Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

By Gretchen Steinberg

On Saturday, June 26, 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.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

The tour began when two mid-century loving gals, Kris Lannin Liang (who started an open public group called “Mid-Century Sacramento” on Facebook last September) and I (author of eichlerific.blogspot.com) met last November and decided there hadn’t been enough attention given to mid-century architecture in Sacramento. Together, along with graphic designer Dane Henas, they started working on the tour and formed Sacramento Modern, a non-profit association dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture, and design in the Sacramento region.

What You’ll See

During the tour, 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. Hackett, 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.

Sign Me Up!

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 1956 Leonard F. Starks-designed 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 are available to purchase online and at various Sacramento locations, including Hot Italian, Parkside Pharmacy, Capital Nursery, Blomberg Windows. 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. The Center offers classes in a studio setting, taught by artists working in their own disciplines.

Guest blogger Gretchen Steinberg is the author of http://eichlerific.blogspot.com, which she began when she purchased a 1955 Eichler Home in South Land Park Hills in late 2008 and wanted to tell the current state and past history of mid-century modern in the Sacramento, California region. She is a mom of two and in her “spare time”, a self-proclaimed mid-century modern curator and urban archeologist. She has her sights set on eventually designing light fixtures that emphasize new lighting technologies.

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  1. joy feller says

    I am interested in finding information on the early career of Harry J. Devine. Especially looking for info on houses and buildings he may have designed in the Grass Valley, California area. Does anyone have any information to share or a contact?

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