Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network

Progress + Preservation

The 3rd Annual Modern Phoenix Expo and
Home Tour in Ralph Haver's Marlen Grove, 2007



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Our Progress + Preservation event spotlights the urgent need to practice mid-century modern design preservation while also honoring the independent spirits that create contemporary design in Phoenix. This weekend event will juxtapose local attitudes and approaches toward both Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architecture and design. We'll take the dialogue between past and present to the next level by bringing together a dynamic mix of creative personalities in a variety of stimulating venues. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event.

Ralph Haver, Ben Allison and Allen Kalchik have all played a part in designing and re-designing this midcentury modern home in Marlen Grove. Demonstrating the adaptability of midcentury modern design, Haver Homes are sought for their flexible spaces, urban locations -- and now historical significance.



Saturday March 24: Expo and Seminars

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA]

12 - 4 pm

Free public expo featuring Modern Phoenix Member-owned specialty products and services related to modernism and modern contemporary design including: fine art, mid-century modern furniture, real estate, green design, interior design, custom contemporary furniture, design preservation and design education. Contact to reserve a table for your business.

Free admission to The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for Modern Phoenix Home Tour Ticketholders.

Free information and dialogue on preservation and research of mid-century design at the City of Scottsdale and City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission tables.

Exhibition of the Modern Phoenix Interior Design Project, where three Modern Phoenix members have the interiors of their Midcentury Modern homes redesigned by students of The Art Institute of Phoenix.

12:30 pm
$5 ticket

Troy Bankord, Principal/Environmental Designer of TM Bankord, Inc.
"Making the Connection Between Interior & Exterior Spaces"
Discover the importance of the landscape to the Modern home and how connecting interior and exterior spaces creates an extended living space. This effect can be accomplished with the use of compatible and familiar design elements, plantings, organic materials, garden lighting, glass, architectural extensions & details.

Call the box office at 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

1:30 pm
$5 ticket

Bob Mather, Architect at Westlake Reed Leskosky and Co-Author of Historic Preservation Guidelines for the Town and Country District
"Design Within Constraints: Preserving Historic Haver Homes"
This seminar will shed some light on architect Ralph Haver and why his work is so important. Known Haver neighborhoods and their significance for preservation status will be discussed. Learn how to identify character-defining elements for Haver Homes and review design guidelines recommended by the preservation commission.

Call the box office at 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

2:30 pm
$5 ticket

Michael P. Johnson interviewed by Desert Living editor David Tyda
"Contemporary Transformations of Midcentury Modern Homes"
Michael and his good friend David will recount the adventures of an architect in transforming Midcentury Modern homes into spaces fit for new residents and postmodern living. Projects including Ralph Haver homes will be discussed.

Call the box office at 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

3:45 pm

Door prize drawing sponsored by Modern Phoenix members and businesses.
Contact to contribute a prize, or attend the expo to enter the free drawing. Must be present to win.

Event Hosts
Matthew and Alison King

Event Partner
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Event Sponsors
Desert Living Magazine
The Art Institute of Phoenix

Event Contributors
Red Modern Furniture
Modern Quilts
Gore Design Co.
Stel Objekt
The Green Room
Square Peg Furniture
04 City Condos
niche [find yours]
Retro Redux
Phoenix Metro Retro
Light Up Your Life, Inc.
Ross + Shirley Cobb, Long Realty
Boon, Inc.
Bedazzled Gallery
Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
Arizona Society of the American Institute of Building Design
Home 123

Contact Alison to become a Contributor and get listed today. Door Prize contributions are an excellent way to reach your market of Modern lovers and show your commitment to the Modern Phoenix movement!

4 - 5:30 pm
$10 ticket

Keynote Speaker Alan Hess, author of The Ranch House, architect and architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News.
"The Hidden History of Mid-Century Modern"
The heady years after World War II generated a wide spectrum of startling and superb architecture. The spare structures of the Case Study Houses contrasted with the opulent Organic designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and his many disciples; exquisite and expensive custom homes were balanced by the mass produced Ranch House which solved the national housing crisis with sweeping success. This diversity has been forgotten in recent years, though. This talk will try to remind us about the true variety, vitality and excellence of architecture in the mid twentieth century. Booksigning event to follow.

Call the box office at 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.



Sunday March 25: Home Tour in Ralph Haver's Marlen Grove

2 - 5 pm
$30 Ticket
$25 SMoCA members before Feb 1

Self-guided walking tour through the Ralph Haver Homes of Marlen Grove.

Call the box office at 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

Contact if you live in Marlen Grove and wish to open your home this day. Please also read our FAQ for homeowners.

6 - 9 pm

Retro Cocktail Hour Revisited: Modern Phoenix Members-only afterparty at Red Modern Furniture, sponsored by Desert Living magazine '

Featuring contemporary reinterpretations of classic mid-century cocktail party appetizers by The Art Institute of Phoenix Culinary Program. Pick up your invitation at the tour.


Buzz from the Modern Phoenix Home Tour in 2006

"Thanks for the wonderful event on Sunday. I know it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to create this, and it is so worth it! I felt a connection to my neighborhood that I haven't felt since I moved here (and missed from my last neighborhood), and made some connections that I think are seeds for the future. It can be a challenge to create community in Phoenix. Efforts like yours are so important."

Marie Jones
Home Tour 2006 Homeowner

"This whole event was a ton of fun! Thank you to everyone that helped out! It was all very inspirational and gave Shawn and I the impetus that we needed to get some things done we've been wanting to do for quite a while.

I would also like to thank all of the tour participants. Everyone was very gracious, polite, and respectful. It was a pleasure to share our home with so many wonderful people. I especially loved the opportunity to meet so many of our neighbors with similar interests in modernism."

Monica Augustinak
Home Tour 2006 Homeowner

"Many, many thanks to Alison and Matthew for all their hard work putting together the 2006 Modern Phoenix Home Tour! The event had something for everybody, from the expo to the seminars, to the tours of Paradise Gardens. And, as any of you who were there know, the entire event went off without a hitch. Something else that was evident today: the community that Alison and Matthew started online has gone well beyond the virtual world, and spilled over into the real world.

Early this morning, before heading over to the Art Institute, I wasn't feeling very well at all. So, the plan was to give my little talk, maybe look at a couple homes, and call it a day. But that's not how it turned out at all. Kate and I had such a great time, and met so many interesting people; we ended up closing down the party at the Jarsons around 9:30. How to explain this "miracle cure?" The way I see it, it can only be the healing power of the Modern Phoenix community -- and we have Alison and Matthew to thank for it. So, thank you."  

Peter Wolf
Home Tour 2006 Guest Speaker


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