Sunday, March 3, 2019

60 Years of Streng Bros. Homes – 2019 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

SacMod is delighted to announce our all-new tour!

“60 Years of Streng Bros. Homes - 2019 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour" will be on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 10AM to 4PM.

Details on our website:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

June 18th, 2016: Next Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour!

The next Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, a fundraiser organized by Sacramento Modern (SacMod), will be on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from 9AM to 3PM.

Tickets, while they last, are $20 for SacMod members and $35 for non-members. More tour details and ticket purchases are available from Brown Paper Tickets online. To order tickets by phone, please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Phone orders are available 24/7.

Will-call ticket registration for the 2016 tour begins at 8:30AM at Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School in South Land Park (designed by Herbert Goodpastor in 1958). Modern and vintage products from local designers and vendors will be displayed. Guests will receive a collectible guidebook that features addresses and a map, in-depth historic information, related points of interest, and local vintage resources. They will also receive complimentary bottled water (courtesy of Raley’s); the summer issue of Atomic Ranch magazine (courtesy of Atomic Ranch magazine); and retro candy, toys, and other small treats along the tour route while supplies last.

SacMod’s 2016 tour features homes in the South Land Park, Land Park, Hollywood Park, and Greenhaven neighborhoods. SacMod’s 2010 and 2013 tours sold out and were attended by over a thousand guests. This year’s tour will feature a wide variety of mid-20th century living — highlighting the time period's distinctive architecture, design, and lifestyle. Guests will spend a fun day touring some of Sacramento's best mid-century homes, gardens, and vintage vehicles in authentic Sacramento mid-century neighborhoods. Styles range from minimalist to kitsch, moderns to ranch homes, and everything in between. 

It takes very special and generous people who are willing to share their private homes! Homeowners this year have a great eye for design and are especially devoted to modernism. They include folks from fogmodern, Hepcat Restorations, Vintage Sacramento, and SacMod (Sacramento Modern). These homes also demonstrate that thoughtfully maintaining a mid-20th century home can be sustainable and economical. This year’s tour includes a drought-tolerant modern garden and a wonderful kitchen project that incorporates salvaged vintage cabinets.

The seven tour homes include: - a rare custom modern home by Sparks and Thaden (1959/1967) in Land Park;
- two Eichler Homes (1955) designed by Jones and Emmons in South Land Park;
- a custom modern home (1967) in Greenhaven;
- a Sierra Builders ranch home (1950) in Hollywood Park;
- a unique custom South Land Park ranch home built by Floyd Cantrell (1959); and,
- a distinctive ranch/modern home designed by Leo McGlade and Associates (1962) in South Land Park.

Look for in-depth articles with sneak peeks into tour homes in several magazines, including:
- Sacramento Magazine (May 2016), "Eichler Fever";
- Comstock’s May 2016 online edition, "Mad for Mod";
- Land Park News, May 12, 2016, "Save the Date: Mid-Century Modern home tour set for June 18th";
- Inside Publications (June 2016)

SacMod is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010 and is run exclusively by volunteers. We are dedicated to preserving modern art, architecture, and design in the Sacramento region. We do this by conducting home tours, bike tours, walking tours, film screenings, preservation campaigns, conducting research and writing publications, and educating the public about modernism.

Our tour is made possible with the help of our generous sponsors!

Huge thanks to our:
Diamond Sponsor: Lumens
Platinum Sponsors: serrao design/architecture,  Atomic Ranch Magazine
Gold Sponsors: Bukwild,  Paloma Begin,  Scout Living,  Streng Realty,  Station to Station
Silver Sponsors: AIA Central Valley,  GoogieTime,  Hot Italian, Pottery World

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Charles Phoenix: Sacramentoland

A Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating the Capitol City like it’s a Big Theme Park!  

