10 Cool Things We Saw at the 2014 Modern Phoenix Home Tour of Arcadia

Becky Bartkowski
One standout stop along the tour was in the Ingleside Inn neighborhood.

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.

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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.

Becky Bartkowski
Arcadia Green was designed by Pierson Miller and Ware.

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.

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It looks like a container home. I have seen these before and they are pretty amazing


The Phoenix/Scottsdale metro has arguably the largest extant collection of mid-century modern architecture in the nation. A lot of commercial and residential buildings of artistic value are gone forever but kudos to the many residents who preserve and defend this unique heritage. 

It's something that should have been on Matt Hendley's list of 10 underrated things about Phoenix.  

Putting on that house tour takes hundreds of volunteers working their butts off.  Sincere thanks to them and especially the home owners who open their doors so we can explore one of the cultural gems of Phoenix. 


Polynesian-inspired cement blocks, weeping mortar joints and a cantilever porch masquerading as a second story deck with no railing? BTW, that kind of half-ass construction doesn't pass home inspections.

Pssssss, Everything you pointed out is complete garbage. Might want to run this article next April 1st.


@pedro.dalion If you don't appreciate it, there are hundreds of square miles of newer subdivisions where you can revel in a Pulte, DR Horton, Fulton, or Meritage home that will look comfortingly like your neighbor's.  To each his or her own. 

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@Jukes @pedro.dalion  I agree with both your posts, as it is a personal taste issue, so no one has to agree. To each it's own.

 I've lived in mostly older homes but thats me and it depends on where a person is in life too, of course. The one with no railings also gave me a double take and surely isn't up to code but that's not my problem and will have to be addressed upon resell (if not before). 

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