Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Here are the homes that will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Check-in for all tour participants will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Executive Airport.

Tickets are $20 in advance and are available online via this site (see PayPal link in the upper left margin) and at the following Sacramento locations: Parkside Pharmacy, Capital Nursery, Blomberg Windows and HOT ITALIAN.

Any tickets remaining after advance sales may be purchased for $25 (CASH ONLY) at the check-in desk. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Short Center South, a day program serving adults with developmental disabilities. The Short Center South gallery will also be open during the tour.

At registration, participants will receive guidebooks with information about the homes and points of interest. They will then set their own pace on self-guided tours over three and a half miles of South Land Park and adjacent neighborhoods. On-street parking is available and biking is encouraged. Guest will be invited inside the 11 residences and enjoy driving past and learning about 22 points of interest. Homeowners and docents will be at the homes to greet visitors and answer questions.

Hope to see you there!


  1. My father’s firm was Koblik, Cordova and Gervin. They specialized in building schools. The schools were distinctive because of wide, covered walkways and interior walls with windows that allowed for cross ventilation and natural lighting. He incorporated “green” concepts into his designs. You can travel the valley and foothill communities and see these schools.

    Before plans were drawn, he would go and interview the teachers or homeowners so that he could provide a structure where “form followed function,” a Bauhaus concept. Many older schools in the Folsom-Cordova School District were his designs, and I was lucky enough to teach in some of them.

    William Koblik was a part of the consortium that built the Sacramento Convention Center. As treasurer, he was proud that it was completed early and under budget.

    -Carole Koblik

  2. Thanks for your great comments, Carole; am looking forward to meeting you in person as we discussed. Hope you can make it to the tour; I'll make sure you get a copy of the guidebook either way. You may recall we're highlighting two of your dad's projects in our neighborhood: the Novack residence and South Hills Shopping Center.
    - Gretchen

  3. Gretchen, Kris, Michael, and Alan,

    Congratulations on a great job of putting together the first Sacramento Mid-Century Home Tour. As the family that has built most of the mid-century homes in the Sacramento area, we are gratified to see you promoting the great arhitecture of Carter Sparks and other area architects. My wife and I will be out of town on a charity bike ride down the coast and won't be able to attend. We wish you a good turnout and a great day Saturday. I have posted a link to your site on my Streng Bros. Homes website hoping to bring more visitors to your tour.
    Thank you for all of your hard work and opening your homes to the public. Have fun on Saturday.

    Steve Streng

  4. Thank you for linking to our event, Steve. We hope to feature Streng-built homes on our upcoming tours. We appreciate the link and are sorry you cannot attend, but look forward to talking with you further. Have a wonderful weekend!