10 Days of Modness!

March 15 - 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona

It's our 15th year of award-winning tours, education and events for design professionals and enthusiasts alike

Tours

The star of our event is the Modern Phoenix Home Tour of Ralph Haver homes in Haverhoods Valleywide on Sunday, March 24. Smaller tours are held the week before the big event! Click TICKETS to discover them all.

Talks

Industry experts present on a variety of topics related to midcentury modern design and contemporary challenges. Click TICKETS to register for these important community dialogues starting February 1.

Mixers

Lots of opportunities to mix with experts on Modernism and meet enthusiasts involved in the preservation and restoration of Midcentury Modern design in the Phoenix Metro area. Many events are free with RSVP!

 

 

 

IT'S ALL GOOD IN THE HAVERHOOD!

 

MOST TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 1 AT 9 AM.

 

Modern Phoenix Week Events

Many events are independently ticketed and operated.
Terms and conditions apply. All events are rain or shine.


  • Pillow Talk (1959)

    With Rock Hudson and Doris Day

    Pillow Talk

    6:30 - 8:15 pm | FREE!

    Park Central Mall Breezeway
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    Pillow Talk: It's what goes on when the lights go off! Lounge with us at our pop-up beer garden in the new breezeway commons at Park Central Mall as we screen this racy 1960 Oscar Winner for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. A womanizer (Rock Hudson) and an avant-garde interior designer (Doris Day) share the same telephone party line and try not to fall for each other. Beer garden opens at 4 pm. Bring a pillow and blanket if you like! Presented in partnership with Artlink. Sponsored by National Bank of Arizona.

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  • Being Beadle's Client

    A Tale of Two Fingado Houses

    Janice Fingado in her Beadle House

    | $10

    Copenhagen Imports
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    Join Janice Fingado, a friend of Al Beadle's, for a tell-all account of what is was like to be a client for the Arizona architectural master not only once but twice in the 1950s! Lavishly illustrated with vintage photos from Janice's personal collection, recently acquired by ASU. Light apps and drinks will be served.

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  • Philip Weddle of
    Black Rock Studio

    for the PHX Architecture Forum

    Weddle

    7 - 9 pm | FREE

    For the People
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    Join Philip Weddle of Black Rock Studio as he discusses recent work at the wildly popular PHX Architecture Forum, which engages the public in an ongoing dialogue about architecture and design in the Phoenix area. Architecture is a constructed conversation between people, things, and time; and the Forum is a place where people interested in our built environment can meet and socialize.

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    The Beadle Archive

    An Intimate Viewing

    The Beadle Archive at ASU

    | FREE

    Design and the Arts Library
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    Meet other Al Beadle enthusiasts and those from his inner circle at this intimate viewing of masterworks from the Special Collections at the ASU Design and the Arts Library. Recent drawings, blueprints and photographs acquired from the Janice Fingado collection will be shown for the first time, and Mrs. Fingado will be in attendance as a follow-up to her Thursday night lecture.

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  • Midcentury Chandler

    The Unexpected Gems

    Midcentury Chandler

    | FREE

    Vision Gallery, Chandler
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    Chandler photographer, curator and midcentury home owner Holly Metz highlights our unexpected midcentury gems through vivid contemporary and historic photos. In Holly's illustrated presentation at 7:15, you'll discover the work of Chandler’s very own midcentury architect, Mr. Glenn McCollum, AIA and learn about the history of Chandler’s beautiful vintage churches and unique neighborhoods. This exhibition connects Chandler’s midcentury legacy with the more well known architecture of the Valley.

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  • Photographing Wright

    With Andrew Pielage

    Andrew Pielage Photography Workshop

    Taliesin West
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    A two-day workshop with local Photographer Andrew Pielage, photographing multiple Wright sites, including Taliesin West. Apply creative approaches to composition, image framing and the challenges of light and shadow (including sunrises and sunsets) in these unique and exclusive properties. Participants must provide their own camera, tripod and computer, and it is strongly recommended to have a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Limited Lodging Available at Taliesin West.