Charles Phoenix: Sacramentoland – October 16, 2015
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Prepare for your local pride to SWELLL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a madcap adventure as he uncovers the stories and glories of Sacramento’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore.
With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen expertise,  Charles lavishes the city’s most colorful “attractions” with the respect they SO deserve; revealing the unique style, backstories, and pop-cultural significance of Pancake Circus, Jim Denny’s, Iceland Skating Rink, Gunther’s Ice Cream, Vic’s Ice Cream, Sam’s Hofbrau, County Club Lanes, Fairytale Town, Tower Theatre, Crest Theatre, and Old Town.  
Experience a whole new appreciation for these and many other undiscovered and underrated local treasures including one-of a kind vintage neon signs, spectacular Art Deco, Googie, mid-century modern architecture, and old-school mom and pop businesses as you’re surrounded by dozens of spectacular world-class collector cars in the California Auto Museum.  
Admittance to the exhibits in the California Auto Museum included with ticket purchase!!
AFTERSHOW ICE CREAM SOCIAL PARTY!!  Meet Charles following the performance while enjoying an ice cream cone or cup from Vic’s Ice Cream courtesy of Sacramento Modern!
Festive dress is encouraged but not expected!!! …
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Ice Cream Social Party ’til 10:30 pm
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter and author. His spirited retro slide show performances, “field trip” tours, “test kitchen” creations and colorful coffee table books celebrate classic and kitschy America’s life and style.
Charles was educated at SoCal’s theme parks, thrift shops, shopping malls and his dad’s used car lots while growing up in Ontario, California.
EVENT SPONSOR:  Sacramento Modern
EVENT HOST:  California Auto Museum
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Concrete Thinking" Bike Tour with SacMod and SABA 5.4.14!

Have you hugged a concrete building today? SacMod (Sacramento Modern) and Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) have! Are you ready to learn more? Join SABA and guest host, SacMod, on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 for a free educational bike tour of downtown Sacramento's modern architecture and art. Details and specifics below; please REGISTER HERE.

May is Bike Month! Celebrate it by joining our tour, which includes exteriors of buildings and outdoors artworks that SacMod is working to preserve. Incidentally, May is also Preservation Month #presmonth! Learn about often overlooked and under-appreciated buildings and art from a fresh perspective — and before they are gone! Different architectural styles such as Expressionism, International Style, and Brutalism will be explored.

We are also very proud that our ride is part of Jane Jacobs Walk 2014. The purpose of our ride is to promote understanding and appreciation of downtown Sacramento's concrete civic buildings, projects, and public art from the 1950s-1980s. Concrete is not necessarily a "cold" material; it is a versatile one! It can be shaped into organic, curvilinear forms and makes a great backdrop for landscaping, art, and vibrant human activity. Several of these buildings also included energy savings and experimental ideas/techniques that contributed to the green building movement.

Where and When: Ride meetup at 9AM at Fremont Park (1515 Q Street)(meet at the SW corner of the park across from Naked Lounge). Pick up some coffee across the street then do a little paperwork in the park for participation and hear the introductory talk. Rollout at 9:30AM.

Ride ends at approximately 11:30AM-Noon at the new appointment-only tasting room for Ruhstaller Beer: 630 K Street. Stay to get an opportunity to taste a few of their concoctions (the purchase of beer tastings are extra). Snack food will be provided.

How Much: Registering for the ride is free (with the option to make a donation to the organizers [you can also donate during the event]). Please get your ticket here so we know how many people to expect.

Distance and Speed: The bike tour length from Fremont Park to Ruhstaller is approximately 4 miles on downtown city streets with relatively low traffic volumes. It's about 1 mile back to Fremont Park from Ruhstaller. Be sure you and your bike are prepared. The pace will be sociable (10-12 mph) and we’ll have a ride leader and a sweeper to make sure we stay together and no one feels left behind. To learn more about the ride, contact SABA at 916-444-6600 or

All photos in this post by SacMod Board member and Carter Sparks Archive creator/digital curator Justin Wood; Flyer by SacMod Board member Dane Henas of Dane Henas Design.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Documentary: "The Human Scale" - at AIA Central Valley on April 22, 2014

NEXT WEEK! Please join AIA Central Valley, Romp Creative, Sacramento Old City Association and SacMod (Sacramento Modern) for a free screening of "The Human Scale" at 5:45 on April 22, 2014 at AIA Central Valley - 1400 S Street in Sacramento.

