The F.M. Guirey Residence on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

F.M. Guirey Residence by Fred Guirey, AIA

The 5th Annual Modern Phoenix Expo and
Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Tour
in Uptown Phoenix and Arcadia

April 4 + 5, 2009

This year's event spotlights the urgent need to discuss and document the Valley's endangered pool of world-class midcentury modern architecture.

The central event of the week, the Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Home Tour, gives participants an interactive view into restored midcentury modern homes in the Uptown Phoenix and Arcadia neighborhoods including homes designed by Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Calvin Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman and Donn Wooldridge.

NOTE: The 2009 TOUR SOLD OUT so...

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Casa de Surya on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

Casa de Surya (The Knight Residence) by Harold Ekman, AIA

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Oregon House by Donn Wooldridge

Visual Acoustics Magazine

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Desert Living

The Art Institute of Phoenix

Homework Remodels

Valley Ho

Modern Phoenix

Event Hosts
Matthew and Alison King

Event Partner
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Desert Living Magazine
The Art Institute of Phoenix
Homework Remodels
The Hotel Valley Ho

Lambda Car Club
Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory AIA Arizona
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Exhibitors Plus Minus Studio
Zero to Nine House Numbers Lightform Lighting
Upgrade Design
Custom Teak
Mid-Mod Design
Syteks Design
Heidi Abrahamson
180 Degrees
Contemporary Lighting Heritage Master Builders
Soho Southwest
Courier Graphics
The Construction Zone
Black Cat Vintage
John Tuomisto Bell
Nostalgic Alley
AZ Bronze Atelier
Lux Design Build
Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission
Phoenix Historic Preservation Office
Scottsdale Green Building Program
The Art Institute of Phoenix
AZ Preservation Foundation
Modern Phoenix
The Edge 103.9
Desert Living
Gnosis, Ltd.

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Homework Remodels
Mid-Mod Landscape Design
Alison King
Heidi Abrahamson
Purple Nickel Studio
Jason Hill
Contemporary Lighting Design & Consultation
Lightform Lighting
Just Breathe
Boon, Inc
The Tuck Shop
John Tuomisto Bell
Tonnesen, Inc
Gnosis, Ltd
Tim Mitchell
Nostalgic Alley


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6:30 - 8:30 pm $20 Tickets available at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2.

First Friday April 3

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
With an introduction by Director Eric Bricker

Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of 97-year-old architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. The resulting images helped to shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, with Shulman documenting the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, including some of the well-known architects of Modern Phoenix such as Blaine Drake and Ralph Haver. Slides of Shulman's photography in Phoenix will be displayed before the film. View trailer at: Screening Location:
Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL)
234 North Central Ave.
9th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004 Directions and Parking at PURL
11:30 - 4:30 pm

Saturday April 4: Free Expo and Seminars

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] FREE public expo featuring Modern Phoenix Member-owned specialty products and services related to modernism and modern contemporary design including: 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, including a FREE SEMINARS on researching your midcentury Modern home, and period-appropriate color palettes. FREE Door prize drawing at 3:00 sponsored by Modern Phoenix members. Contact to contribute a prize, or attend the expo to enter the free drawing. Must be present from 3 pm - 3:20 pm o to win.

Saturday April 4

3:30 -5 pm $10 Tickets Available at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2   KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Don Ryden, AIA, Ryden Architects