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  • Modern Phoenix Expo

    Discover Design + Services

    modern phoenix expo

    The Business School - Indigenous Cultural Center at Scottsdale Community College
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    Nosh street tacos while you explore pop-up shops to find new products and services for modern architecture, interior design, home renovation, furniture, lighting and accessories. Meet contemporary interior designers, landscapers, furniture designers, green builders, architects, historians, preservationists, vintage furniture dealers and other professionals to help you get your job done! Held at the brand new Business School at Scottsdale Community College. Please park in Parking lot D on Chaparral Road.

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  • Paolo Soleri's Cosanti

    With Roger Tomalty

    Cosanti

    | $20 Donation

    Cosanti, Paradise Valley
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    Tour Paolo Soleri's 1956 Cosanti complex led by his special assistant, now Director of Paolo Soleri Studios, Roger Tomalty. Limited to 35 participants. 20% discount on all books and publications about or by Paolo Soleri purchased by participants on day of tour. Wheelchair accessible. Meet in the gallery area at 11am.

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  • Cactus and Succulent

    Selection and Arrangement Workshop

    Succulent planting workshop

    | $40

    Scottsdale Community College
    Room 112 of The Business School
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    Learn how to select compatible cacti and succulents to make an attractive modern pot arrangement. Watering and transplanting tips will help you practice your new skills on your own. This hands-on workshop includes all the materials you'll need to pot an attractive arrangement to take home and nurture!

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  • Tour of The Business School - Indigenous Cultural Center at SCC

    by Architekton

    Cloud Song by Architekton

    | FREE

    East Patio of The Business School - Indigenous Cultural Center at
    Scottsdale Community College
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    Eric Sterner of the firm Architekton will guide an intimate group of 30 through the design and construction of this award-winning center for learning and community on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation at Scottsdale Community College. Afrchitekton believes that buildings, much like the desert and the people who live there, should tell stories. It is through the act of creating a space that evokes a place of stillness and reflection that ultimately brings one closer to their community and environment.

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  • Research Your
    Midcentury Home

    Research your Midcentury Modern Property with Modern Phoenix

    | $20

    Scottsdale Community College
    Room 122 at The Business School
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    Donna Reiner will guide a small group through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases with our pop-up library of magazines, brochures, newspapers, maps and other materials. Presentation is at 10:30am, with open expert-guided research time until noon. Hands-on, so bring a friend, laptop and a camera!

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  • National Register
    Round-up

    The dollars and sense of going historic

    Designer's Panel

    Scottsdale Community College
    in the Business School Lobby
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    Deputy State Historic Preservation officer Chris Cody will break down the economic and cultural benefits of listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and then host a Q&A with three property owners who have taken the leap into going historic. This entry-level seminar is intended to inspire you to consider listing your own home, complex, business or neighborhood on the National Register.

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  • Research Your
    Midcentury Home

    Research your Midcentury Modern Property with Modern Phoenix

    | $20

    Scottsdale Community College
    Room 122 at The Business School
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    Donna Reiner will guide a small group through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases with our pop-up library of magazines, brochures, newspapers, maps and other materials. Presentation is at 1 pm, with open expert-guided research time until 2:30. Hands-on, so bring a friend, laptop and a camera!

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  • Door Prize Drawing

    at Modern Phoenix Expo

    door prizes

    2:30 pm | FREE

    The Business School - Indigenous Cultural Center at
    Scottsdale Community College
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    Come for the workshops and street tacos, stay for the swag! Enter to win fabulous door prizes by the exhibitors at Expo including the last pairs of home tour tickets and the colossal breezeblock doorstop. No purchase necessary, must be present at 2:30 pm to win.

    JUST COME!

