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Modern Phoenix Week
2013 Wrap-Up

Revisit our 2013 events!

Home Starkovich Shorewood
Sheldon Motley's Photos Oberfield Grovermont
Shepherd of the Valley Emma Valley Ho
Valley National Bank Mariposa People
Flynn / Burke Sunview Cars
Adkins Weaver VIP Party
Stemp Ojile Expo + Speakers

Our 9th Annual home tour featured Phoenix's fabulous West Side neighborhoods such as Starlite Vista, SunView Estates, North Central Avenue and the Midtown Garden Apartment district. This self-guided tour took visitors through vintage modern homes by Ralph Haver, Charles Polacek and Robert Starkovich as well as contemporary remodels by The Ranch Mine, Mod Architecture + Planning, JNL Homes, JoBuilt Construction and Modern Design Environments LLC. Contractors, homeowners and architects hung out on site to interact in a casual and fun setting!

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Modern Phoenix Week 2013

FRI APRIL 12 \\\ 7 - 10 PM \\\ FREE
Drawings by Kelsey Dake
At Phoenix Metro Retro in Central Phoenix
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Join us for a reception and meet the artist Kelsey Dake, one of Print Magazine's Top 20 under 30. She'll have drawings of vintage neon signage available for purchase. Location: Phoenix Metro Retro 708 West Hazelwood Phoenix, AZ 85013 Phone: 602.279.0702

Kelsey Drake Illustration

SAT APRIL 13 \\\ 11 - 11:45 AM
FREE WITH RSVP

Private Tour of Paolo Soleri's Cosanti Foundation with Roger Tomalty
At Cosanti in Paradise Valley.
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Join us for a tour of Paolo Soleri's 1959 Cosanti complex led by his special assistant Roger Tomalty. 10% discount on all Soleri windbells and books purchased by RSVPed participants on day of tour. Wheelchair accessible. Meet in the gift shop area at 11 am.

Event is free with RSVP to pr@arcosanti.org or by phone at 928-632-6225. Address: 6433 Doubletree Road (east of Invergordon.) Paradise Valley 85253

cosanti

SAT APRIL 13 \\\ 1 - 2:30 PM
Ultimate Tour of the Hotel Valley Ho
TICKETS $19.56 \\\ 480-499-8587
At the Valley Ho in Scottsdale
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Explore the architecture and past of this mid-century-modern landmark, a Hollywood hideaway since 1956 and host to stars like Janet Leigh, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood. Designed by architect Edward Varney, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Valet Parking available. Questions? Call (480) 634-6850. Tickets are $19.56 at 480-499-TKTS [8587] or purchase tickets online here.

valley ho

MON APRIL 15 \\\ 7 - 8:30 PM \\\ FREE
"People in Glass Houses"
A Film about Joseph Eichler

At Design Within Reach in Scottsdale
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Midcentury Modern enthusiasts will delight in this film celebrating the passion of homeowners, architects and fans of the homes built by Joseph Eichler in California between 1949 and 1974. People in Glass Houses is the first film to explore the legacy of the Eichler phenomenon and seeks to discover what makes these homes so compelling. Featuring interviews with seven Eichler owners in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as conversations with Ned Eichler, son of Joseph Eichler, and Paul Adamson, noted author, Eichler historian and architect.

eichler
View Trailer on Youtube. Cocktails at 6:30, film starts at 7. Address: 4821 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 85251. T: 480-970-8800
TUESDAY APRIL 16 \\\ 7 pm \\\ FREE
Architecture “Slide Slam” Presentation In collaboration with AIA Arizona
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See Valley architects present their work. Includes Page Repp, AIA, Repp Design & Construction; James Richärd, AIA, Richärd + Bauer; Mark Ryan, AIA, Mark Ryan Studio; and Matthew and Maria Salenger, AIA, CoLAB. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2 Theater.

slide slam
Flynn Redux 2012 project by CoLAB

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17 \\\ 6 - 8 pm \\\ FREE
Modern Ranch Makeovers
At Copenhagen Imports in Central Phoenix
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Thinking about a makeover for your Mid Century home? Join us for a special presentation by Cavin Costello and Claire Aton of The Ranch Mine, who will share their unique vision for bringing new life to Mid-Century Modern and smaller ranch-style homes in the Phoenix area. Also speaking will be Copenhagen owner Erik Hansen, who will reflect upon Copenhagen's 43 years as the Valley's original modern furniture pioneer. Wine and hors d' oeuvres will be provided by Duck & Decanter. Event is free. Address: 1701 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-266-8060

The Ranch Mine
The Sunview House is a Haver Home remodeled by The Ranch Mine

THU APRIL 18 \\\ 6 - 8 PM \\\ FREE WITH RSVP
100 Years of the Formica® Brand
At Union Workspace in Phoenix
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Forever Formica

The Formica® brand is turning 100 this year and we're throwing a party around the world! Join us as we take a journey through our rich design history - from industrial product to celebrated modern wonder material.

formica in the 50s

The Formica Group, the original inventor of laminate and continued design leader, worked with the world renowned design firm Pentagram to create an exclusive anniversary collection to celebrate with a fresh take on iconic Formica® laminate. The party's at Union Workspace, and presented in collaboration with IFDA and The Velocity Group. RSVP at 100yearsofformica@formica.com or 513-786-3301. Address: 1729 E. Osborn Rd. 2nd Floor, Phoenix AZ 85016

FRI APRIL 19 \\\ 9:00 - 11 AM \\\ TICKETS $40
Tour the Superlite Block Factory with Tazmine Loomans
At 42nd Ave & West Highland Ave.
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Discover how Phoenix became the Block Capital of the World on this guided tour of the Superlite block factory on Phoenix's west side. Learn about the materials being used to restore the David and Gladys Wright house in Arcadia, and see actual Superlite blocks being made with architectural critic and writer Tazmine Loomans. Please bring your own hard hat if you have one! Order tickets for $40 online here. Do not call the SMoCA box office. A portion of the proceeds benefit Arizona Preservation Foundation.

superlite globe
Expo

Modern Phoenix Expo 2013

Free workshops, slide shows, ticketed tours, exhibitors and a movie made this a day full of learning and fun. Home tour ticket holders enjoyed free admission to SMoCA all day long!