This documentary addresses key lessons about city planning with implications for our future. Those of you with an interest in our city's many current and proposed building projects should attend.

The solution to these complex problem involves understanding human needs — and increasing opportunities for vitality and spontaneity. Learn what elements are vital for making cities better places to live. Among concepts covered: better pedestrian access and more opportunities for social gathering and interaction.

All in attendance are invited to give their input at an informal discussion afterwards about the ways in which some of the planning principles identified in the film relate to Sacramento.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Double Feature at the Sacramento 6 Drive-In - March 29, 2014!

Calling all cars! Join Sacramento Modern, along with film director and producer April Wright, for a double feature drive-in movie night! April’s documentary on the history and fate of drive-ins, “Going Attractions”, will be paired with “American Graffiti” for a fun evening that you won’t want to miss!

March 29, 2014 at the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In, with ticket sales starting at 6PM. $7.25 general, $1 children ages 5-11, free for children ages 5 and younger.

Vintage cars and vintage dress encouraged! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

There's so much to see and do at the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour!

Only five days left to buy your tickets online - sales end 5.15.13 at 9AM! Tour day is Saturday, May 18, 2013. Carefully read the comprehensive details below.

The 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour is more than just homes — there will be open buildings, exhibits, displays, a vintage transportation show, highlighted points-of-interest, informational booths, a film screening, giveaways, the work of artists and designers, a book signing, treats, swag, and an Instagram contest. You may also see the tour via an optional bike ride — the Design Ride, led by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates and meeting up at Hot Italian on tour day at 10:30AM.

Here are some of the other fun things you can expect to find on our tour on May 18, 2013:

The tour begins at Sacramento Executive Airport, a wonderful mid-century modern building. Right away you will be greeted by the delightful Atomic Angels in the parking lot — where you can check out our vintage transportation show. We'll have vintage vehicles on display from the California Automobile Museum and individual collectors. The vintage transportation show will continue throughout the tour — be sure to check out the vehicles specially selected for display in front of each home!

After registering for the tour and receiving your guidebooks inside the Airport, check out the displays and exhibits. Our Diamond Sponsor, Lumens, will have a wonderful display featuring modern design products. Other exhibitors and informational booths include:
Center for Sacramento History
Tower Records Project
American Institute of Architects Central Valley
- Vintage Sacramento
Sacramento Old City Association
Sacramento Heritage, Inc.
Sacramento Art Deco Society
- Friends of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
The California Museum - with a $2 special discount to attend Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design good through 5.26.13 with proof of your tour ticket purchase through Brown Paper Tickets.

Also at the airport will be a display wall by your hosts, SacMod, featuring vintage images and ephemera regarding the AirportSacramento ZooFairytale Town, and the South Land Park neighborhood.

Don't miss the free screening of a film about Eichler Homes — "People in Glass Houses" by Monique Lombardelli of Modern Homes Realty in collaboration with Kyle Chesser.

We will be giving away copies of Atomic Ranch magazine while they last, and you can win one of ten annual Atomic Ranch subscriptions in our Instagram photo contest! Instagram it and win it! SacMod and Atomic Ranch Magazine are giving away ten Atomic Ranch annual subscriptions to ten lucky winners with the best Instagram images from the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour. Just:
1) snap some pix from any of the homes or buildings on the tour;
2) upload your public photo on Instagram and use our hash tag (#SacMCMHomeTour);
3) See if your creative eye catches ours...... It's that easy!

We'll also have goodies, treats, swag and surprises along the tour. Some of these are a secret - you'll just have to join in on the fun to see! We can spill the beans that our friends at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters will be providing complimentary samples of their delicious espresso at one of the homes. Heather David will be signing copies of her book, Mid-Century by the Bay. There will also be a special retrospective of the Nut Tree in Vacaville as it was in the mid-20th century, with vintage ephemera and images on display at one of the homes.

