Architecture and Design

Four Must-See Events During Modern Phoenix Week

Mark your Frank Lloyd Wright wall calendars, Phoenix. Tickets are on sale for the annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour, centerpiece of the design spectacle Modern Phoenix Week.

This year's tour will open up Phoenix's Marion Estates to design lovers from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

The Camelback Mountain foothills neighborhood is filled with custom houses dreamed up by the likes of Ralph Haver and Blaine Drake in the '50s and '60s. A dozen of these original and restored homes will participate in the tour, inviting visitors to ogle at their dreamy retro interiors and occasional vintage car in the driveway.

Tickets are $25 or $20 for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art members, available online or by phone at 480-499-TKTS during box office hours (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.). Space is limited; if past years are any indication, tickets will sell out. Quickly.

Design nerds can spend their days leading up to the tour catching panels, exclusive tours, and film screenings.

Here are our picks for the rest of Modern Phoenix Week: 4. Ultimate Tour of the Hotel Valley Ho Sunday, March 25, and Saturday, March 31 10 to 11:30 a.m. Get a different view of Scottsdale's midcentury modern gem, designed in 1956 and rehabilitated by architect Mark Phillip in 2004. Your tour guide is Ace Bailey of Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours. Tickets are $19.56, only available by calling 480-499-8587. Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

3. The City - Perspectives on Frank Lloyd Wright Wednesday, March 28 7 to 9 p.m. A panel of architects, scholars and urban planners will meet at Phoenix Art Museum to discuss the impact and sustainability of the legendary designer's vision. Tickets are $5 at the door or free for members. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

2. "Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner" Thursday, March 29 7:30 to 9 p.m. This documentary follows the complicated life and dramatic creations of brilliant architect John Lautner. Hosted by No Festival Required. Tickets are available for $7 at the door or in advance by calling 480-874-4666. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale

1. Modern Phoenix Expo and Seminars Saturday, March 31 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m The expo's Modern Marketplace offers booths and displays from architecture, interior design, renovation and fashion vendors, while seminar topics include sustainable remodeling and the history of legendary Arizona designer Al Beadle. Keynote speaker Allan Wright Green will share the story behind the building of the Pauson house in Phoenix, designed by Wright through cross-country correspondence. Admission is free. Marketplace exhibitor space is still available -- see for details. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale

See the full schedule for Modern Phoenix week on the official website.

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Jessica Testa