The 2023 Tour of Mid-Century modern homes took me to 9 neighborhoods in Midtown, North and East Phoenix, and in Paradise Valley. The homes on the tour, with one exception, are not for sale. This annual tour is very popular, it sells only 1,000 tickets and they are gone within hours after they are released.
The homes we viewed were selected by architectural historian Alison King. This print of Taliesin West by Alison King adorns my office, and you can easily guess that I am a fan of what she does.
Experience Fellowship at Taliesin West, by Alison King – the print to the right
I attend the tours almost each year because they are so enjoyable and inspiring. I also share the knowledge of neighborhoods and the beauty of the homes with clients and friends here on my blog, on my web-site and on my Facebook page.
On this year’s tour, which included homes in historic neighborhoods, tucked-away townhomes and a new build in the mid-century tradition and spirit, I observed and admired the architectural ideas of Ralph Haver IAI, Thomas Pansing, Blaine Drake ( a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright), Ronald Craik, Lescher and Mahoney and interior designer Miles McDermott. The self-guided tour ended at the elegant Eye Opener furniture store, with some mid-century finds shipped all the way from the Netherlands.
Highlights from the tour for me were the use of clerestory windows - excellent for letting daylight in, while protecting from the desert sun, too. Notice on the photo below - the eves are made of light-colored wood, bringing in more reflective light.
Clerestory Windows – letting indirect light inside
Imagine lying on your couch and watching the everchanging moods and colors of our Arizona skies. This home was conceived as a quiet courtyard, surrounded by lush vegetation and two structures on both sides of the courtyard.
Pool in front of bedroom, vegetation for shade Outdoor shower
Outdoor fireplace and dining area Open space between the main house and secondary
In this home in Willo Historic District, the clever bump-outs in the living room with slot windows let in more indirect light.
Interior and exterior view of bump-out with slot windows
The Haver home that will be coming to the market soon.
Original home designed by R. Haver.
Completely remodeled interior.
Links to homes available for sale in neighborhoods with mid-century modern gems (contact me for access):