To top things off we'll be highlighting local artists and designers, including:
Sculptures by Laura Wood and art by Justin Wood.

Modern design products by CPopp Workshop

Modern design products by Matthew Lechowick

Music by Clemon Charles

Modern quilting by Two Accordions

Modern Birdhouses by Nathan Wieler

Art by Diana Jahns

Prints by Asbestos Press

Finally, be on the lookout for Rik Keller, SacMod's official roving photographer, who will be on hand throughout the day and ready to take some snaps of you in your best vintage wear while enjoying the tour! After the tour you'll be able to purchase photos of the day from Rik's site. Rik took wonderful photos of SacMod's last event — A Celebration of the Roush Residence.

See you there!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sneak Peek #2: Blomberg Home on the 2013 Sacramento MCM Home Tour

Here's our second sneak peek of a home that is going to be on the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 18, 2013. This 1950 Blomberg Home will be open during the tour.

Photo by Donald Satterlee

B & D saw this diamond in the rough just last Summer and have made it shine with refinished concrete floors, an entirely revamped kitchen, new windows, and an additional bathroom.

This was a thoughtful and respectful remodel that included careful consideration of energy efficiency and conservation. Clever and creative materials and methods were used to help keep costs down.

Finishing touches include modern classics and local artwork. This is a great renovation that you won't want to miss. So get your tickets now before it's too late! You decide the rate ($20 SacMod members or $30 general admission for advanced sales). You can join and get the discounted member rate at any time. Purchase memberships via the "Add to Cart" link in the upper left hand corner of our blogTickets available via Brown Paper Tickets online.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

More Than Homes!

1979 photo of the Tower Records & Drugs original neon sign in Sacramento by Ken Brown.
Hey kids!

Did you know that the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour also highlights significant mid-century spots around Land Park and South Land Park?

Our tour is about much more than just homes. We will be identifying 26 "points-of-interest" around the neighborhood; four of these will be open to the public. It's another way to spread the love and share the message about the importance of preserving the great vintage goodness we have here.

Come learn all about the history of the beloved original Tower Records neon sign -- and what it shares in common with another popular sign in town.

Get your tickets -- they are selling fast!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sneak Peek #1: Jones + Emmons Eichler Home on the 2013 Sacramento MCM Home Tour

Here's our first sneak peek of a home that is going to be on the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 18, 2013. This 1955 Jones + Emmons - designed Eichler Home will be open during the tour.

Photo by Donald Satterlee

K & G's wonderful Eichler Home was originally built for Arnold and Lenore Spitz. If that name sounds familiar, you are correct: this was the childhood home of Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz.

You're going to love this distinctive home designed with a cool palette and mix of vintage and contemporary modern. K & G's renovation is a story of persistence and hard work! Their home will be featured in the May edition of Inside Publications so be sure and check it out.

Don't miss our 2013 tour -- get your tickets while you can! You decide the rate ($20 SacMod members or $30 general admission for advanced sales). You can join and get the discounted member rate at any time. Purchase memberships via the "Add to Cart" link in the upper left hand corner of our blogTickets available via Brown Paper Tickets online.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What's on the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour?

The 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, May 18, 2013 will feature seven homes plus 26 points of interest -- including the interiors of some special, not-often seen, mid-century modern buildings.

Homes include:
- a 1963 custom home based on hexagons (seen here in the photo) designed by William Koblik;
- a 1955 Eichler Home designed by Jones and Emmons that was the childhood residence of Olympic champion Mark Spitz;
- a 1970 Carter Sparks-designed / Streng-built home;
- a 1954 cinderblock duplex that epitomizes indoor-outdoor living;
- SacMod HQ - a 1961 Rickey and Brooks custom home;
- a 1950 Blomberg home with Basalite cinderblocks - recently and beautifully renovated with a keen eye on a tight budget;
- a 1955 Eichler Home designed by Jones and Emmons with a 1962 addition and innovative light fixture designed by architect Grant Caywood.

