Enjoy Modernism in Your Backyard by attending one of 50 architecture tours on October 8. Tour Day is Docomomo US’ annual national event that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Now in its tenth year, this is one of the largest national programs devoted to the appreciation of modern architecture in the U.S.
Highlights of this year’s Tour Day include:
New Haven, CT
This tour, led by Charlotte Hitchcock and Christopher Wigren of the New Haven Preservation Trust, will sample modernist works in the Saint Ronan-Edgehill neighborhood, including private homes and neighborhood institutions.
Explore five architectural sites in Phoenix that deconstruct the concept of yards — from garden apartments to courtyards and some unexpected interpretations of what a yard can be. A charter bus will do the driving, and refreshments will be provided.
Silver Spring, MD
This bus tour explores the work of Deigert and Yerkes, a leading modernist architecture firm working in the area from 1947 to 1967. Known for using a variety in materials and textures, as well as a mix of closed and open spaces, the firm is best known for the National Arboretum Administration Building in Washington, DC.
Discover the Schweikher-Langsdorf Home and Studio designed by Robert Paul Schweikher. This home showcases the architect’s masterful integration of brick, glass and wood. Highlights include an iconic brick fireplace, cantilevered construction, built-in furniture, and gardens designed by the noted Midwestern landscape architect Franz Lipp.
Tickets are also available for Sarasota Mod Weekend, November 11-13. This event will showcase the modern works in Sarasota, Florida designed by Victor Lundy. The weekend includes tours and lectures highlighting the rich architectural heritage found in Sarasota, Florida.