Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sneak Peek: A Carter Sparks Custom Home on the Tour

Here is an example of one of the many beautiful homes scheduled for the Sacramento Mid-Century Home Tour on June 26, 2010 (see details regarding the tour in our previous post).

This stunning home in South Land Park Estates was designed by Sacramento architect Carter Sparks around 1957-58 for the Frame family. Current owners D & J have tastefully updated this incredible home -- guaranteed to take your breath away.

Coincidentally, this home is featured in an article of the current issue of CA-Modern, a quarterly magazine by the Eichler Network. For additional details, please refer to Dave Weinstein's article, "Signature Singular Sparks: Using fantasy, surprise and whimsy, Carter Sparks' lively homes are like nothing else."

We'll be featuring other "sneak peeks" in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Special thanks to our first sponsors

The Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour is pleased to announce our first event sponsors:

Many thanks to Lumens Light + Living for their generous Platinum level sponsorship.

Special thanks to Blomberg Window Systems for being one of our Gold level sponsors.

We're proud to have the backing of these local and nationally-recognized businesses. If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship, please contact us: sacmcmhometour at gmail dot com.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Announcing the first Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour


On Saturday, June 26, 2010 the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour will provide enthusiasts of architecture and design an opportunity to discover what it’s like to live, work and play in more than 15 quintessentially Californian residential and commercial structures built between 1945 and 1970. This year's tour features homes within Sacramento’s South Land Park and adjacent neighborhoods, which contain hundreds of Mid-Century Modern residential and commercial buildings.

Participants are invited to go inside eleven residences and drive by multiple points of interest throughout the southernmost portion of Land Park and in various South Land Park neighborhoods. Architects and designers include: Jones + Emmons for Eichler Homes, Carter Sparks, Donald Thaden, George Muraki, designer George W. Haggett, designer Robert N. Hill, Rickey + Brooks, Bucky H. Fong, Herbert Y. Niiya, Albert Dreyfuss, Sooky Lee, Dean Unger, Harry J. Devine, Grant Caywood, and William Koblik. Registration will be at Sacramento Executive Airport, a wonderful MCM building designed by renown Sacramento architect Leonard F. Starks. An estimated 500 visitors will see Sacramento from a different perspective as we open the doors to our past, present, and future.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Sacramento Executive Airport at 6151 Freeport Boulevard. The program begins at 10:00 a.m.; homes will be open to visitors from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will receive tour booklets/driving maps upon check-in, and are encouraged to check-out the interpretive items on display (including a showing of Scopitone films), and the airport itself, a Leonard F. Starks-designed (circa 1955/56) building.

Guests can set their own pace and visit locations on the map in any order they wish through the close of the tour at 4:00 p.m. Neighborhood parking is available and biking is encouraged. Homeowners and docents will be on-site to greet visitors and answer questions.

Tickets are $20 in advance and will be available to purchase online and at various Sacramento locations beginning April 1st, including Parkside Pharmacy, Capital Nursery, Blomberg Windows and HOT ITALIAN. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $25 at the check-in desk at Sacramento Executive Airport. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Short Center South, a day program serving adults with developmental disabilities. They offer classes in a studio setting, taught by artists working in their own disciplines.

The tour is still developing; please check back for additional details, changes and updates.