Return To Paradise

The 6th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour + Expo on April 10 + 11, 2010

About Modern Phoenix Week 2010
Young/Belanger Residence
Patterson Montoya Residence
Volcko Residence
David Residence
McCollum Project
Glotfelty-Jones Residence
Tames Residence
Dunlop House
Koepnick Residence
Fernandes Residence
Calm & Collected House
Schneider Residence
Desert House
Expo Vendors
Safari Nights: First Friday
About Paradise Gardens

This page may look familiar if you participated in 2010, but its purpose has changed from a live itinerary to a permanent archive. You can launch directly into coverage of Modern Phoenix Week events using the navigation above or links embedded in the complete itinerary below.

Opening Remarks

Modern Phoenix Week showcases our region’s legacy as hotspot for Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architectural design. In 2010 we Returned to Paradise — Paradise Gardens, that is — a 1960s subdivision that is the only example of tract homes involving the input of Arizona architect Alfred Newman Beadle.

Home in Paradise Gardens

Though the extent of his involvement is hotly contested Beadle's touch lingers in the spirit of the homes. Paradise Gardens is one of the Valley's magnets for creative professionals who greatly transform or restore the homes in the Modernist spirit.


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Home in Paradise Gardens
Event Itinerary

April 10 – Modern Phoenix Expo + Seminars

The Dome House and Cosanti including Soleri's Bridge (in progress)
Private hosted bus tour of the Exclusive Dome House in Cave Creek, then a hosted visit to Cosanti in Paradise Valley to view Soleri's Bridges project in process. 24 participants must register to go, space is limited!
8 am - 12 pm
Tickets $50

Soleri & Mills Dome House Tour
Modern Phoenix Expo
Our bustling Modern Market on the light-flooded floor of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts atrium is the ideal venue to debut your new products or services related to Modernism, architecture, interior design and home renovation. Vintage fashion, jewelry, furniture, lighting and accessory delaers are welcome. Contemporary interior designers, landscapers, green builders and architects are also encouraged to apply. Scheduled seminars in the same building guarantee a steady flow of traffic.
11 am - 5 pm
FREE | Map

Research Your Midcentury Modern Home Using Primary Resources
John Jacquemart guides the curious through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases. Workshop features access to the Modern Phoenix archives of popular magazines from the 50s and 60s, and John's personal collection of primary sources.
11 am
FREE | Map
Creating a New Image: Phoenix Mid-Century Branch Banks
Donna Reiner Ph.D reveals why the ample stock of quality Mid-Century Modern branch banks in Phoenix is not an accident. Rather than despair over banks that were lost, her slideshow will celebrate the details of our city's commitment to architectural quality.
12 pm
FREE | Map
The Ralph Haver + Jimmie Nunn Partnership: 1952 – 1985
Modern Phoenix Founder Alison King takes the audience through 30+ years of collaboration in one of Phoenix's largest midcentury architecture firms with her lavishly illustrated vintage slide show.
1 pm
FREE | Map
The Arizona School of Architecture: Modern Architecture in Phoenix After the War
By Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and former professor at ASU. Post-war Phoenix gave rise to a new school of thought in contemporary architecture. Mr. Kroloff reviews the rise of what he has termed the "Arizona School."
2 pm | Map
Tickets $10
$25,000 Modern Phoenix scholarship winner
Announcement and display by The Art Institute of Phoenix
3:30 pm
FREE | Map
Door Prize Announcements
Contact Alison to become a door prize contributor and have your business permanently linked to on this page.
3:30 pm
FREE | Map
A Shared Perspective by Ned Sawyer
Ned Sawyer talks about his body of architectural work in Arizona and work with Al Beadle in the 1960s.
4:00 pm
FREE | Map

Home in Paradise Gardens

April 11 — Our Sunday Tours

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
10:30 am
Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens
A self-guided walking tour of about a dozen homes in the Paradise Gardens neighborhood of North Phoenix. Recognized as Best Home Tour by The Phoenix New Times 2009!
1 - 6 pm
Afterparty at The Vig Uptown
16th Street and Bethany Home Road
Join us to celebrate The Vig Uptown's renovation of AIA award-winning architecture by Ralph Haver & Associates in 1963. Circle West Architects have stripped away decades of add-ons to reveal the structure in a new way. Tour homeowners, volunteers, speakers and ticketholders are invited to attend.

6 pm - 8 pm
FREE apps and drinks for tour ticketholders
Afterparty at the Vig


$25,000 Modern Phoenix Interior Design Scholarship

Offered by The Art Institute of Phoenix

Modern Phoenix Interior Design Scholarship
The Modern Phoenix Interior Design Scholarship is an annual merit based scholarship awarded to a high school graduate interested in studying Interior Design. The scholarship honors the contributions made by the Modern Phoenix organization and its continuing efforts to educate the community and students on the importance and preservation of mid-century design, art and architecture in Phoenix. High school seniors, college transfer students and adult learners are all encouraged to apply. The scholarship winner will be announced at our Expo on April 10, 2010.

April 7 – Scholarship Workshops for 2011 Applicants

Workshops for High School juniors and seniors will be held at The Art Institute of Phoenix for prospective Interior Design Scholarship applicants. Get a leg up on the competition! Workshops include:
  • Visualizing Mid-Century Modern Interiors & Furniture
  • Drawing & Painting: Creating a Modernist Palette of Textiles, Colors, & Materials
  • 3D Modeling of a Modern Space Using Paper
9:30 am -
12 pm