The Architecture of Enterprise:
Uplifting Design of Modern Phoenix 1945-1975

In 2006, The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office contracted Don Ryden to complete a survey of midcentury-era commercial architecture in Phoenix. His findings range from Googie style gimmicks to seriously iconic work by world-renown architects. In this first major study devoted exclusively to the commercial architectural design of Phoenix during this era, Ryden will take us on a lavishly-illustrated armchair tour through both well-recognized and little-known sites.  
1:30 - 2:25 pm $10 Tickets Available at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2 Julius Shulman, Architectural Photographer
Interviewed by David Tyda, Editor of Desert Living Magazine
Progress + Preservation Trough the Lens
While architectural photographer Julius Shulman is primarily remembered for his artful documentation of California architecture, it is a little-known and rarely-published fact that Shulman also photographed in Arizona as well. Samples of Shulman's Arizona work will be shown as the pair discusses the importance of preserving architectural treasures. Learn some of Shulman's photography techniques and what it was like to work with some of this century's greatest architects. NOTE: Although our original plan was to speak with Mr. Shulman directly in our auditorium, we have recently learned that he is too frail to travel at this time. An appropriate substitution will make this an interesting alternative to your typical slide show / lecture!
12:30 - 1:25 pm $5 Tickets Available at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2 Richard A. Eribes, PhD, AIA, University of Arizona
Mythic Influence: Calvin C. Straub's Work in Phoenix
After a very successful career designing for the cultural elite in Los Angeles, Cal Straub left California to become a professor at Arizona State University. In addition to an impressive body of work that often fused Arts and Crafts styling with Modern sensibility, Straub also left an indelible impression on the lives of those he taught at ASU. Dick Eribes will provide a biographical sketch and illustrated tour through Straub's significant works, with a spotlight on those he completed in Arizona.
11:30- 12:25 pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC John Jacquemart, Historian
Researching Your Midcentury Modern Home using Primary Sources Follow the information hound John Jacquemart through the stages of launching a quest to research midcentury Modern homes and neighborhoods using local resources and online databases. Enhanced by rich illustrations and hands-on exploration of actual historical media John has found, this workshop is perfect for the Modern homeowner wishing to discover their home's history.

The Smith Residence on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

Smith Residence by Ned Sawyer, AIA Avenida Hermosa Modern Cat Ralph Haver

Avenida Hermosa by Haver (AIA) Nunn (FAIA) + Collamer, then by

11:30- 12:25 pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC   Rachel Simmons
Modern Color: Historic Mid-Century Color Palettes
Throughout the postwar era House and Garden magazine published color forecasts followed by product manufacturers and consumers, influencing modern interior design. Come view color palettes and learn about the colors specific to the year your home was built, as well as a general postwar color palette that encompasses the entire era.
11:30- 12:25 pm $15 (includes materials fee) SOLD OUT!

Charlie Ray, Designer, The Green Room
Cacti and Succulents as Living Sculpture In addition to leading the indoors out, a principle tenet of Modernism is bringing the outdoors in. Learn how to create living modern sculpture out of low-maintenance cacti and succulents in this hands-on workshop. Plant selection, dramatic staging, top dressing, potting, aesthetics, and maintenance will be discussed.
10 - 11:30 am
April 4
- OR -
April 5

Ace Bailey, President, Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours The Ultimate Tour of the Hotel Valley Ho
Tour this iconic Scottsdale resort designed by Ed Varney in 1956 and rehabilitated beyond its glory in 2004 by Mark Philp of Allen + Philp. In addition to the standard tour, guests of Modern Phoenix will experience an exclusive tour of one of the condominium penthouses. Refreshments provided. Tourgoers also receive special discount cards for Trader Vic’s, Café ZuZu and the VH Spa. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Valet Parking available Hotel Valley Ho during Modern Phoenix Week 2009

Hotel Valley Ho originally by Ed Varney, AIA (original) and renovated by Allen + Philp Architects, AIA

  Haver family home tonka vista

Pernell Residence (Haver Family Home Complex) by Ralph Haver, AIA, then Harry Pernell Hobza REsidence Brett Hobza Homework REmodels Marlen Grove

Hobza/Bageant Residence by Ralph Haver, AIA, then Brett Hobza/Homework Remodels  

SOLD OUT! Sunday April 5 2009: Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Tour
in Uptown Phoenix, Arcadia and surrounding area

1 - 6 pm $25 SOLD OUT! A map of exactly where to check in on the day of tour will be mailed with your tickets. Home Tour SOLD OUT!
Self-guided park-and-walk tour through custom homes, tract homes and condos by Modern architects Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Cal Straub, Fred Guirey, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman, Donn Wooldridge, and more! The Lambda Car Club of Central Arizona Chapter will have their vintage autos out for the day for our enjoyment. Vintage automobiles on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

Vintage automobiles at almost every home!

  The White Gates Residence on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

White Gates Residence by Al Beadle Whiffen House Cal Straub Phoenix Arizona

Whiffen House by Cal Straub, FAIA The Sorosky House on Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2009

Sorosky House by Woolsey Studio, AIA

6 - 9 pm Free to
home tour ticketholders
Retro Cocktail Hour Revisited: Modern Phoenix Afterparty at Hanny's restaurant, downtown Phoenix
Sponsored by Desert Living magazine.

Haver family home Tonka VistaBuzz about Previous Modern Phoenix Home Tours

Radio feature on NPR about 2007's Tour in Marlen Grove

"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 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 Homeowner

"Many, many thanks to Alison and Matthew for all their hard work putting together the 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 Guest Speaker


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