The tour also includes our highly requested Vintage Transportation Show at the starting point of the tour (Sacramento Executive Airport) as well as special vehicles in front of each home. Attendees will enjoy goodies, swag and surprises. Local designers, artists, businesses and other folks will be participating at various stops. The tour continues to develop with added value and content daily. Guaranteed to be fabulous and not to be missed!

Look for cameos regarding the featured homes in upcoming FB posts, our blog, and local magazines and newspapers.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets thus far! They are going fast!

Get your tickets while you can! You decide the rate ($20 SacMod members or $30 general admission for advanced sales). You can join and get the discounted member rate at any time. Purchase memberships via the "Add to Cart" link in the upper left hand corner of our blogTickets available via Brown Paper Tickets online.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to buy tickets to the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Eichler Home featured on our last tour - photo by John Di Domenico Photography

The buzz about SacMod’s upcoming Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 18 is growing and tickets are going on sale March 1st!

This year’s tour is going to be exceptional, featuring entry in new homes and commercial buildings in Land Park and South Land Park not seen in our highly successful 2010 tour. We are bringing back our popular vintage transportation show, and have many additional features in the works such as historic informational displays and exhibits, goodies for attendees, and much more.

Additional information and updates about the tour can be found here on our blog and our Facebook page. We encourage you to keep checking in!

Our 2010 tour was a great success, with over 1200 attendees. The event was sold out, and we unfortunately had to turn many people away at the door.

We anticipate tickets will be selling out quickly for the 2013 tour as well, but have no fear - SacMod members will be granted early access to ticketing as well as a discounted rate on tour tickets!

*** Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know ***

Member Ticket Sales 

SacMod member ticket sales begin on March 1, 2013 at 9:00am via Brown Paper Tickets (BPT). Use the BPT link here on this blog in the upper left hand margin to begin the ticketing process.

Members will be e-mailed a link to Brown Paper Tickets (our ticketing agent for the event), and will also receive a secret members-only password which they can input on the ticketing website to receive the discounted rate of $20.

To ensure access to the 2013 tour, be sure to join SacMod (or renew any lapsed memberships) as soon as possible. 

It's easy to join! Anyone can become a member at any time! Click the link in the upper left corner of this blog to purchase a 2013 SacMod Annual Associate Membership via Paypal. If you sign up for a membership after ticket sales open on March 1, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the Brown Paper Tickets link and members-only password within 12 hours. 

We kindly ask that members purchase tickets only for themselves and those who are accompanying them during the tour. No re-sales are allowed. Additionally, we will be cross-checking ticket sales with our membership database to ensure the member password has been properly utilized. Any unauthorized tickets purchased with the members-only password will be cancelled. 

General Ticket Sales

Ticket sales will be open to the general public on March 15, 2013 at 9:00am via Brown Paper Tickets (BPT). Use the BPT link here on this blog in the upper left hand margin to begin the ticketing process.

If you miss the members-only pre-sale, it is still in your interest to sign up/renew as a 2013 SacMod member to receive the discounted ticket rate. Tickets will be $30 for the general public, and will remain $20 for SacMod members. 

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All ticket sales are final.

All advanced ticket sales end on May 15, 2013 at 9:00am.

Event Day Ticket Sales

SacMod cannot ensure that there will be any tickets remaining for sale on the day of the event. We encourage any latecomers to check in on our Facebook page and here on this blog for updates after advanced ticket sales have closed.

Any tickets sold at the door on the day of the tour will be sold via credit card only, at the increased rate of $30 for SacMod members and $40 for the general public.  

Event Day Details

Event day registration and check in will take place at the Sacramento Executive Airport.

- Check-in will be open from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

- Tour locations will open from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

- The vintage transportation show on the grounds of the Sacramento Executive Airport will be open from 9am to 12:30pm.

- Exhibits at the Sacramento Executive Airport will be open from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  

Please note that the vintage transportation show and exhibits at the Sacramento Executive Airport are free and open to the public.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

And we're back - 2013 is going to be a great year!