  • Ralph Haver:
    Everyman's Modernist

    With Alison King

    Ralph Haver, Everyman's Modernist

    | $10

    Scottsdale Community College
    in the Business School Lobby
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    For over a decade Modern Phoenix Founder Alison King has relentlessly pursued documentation of the lost records of Ralph Haver AIA, and in the process became his authorized biographer. Since this year's home tour focuses on his Haverhoods, it's a great time to brush up on Haver's history and lore. Richly illustrated with vintage graphics and contemporary photography, and chock full of insights and secrets. Proceeds from this talk will help update and expand the Haver Archive at ralphhaver.com.

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  • Modern Phoenix
    Home Tour

    It's All Good in the Haverhood

    Modern Phoenix Home Tour of Ralph Haver Haverhoods

    1 - 6pm | $40 | $45

    Check-in Location TBA

    Features full access to ten cheerfully modern homes designed by Ralph Haver AIA in nine Haverhoods valleywide. Enjoy comparing the different styles of these modest yet beloved homes as they evolved over the years! This is a self-driving and self-guided tour; a map will be provided at check-in on tour day. Tour is rain or shine. Terms and conditions apply. This tour sells out in hours. Box office opens at 9 am February 1. Tickets will not be sold on day of tour.

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  • The Ho Show

    By Danny Upshaw

    The Ho Show

    | FREE

    MonOrchid
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    For five years, Danny Upshaw has captured the many moods of his muse in the downtown cityscape, the iconic 1928 Westward Ho Hotel. Join us for this special Third Friday during the vibrant Art Detour event Downtown to celebrate Danny's first one-man photography show.

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  • SOLD OUT!

    Midcentury Midtown

    Bike Tour

    bike tour of midtown

    GRID bikeshare rack at the Clarendon Hotel
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    Use Phoenix's GRID bikeshare program to explore midcentury modern architecture with two experts from the Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix with Greg Kilroy. We'll get you oriented to the smartphone-friendly bikeshare rental then take an 8 mile flat and casual ride through Phoenix's midtown midcentury marvels. Bring your camera, a helmet and of course bring your own bike if you like!

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  • Paolo Soleri's Cosanti

    With Roger Tomalty

    Cosanti

    | $20 Donation

    Cosanti, Paradise Valley
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    Tour Paolo Soleri's 1956 Cosanti complex led by his special assistant, now Director of Paolo Soleri Studios, Roger Tomalty. Limited to 35 participants. 20% discount on all books and publications about or by Paolo Soleri purchased by participants on day of tour. Wheelchair accessible. Meet in the gallery area at 8am.

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  • Josef Albers in Mexico

    An Artist's Talk with Claire Campbell Park

    Albers

    | FREE

    Heard Museum
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    Join artist and educator Claire Campbell Park, an acclaimed Tucson textile artist, as she guides you through Josef Albers' fascinating experiments with color perception at the new exhibition Josef Albers in Mexico at the Heard Museum. Her gallery talk will be paired with a short presentation of her own textile work, which uses the same timeless principles of simultaneous contrast.

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  • SOLD OUT

    Ultimate Tour of
    the Valley Ho

    Guided Tour

    Valley Ho Tour

    Valley Ho Lobby
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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 and Associates, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Free parking is available on 69th Street and along Main, or use valet at the Ho and get validated for a special $5 (+gratuity) day rate.

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  • Park Lee Alice

    Historic Designation Celebration

    Park Lee Alice

    | FREE

    Park Lee Alice Community Center
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    Join the Park Lee Alice Community as they show off their unique multifamily complex developed by Sam Bialac and designed by Ralph Haver AIA in 1955. Remarks will be made at 4:30, and a guided tour of this unique complex and its green space will begin at 5. Do you have a story about Park Lee Alice? Let us know in your RSVP and we might find a way to include it!

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    Ultimate Tour of
    the Valley Ho

    Guided Tour

    Valley Ho Tour

    Valley Ho Lobby
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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 and Associates, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Free parking is available on 69th Street and along Main, or use valet at the Ho and get validated for a special $5 (+gratuity) day rate.

