Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network

First Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour

April 2005

During the home tour, James LaBar shares the results with his research on the Windemere neighborhood history with his neighbor, architect Jim Richärd -- her majesty Orion presiding. James' chalkboard timeline offered much-needed research on neighborhood history, including aerial maps and articles about Ralph Haver and his associates. James used a surplus-bought chalkboard from Arizona State University
to fill in blanks through Windemere's history. Marty Trahan, a newcomer to the state, scanned the streets of Phoenix with Interior Design educator Carol Morrow. The Richärd Residence's front lawn was an inviting semi-public space that drew members further into the home tour. Joint compound was manipulated to form this combed texture on both sides of a dividing wall. This wall treatment was a feature members couldn't stop talking about. Like many Windemere residences, the Richärd's backyard features a modest kidneybean pool with classic springboard diver. The corrugated-clad area is an encosure of the original driveway pad. Real estate agent Jennifer Hibbard chats with Al Beadle's great neice
Lindsey Kohrt and their husbands, Matthew and Loring at the LaBar's home. Homeowner Jeff explains his plans for the front facade renovation of his Haver Home with Wolfgang and Bettina who are seeking the next trend in modern living, even long-distance from Germany! Jeff and Lexine's unglazed hardscape by sunset... and semi-glazed by the blue of dusk... Sturdy wire bins containing recovered and distressed bricks await laying. The Place Doctor Walt Lockely and Darlene enjoyed their stroll through Picadilly, closely by the Peterson family and the Kohrts. The peak turnout was well over 100, the majority of whom were ModPhx members. Seven door prizes generously donated by community members were a big draw to the ModPhx volunteer table. 2b mod's donated fiberglass Eames chair blended perfectly into the handpainted swirly hardscape of the Danley's backyard as partiers anticipated the door prize drawings. ModPhx site founders Matthew and Alison King are surprised with receipt of a Danley family artifact: a repro of a watercolor rendering of a modern home, including butterfly-roofed garage. Illustration by Ignacio Salvador Pizzo, Shawn's grandfather.

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Photos 2005 Modern Phoenix LLC and Walt Lockley