Greetings from your friends at SacMod and a very Happy New Year! We are excited to tell you about our upcoming events and relevant activities scheduled in 2013:

"A Toast to Sacramento Design" -- Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the California Museum from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

A benefit event celebrating Sacramento design legends Ray Eames and late SacMod member Miles Treaster“A Toast To Sacramento Design” includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a preview of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” with Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios of Eames Office, silent auction including the new AMMO book “EAMES: Beautiful Details”, and a look back at Northern California’s innovations in design. Proceeds benefit the upcoming exhibit at the Museum.

More here.

"Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design at the California Museum" -- Opening day is February 23, 2013!

SacMod is proud to be a supporter of this exhibit that features Sacramento-native modernist Ray Eames! We helped raise funds via our exclusive tour of the Roush Residence last June and also contributed background research and artifacts to the exhibit.

The exhibit will show a unique collection of artifacts featuring rarely seen works from the Eames Office archives and reveals a new perspective on Ray's 60-year career in the arts, along with her influence on American culture and significance in history as one of the 20th century's most influential artists.

More here.

The 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour - May 18, 2013!

SacMod’s highly praised and most requested event is back!

Join us on May 18, 2013 for an exciting peek into some of Sacramento’s best mid-century modern architecture. Our second tour includes entry into homes and commercial buildings not seen in our 2010 tour, vintage transportation displays, exhibits, goodies, and more. Space is limited -- buy your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out!

Ticket sales begin March 1, 2013 and end May 15, 2013.
Advance sale prices: $20 SacMod members; $30 non-members.
Day of event: $30 SacMod members; $40 non-members (Subject to availability; credit card only.)

Planning is still in progress and there are more details to come - stay tuned via our blog and follow us on our Facebook page.

Time to renew your 2013 Annual SacMod Associate Memberships!

Tax-deductible member benefits include a discount to paid SacMod events and having first crack at reserving a seat/purchasing tickets. 2012 was a busy year for SacMod! Thanks to everyone who came to our events, collaborated with us, and supported us throughout the year. A re-cap:

- Three mid-century modern homes from the 2010 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour were featured in separate issues of Atomic Ranch magazine;

- We brought you an exclusive tour of the Roush Residence with 2/3 of all proceeds going to The California Museum's upcoming exhibit, "Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design." Photos here

- We teamed with AIACV and others again for a free screening of the documentary "Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day." Photos here.

- We collaborated with the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento for a fun party at a mid-century modern home that was featured in our 2010 tour. The party included an art fundraiser for CCAS. Photos here;

- We teamed up with Design Rides for a free bike tour featuring relevant MCM buildings and public art plus two open MCM homes from our 2010 tour (video here);

- We conducted behind the scenes research for various projects and worked on several preservation matters.

SacMod has been accomplishing its goals through events, research, and development of educational materials and information resources. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit run exclusively by volunteers. With your help, SacMod can continue to promote awareness and preservation of Sacramento's mid-20th century modern heritage through future events, research, and education. Please go to our blog and use the "Add to cart" button in the upper left margin.

At the moment, the BEST WAY to remain in the loop about SacMod's activities is to keep checking our blog and our Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Film Night 10.25.12: Coast Modern

Join us for a special screening of Coast Modern on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm! Presented in collaboration with SacMod, American Institute of Architecture Central Valley and the Crocker Art Museum as part of the AIA Central Valley Sacramento Architecture Festival.

Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Traveling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth.

We are delighted to have two special guest speakers at our screening who were featured in the film: renowned architects Henrik Bull, FAIA and Pierluigi Serraino, AIA. Please stay for the engaging panel discussion after the screening. Those seeking AIA Continuing Education Credits should look for the sign up sheet at the event.

SacMod has researched and will be displaying panels highlighting selected mid-20th century work by  Henrik Bull in our region. Pierluigi Serraino wrote about Mr. Bull's work in "NorCalMod: Icons of Northern California Modernism." Serraino also recently wrote about another architect featured in Coast Modern: "Donald Olsen: Architect of Habitable Abstractions."

Space is limited; we recommend you purchase tickets in advance online. You may also purchase them at the Crocker Art Museum's Admission Desk or call 916.808.1182.

