Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network

5th Annual Modern Phoenix Week 2009

Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Arcadia and Uptown Phoenix

Whiffen Houes by Cal Straub The Whiffen Estate
Architect: Calvin C. Straub, FAIA
Year: 1964
Renovation Completion: 100%
Style: Arts and Crafts meets Midcentury Modern More about the Whiffen Estate

Save this architecturally significant historic structure! Hidden for decades, this home bridged the gap between the Nuevo Arts & Crafts aesthetic and the modern modular concept. The marriage of these influences with the emerging Sonoran desert regionalism was born in this home. Built in 1964, this was a uniquely rare 2-story home in Arcadia. UPDATE: This home was sold and demolished shortly after the tour. Experience the environmental considerations incorporated via site planning, solar orientation, shading elements, and the spectacular Camelback Mountain. Considered the “father of California post & beam architecture” Cal Straub’s signature pin-wheel layout is classic MCM which allows for an easy sympathetic expansion within the original footprint.   Lambda Car Club lent the cars for the day.

Whiffen Houes by Cal Straub


Photos 2009 Chip Allison, Ryan Justham, Chris Crosby,
Regina Alexander, Mike Williard, Modern Phoenix LLC