MORNING EVENTS
9 - 11 AM \\\ TICKETS $40
Bus Tour of Scottsdale’s ‘Most Western’ Midcentury Gems
With The Hipstorian Marshall Shore
Meets at Scottsdale Center for the Perfomring Arts
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Join Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, for a bus tour showcasing some of Scottsdale’s modern architecture gems. Sites include Glass and Garden Community Drive-In Church, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Motorola, the Triangle Building, Craftsman Court, The Royal Garden Townhouses and additional surprises along the way! Tickets are $40 and are available here on Eventbrite.

cosanti

9 - 9:45 AM \\\ FREE WITH RSVP
Private Tour of Paolo Soleri's Cosanti Foundation
With Roger Tomalty
Meets at Cosanti in Paradise Valley
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Join us for a tour of Paolo Soleri's 1959 Cosanti complex led by his special assistant Roger Tomalty. 10% discount on all Soleri windbells and books purchased by RSVPed participants on day of tour. Wheelchair accessible. Meet in the gift shop area at 9 am.

Event is free with RSVP to pr@arcosanti.org or by phone at 928-632-6225. Address: 6433 Doubletree Road (east of Invergordon.) Paradise Valley 85253

cosanti

10-11:30 AM \\\ TICKETS $19.56
Ultimate Tour of the Hotel Valley Ho
With Ace Bailey of Ultimate Art Tours
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Explore the architecture and past of this mid-century-modern landmark, a Hollywood hideaway since 1956 and host to stars like Janet Leigh, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood. Designed by architect Edward Varney, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Valet Parking available. Questions? Call (480) 634-6850. Tickets are $19.56 at 480-499-TKTS [8587] or purchase tickets online here.

valley ho

11 AM - 12 PM \\\ FREE
Research your Midcentury Modern Home Using Primary Sources
With Donna Reiner and John Jacquemart
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John and Donna guide a small group through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases. Workshop features access to the Modern Phoenix archives of vintage magazines and newspapers from the 50s and 60s, and John's personal collection of primary sources.

research
AFTERNOON EVENTS
12 - 1 PM \\\ FREE
Phoenix's Street of Dreams: The Visual Extravaganza That Was Van Buren
With Douglas Towne
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In the age before interstate highways, roadside strips dominated by "gas, food and lodging" enterprises attracted customers with their exotic names and animated neon signs. Van Buren Street was Phoenix's main strip where four major cross-country highways coalesced into one thoroughfare. Called the "Funset Strip" by locals, Van Buren's signage and whimsical architecture was set to follow the pattern of Las Vegas, but now scant evidence remains of this glamorous era. Retro-journalist Douglas Towne will illuminate Van Buren's dazzling history in a richly illustrated slide show, and share contemporary preservation strategies being used to save roadside strips and signage.

van buren

1 - 2 PM \\\ FREE
A Modern Castle in the Sky: The David & Gladys Wright Residence
By Frank Henry
Studio Master Emeritus, Taliesin West
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Arizonans and the international community were in suspense for months as the fate of the David & Gladys Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright hung in the balance -- real estate developers threatened to level the iconic architectural masterpiece in Arcadia last year, testing the mettle of Arizona law Proposition 207. Using vintage photography, blueprints and Taliesin lore, Mr. Henry will illustrate the building's history and construction and relay the effort of several alliances that worked to preserve the vintage modern home in its darkest hour.

david wright

2 - 3 PM \\\ 3- 3:30 BREAKOUT SESSION \\\ FREE
Creating Places of Peace in Modern Environments
With Troy Bankord
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As an organic landscape & interior designer, Troy Bankord's Midcentury home & garden designs have been featured in publications, on architectural tours and on television for over 25 years. Join Sunset Magazine’s King of Concrete Block & Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine’s Master of the Southwest for an exploration of how his principles of indoor-outdoor connectivity, layering, circular energy and balance invite the warmth of peace into the orderly tenets of our modern homes and lifestyles.

bankord

3:30 - 4 PM \\\ FREE
Door Prize Drawings
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Check out all the amazing door prize contributors listed in the section below! Visit the Expo and enter to win original and locally-crafted design. Must be present at time of drawing to win! Contact alison@modernphoenix.net to become a door prize contributor and have your business permanently linked to on this page.

4 - 5:30 pm \\\ TICKETS $7
Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form
Arizona Premiere of Documentary About Paolo Soleri
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This cinéma vérité style documentary presents a fresh look at the legendary and multi talented man Paolo Soleri, known as an artist, craftsman, architect, urban theorist, and philosopher. He known by most as an architect engaged in prototyping an alternative to suburban sprawl, known as Arcosanti. Now nearly 94 years old, you'll see why Paolo Soleri was green before “green” and “sustainable” ever entered the world lexicon. The film will be followed by a Q-and-A session with director Aimee Madsen and a guided tour of SMoCA's Soleri exhibition featuring Cosanti Foundations’ Tomiaki Tamura and Roger Tomalty with SMoCA Assistant Curator Claire C. Carter.


Preview the trailer here. Held at Stage 2 of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Seating is limited. Tickets are $7 and may be ordered online here or by calling 480-499-TKTS [8587]. Address: 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 85251 and Parking Information