Events

Balogh Open House

The family home of Tivadar and Dorothy Balogh, built in 1958-59, is listed for sale. Their two daughters, Melissa and Margaret, are holding a special open house for Modernists on Saturday, October 12, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the Realtor, John Goetz of Real Estate One is holding an open house on Sunday the 13th of October from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Modernists are especially invited to the Saturday open house...

Thornoaks Walking Tour Repeated

If you missed our original Thornoaks walking tour in June 2018, here’s another chance. Association for Preservation Technology--Eastern Great Lakes and a2modern will be giving walking tours of this neighborhood on Saturday, October 19th. Docent led tours will begin at 1 PM and 2:30 PM at 4099 E. Huron River Service Drive. The tour has been organized by the Association for Preservation Technology - Eastern Great Lakes chapter. They have decided to...

Open House at Hammett Designed Home

a2modern is hosting an open house on Sunday, July 21st at the home of Margaret Leary and Russ Serbay. Their home is at 1056 Newport Road just north of Miller Avenue. When Ralph Hammett designed the Newport house in 1942, there were very few Mid-Century Modern houses in town to model on and World War II was in progress so it was hard to get materials, as most were needed for...

Crane House Tours

On June 29th, a2modern will be hosting tours of the Crane House. Built for Florence and Richard Crane in 1954, it was the first commission for Ann Arbor architect Robert Metcalf, who went on to design over 60 midcentury modern homes in the area. Considered a novelty at the time, the Crane House immediately attracted the attention of neighbors, journalists, and Dr. Crane’s colleagues at the physics department, who soon supplied...

Yamasaki Lecture

On October 10, 2018 at 7 PM there will be an event at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library. The event is free and no sign up is required to attend. Dale Gyure, author of Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World will present a power-point illustrated lecture on Yamasaki.  Best known as the architect for the infamous Twin Towers, Yamasaki was based in Detroit for much of his career....

Winningham / Saffer Open House

On September 9, a2modern will host a tour of the David and Ann Saffer’s George Brigham-designed house. This expansive single-level home nestled in the northeastern corner of a six acre property provides a maximum of privacy with spectacular views of gardens and forest. The present owners, David and Ann Saffer, enjoy “the long views” both inside the house and out across the lush and level grounds. Mid-century Modern architect George Brigham designed...

Concordia University Campus Tour

On Sunday, July 8th, a2modern and Concordia University of Ann Arbor (CCAA) will offer a tour of the CCAA campus flanking Geddes Road on the banks of the Huron River near US-23.  The tour will feature  several midcentury modern (MCM) structures including a classroom / administrative building, the library, and the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, a midcentury gem reminiscent of Eero Saarinen’s 1964 North Christian Church in Columbus, IN. ...

Thornoaks Walking Tour

Sorry! This event is sold out. On June 10th a2modern will be hosting a walking tour of the Thornoaks neighborhood. The tour will include several interior visits.  Thornoaks is an unusually intact group of 32 mid-century modern homes, recently designated as an historic district.  Docent led tours will start at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The entire tour is 0.6 miles long. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.   A small enclave...

Botch / Aaron Open House

On the afternoon of January 13th the Aarons, who soon intend to sell the Metcalf home known as the Botch House, will be holding an open house for our a2modern friends. Tickets may be purchased here. Architect Robert Metcalf’s 1958 presentation drawing lifted the Botch House on Chestnut Street just above the crest of the ridge. A rising walkway led to three steps up to the startling entrance portico, while a...