The second ‘Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour,’ set for Saturday May 18, features seven open houses—four fewer than the last tour, in 2010.
But that’s all to the good, says Gretchen Steinberg, one of the organizers, because it will give everyone plenty of time to sample the tour’s other locations, including two wonderful churches that will be open, neon signs, and other “points of interest” that can be viewed from outside.
The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m., and exhibits and a vintage transportation show starts at 9 a.m. at Sacramento Executive Airport. This tour sold out three years ago, and is likely to do so again. Advance tickets, while they’re available, can be purchased through 9 a.m. May 15.
Tour homes range from a 650-square-foot duplex unit, “a little gem,” Steinberg says, complete with a gurgling backyard fountain and outdoor shower, to a “humongous” hexagonal house. One home, a Blomberg concrete house, was “recently and exquisitely remodeled, and done to a T,” she says.
The seven homes are clustered in two nearby neighborhoods, South Land Park Hills and South Land Park Terrace.
“The motivation is to make people aware of what we have [in modern architecture], so they can appreciate it and understand its history,” Steinberg says, “and hopefully object when they see it being torn down.”