Ticket prices are:
$8 Crocker, AIA, and SacMod Members;  $14 Nonmembers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 14, 2012: Design Ride with SacMod!

Fabulous artwork above by Laura Edmisten of Asbestos Press!
Beautiful limited edition screen prints of this poster now available at HOT ITALIAN for $30 each.
All proceeds benefit SacMod (Sacramento Modern).

Join SacMod (Sacramento Modern) on October 14, 2012 for the third and final 2012 Design Ride!

The 2012 Design Rides have been presented by HOT ITALIAN, Lumens Light + Living, Midtown Business Association, SacMod, Arts & Business Council of Sacramento, and Capital Creative Collective. All three Design Rides are FREE and have been led by Rick Houston, leader of the Sacramento Tweed Rides. The Design Rides were the brainchild of and organized by Andrea Lepore of Hot Italian.

The October 14th/SacMod Design Ride starts at Noon at Hot Italian. Tour guides for the ride are well-versed SacMod Board Directors who will talk about points of interest along the way. Riders will enjoy learning about the MCM roots of Hot Italian's building, viewing where Ray Eames once lived as a child, hearing the history of various MCM stops along the way to South Land Park, and touring the MCM homes of two SacMod co-founders. These homes were featured on the 2010 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour and recently in two 2012 issues of Atomic Ranch magazine. * Sorry, but no admittance to SacMod personal residences except via escort by the bike tour starting at Hot Italian. *

Riders are encouraged to wear their favorite mid-20th century fashion and be prepared to have a great time. It'll be a nice little warm-up for the 2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 18, 2013! Check out August's Design Ride:

The October 14th/SacMod Design Ride is also a guest event for the AIA Central Valley Region Architecture Festival (pdf of events, including the Design Ride, here.) The Design Ride is one of two events SacMod has in the Architecture Festival. The other highly anticipated event is the screening of Coast Modern with AIA Central Valley and the Crocker Art Museum on October 25, 2012 with special guest speakers: Henrik Bull, FAIA and Pierluigi Serraino, AIA. Remember, SacMod members get a special discount for the film so be sure to ask for it!

Your pals at SacMod look forward to seeing you at both events! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

CCAS + SacMod = Art-a-Go-Go

Greetings from SacMod!

Our friends at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento (CCAS) are hosting Art-a-Go-Go: Art, Eats and Fun by the Pool on July 21, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:30pm. "Come dressed in your coolest 60's attire and enjoy cocktails, food, and music -- Mid-Century Modern style! You'll have an opportunity to buy art from among 20 invited regional artists, including Gregory Kondos." Tickets available via WePay.

This phenomenal MCM Land Park home was featured in SacMod's 2010 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour. For those of you who missed seeing our 2010 tour, you're in for a real treat. The home was completed in 1963 for Robert and Jeanette Powell and includes its original pool, dramatic floating staircase, broken slate floors and concrete masonry. An open floor plan plus floor-to-ceiling windows provide a perfect setting to showcase modern furniture and art!

SacMod was invited by CCAS to be an honorary host at the event; we will have a silent auction of a "Blast from the Past" bag that includes:
- SacMod Annual Associate Membership good until 12/31/13
- Atomic Ranch Summer 2012 issue
- Etch-a-Sketch keychain
- X-ray Specs
- Silly Putty
- Vintage Finger Monsters
- Wind-up Robot
- Vintage Scary Scooters
- retro candy

Look for SacMod's many events coming up soon:
- The highly anticipated next big tour -- the  2013 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour -- will be in Spring of 2013.
- On October 25, 2012 we will be joining AIA Central Valley and the Crocker Art Museum for a first run screening of the new documentary Coast Modern.
- On October 14, 2012, we will be participating in the last of a series of Design Rides -- a free bicycle-led tour to various MCM-related destinations.
- We are also part of a larger group of individuals who are helping The California Museum on an exhibit featuring famous modernist Ray Eames, who was born and raised in Sacramento.

Hope you're having a great summer and hope to see you at Art-a-Go-Go!

Gretchen, Dane and Karen from SacMod