Modern Phoenix's 2014 home tour found Midcentury Modern fans trekking through greater Arcadia on Sunday, April 6, to take a peek into homes with vintage (and curb) appeal.
With 16 residential stops and a nice sampling of Arizona's most notable architects, including Paolo Soleri, Al Beadle, and Ralph Haver, the sold-out event featured homes and condos that ranged from full-on remodels to well preserved gems. Here are the 10 coolest things -- from cement blocks to a cantilever porch -- that Jackalope Ranch spotted during the must-attend event.
10. This Lance Enyart design was the sole stop in the Ingleside Inn neighborhood, and this Scottsdale-adjacent 1962 ranch near 60th Street and Thomas Road featured subtle modern updates, walnut floors, and a few pops of orange on the exterior.
9. While it was difficult to get a feel for the interiors of Arcadia Green's 1967 patio homes, located north of Thomas Road off 48th Street, (many looked like they've been renovated throughout the years without an eye toward the original Spanish Midcentury Modern style), the clubhouse was home to light fixtures that made us smile. Shaped like strawberries dangling from the ceiling, these bright red lights complemented minty green beams.
8. Much like items we find in their shop, Modern Manor, Ryan and Kylie Durkin's home, near 32nd Street and Glenrosa Avenue, holds a few things we'd like to get our mitts on. In particular, we had our eyes on a vintage "Welcome to Phoenix" sign that oozes industrial cool.
7. The 1964 Pueblo Bonita triplexes, designed by Haver, Nunn & Collamer at 36th Street and Glenrosa, feature screen walls with seemingly Polynesian-inspired cement blocks.
6. We're so over seeing glass tile backsplashes -- or so we thought. Turns out ditching the mosaic style and going monochromatic makes for a decidedly fresh look, as seen at Studio Antoine Proulx, located on 44th Street near Osborn.
5. Many homeowners ditch weeping mortar joints in favor of a cleaner façade, but we love that the exterior of this Windemere Haver home, near 44th Street and Indian School Road, has been preserved.
4. Al Beadle's House 6 near Camelback Mountain has been totally gutted (which bums us out), but plans to revamp and expand the house, while keeping the original structure intact, look really promising.
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3. Next door to House 6 is Beadle's Uhlmann House, which is being renovated. The Red Rock subdivision home holds a beautifully crafted indoor rock wall.
2. Another Windemere Haver on the tour featured a second-level addition with a cantilever porch hovering over its pool.
1. One of the two single-family homes designed by Paolo Soleri, the split-level home near Camelback Road and 21st Street, featured plenty of access points to the outdoors -- including this cutout balcony window that framed foliage.