We're making plans to spend my birthday weekend with a desert getaway over to Scottsdale/Phoenix/Sedona, with an itinerary that mixes architectural and natural destinations (including a brunch at Cafe Zuzu at the venerable Hotel Valley Ho and a stop at Wright's Taliesin West). During our travel research, we happened upon this wrap up of an annual modernist architectural tour in Phoenix...
Now that we know the date of the event, we'll be sure to try to make the effort to schedule an April trip to Phoenix for the 2010 tour. The recent 2009 event sold out, and rightfully so, with spotlights upon the Valley's endangered pool of world-class mid-century modern architecture. 2009's tour was titled The Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Home Tour, with restored mid-century modern homes in the Uptown Phoenix and Arcadia neighborhoods including homes designed by Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Calvin Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman and Donn Wooldridge.
Interested in attending? Be sure to sign up about notifications here like we just did and in the meantime enjoy some photos of last year's event above.
On a related note, Modern Phoenix shares a notable find for fans of photographer Julius Shulman. A trip to the Getty Research Institute unearthed over 70 photographs of Arizona architecture by the reknowned photographer, and Modern Phoenix shares the images of his legacy here at Arizona at Midcentury to give us all a look of what once was.
Phoenix and Scottsdale readers, please share your tips of design, architecture and decor resources here. We've only got a couple of days, but we're planning to pack each minute with as much as we can.