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  • Modernique Mosaics

    with Chuck Cooper

    Modernique Mosaics

    | $40

    Modernique at Uptown Plaza
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    In anticipation of our event featuring Evelyn Ackerman on Tuesday, come create your own Ackerman-inspired Venetian tile mosaic with Chuck Cooper of Scottsdale Community College. We'll provide a few patterns to try or you can bring a concept of your own to execute. Fee includes all the material you'll need for a 12X12 panel and light refreshments.

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  • Roman Roads

    Progressive Wine Tour

    Roman Roads Wine Tour

    | $45

    Roman Roads
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    Raise a glass or four to celebrate the inclusion of Al Beadle's 1964 Roman Roads complex on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of these sought-after condominium units will be open for wine tasting and snacks at sunset. Rachel Simmons will make remarks about the historic community at 5:30 pm. Tour ticket includes pours from Terroir Wine Bar and a commemorative wine glass. Proceeds benefit common property improvement initiatives at Roman Roads.

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  • SOLD OUT!

    In Tandem

    The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman

    In Tandem

    | $14

    Design Within Reach, Scottsdale
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    In this one-night pop-up exhibit at DWR, enjoy a bite and glass of wine as you view local valley collectors' examples of the Ackerman's mosaics and tapestries, then watch the 22-minute documentary on this dynamic power couple of California Modern Design. An exclusive collection of Jenev ceramics designed in 1953 are available for order from DWR. Laura Ackerman Shaw will wrap up with observations on Growing up Modern in her parents' home and studio.

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  • Midcentury Arizona

    Through the Lens of Jim Gorraiz

    Gorraiz

    | FREE

    For the People
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    The Gorraiz Book Project is a collaboration with Marilyn Szabo, Marshall Shore and the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society to produce an iconic photography book of James Gorraiz's images. James Gorraiz operated the Casa Grande PhotoShop for 25 years from 1950 until 1975. This large collection of photographs provides a historical mid-century portrait of Arizona, and captures the energy of the post war boom happening throughout the country.

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  • Engaging NextGen

    Keynote by Sarah Marsom

    Sarah Marsom

    3:00 pm | FREE

    Park Central Mall Breezeway
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    Meet 2018's National Trust for Historic Preservation's American Express Aspire Award Winner Sarah Marsom, who has engaged a new generation of future leaders in preservation and city planning through her TinyActivist project and other urban interventions. Marsom will share her insight on engaging millennials and digital natives in the art of celebrating heritage in the built environment. Presented in partnership with Artlink.

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  • EVENT FULL

    Park Central Mall

    Tour with Richärd + Bauer

    Park Central

    4:15 pm | FREE

    Park Central Mall Breezeway
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    Join Lee Swanson AIA and Kevin Kolden AAIA for a personal guided tour through Richärd + Bauer's re-imagining of this iconic outdoor mall originally designed by Welton Becket in 1956. Richärd + Bauer are in the process of returning Park Central to its rightful position as the heart of Midtown Phoenix, by creating a vibrant mix of sustainable spaces and programs that encourage a healthy work- and life-style. This first phase of redevelopment will be the catalyst for a tectonic shift in the urban fabric of Phoenix and Midtown’s capacity for technology, commerce, entertainment, and urban living.

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  • SOLD OUT!

    Sew Modern!

    With Sarah Marsom

    Tiny Activist

    5:00 pm | $20 or $30

    Park Central Mall Breezeway
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    Meet Tiny Jane Jacobs and her creator Sarah Marsom in this playful sewing session featuring this year's Desert Modernism Fabric Design Challenge winners, sponsored by Spoonflower. Ticket includes everything you need to make one or two 18" throw pillows using this year's winning fabric designs. Don't know how to sew? Don't worry! Members of The Garment League of Phoenix will be on hand to guide you through this easy project. Fee includes everything you need and complimentary admission to the Pillow Talk screening at 6:30. Presented in partnership with The Garment League and Artlink.

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Hotels with Midcentury Modern Flair

20% Discount for guests at Valley Ho and Mountain Shadows using promo codes below, valid March 14-27

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Book with promo code PROMODPHX

The Clarendon

401 W Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Mountain Shadows

5445 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Book with promo code PROMODPHX

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