Fayetteville Modern Home Tour is April 14

My husband and I love looking at houses. Even though we now live in a home that we consider to be our “forever” house, we still like to pop into Sunday open houses around town every now and then.

So there’s no doubt we’ll be at the (first ever) Fayetteville Modern Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. It’s a self-guided tour of eight to 12 architecturally progressive and contemporary homes. The innovative homes exemplify modern living, their natural surroundings, and the history of architecture in the area. We have a somewhat modern home (particularly inside) with a little bit of acreage, including a pond, so I’m hoping to find inspiration.

Years ago, we took a tour of native Arkansan Fay Jones homes in the area. There is a strong modernism influence in Fayetteville because of him. Jones was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright and winner of the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Institute of Architects. Jones was honored by his home state with the naming of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in 2009.

One of my girlfriends and I have talked before about how Fayetteville would be a great place for a tour of modern homes because it also contains a renowned follower of Jones – Marlon Blackwell, who is a designer of several homes on the tour.

The event press release says, “Participants will be able to enjoy stunning contemporary & mid-century modern residential properties throughout Fayetteville.” Well, I’m sold!

Homes on the tour include The Buckley House, the L-Stack House and Keenan TowerHouse. I’m particularly excited to see the TowerHouse. It’s very near where I live and I’ve heard people all over town speculate about the place.

The Buckley House, a classic 1968 Fay Jones-designed home, is a native stone and glass house nestled into the wooded hillside of MountSequoyah. The house is located at 964 East Arlington Terrace.

The L-Stack House is an ‘L’ configuration that divides the interior of the house by a carefully positioned glass-enclosed stairway that hinges together the two boxes that form the house structure. Throughout the house, windows and skylights are arranged to provide stunning views and illumination while still allowing for a sense of privacy. The L-Stack House is located at 857 N Woolsey Avenue.
The Keenan TowerHouse’s design includes a wooden lattice, made of white-oak fins, which reflect light at the height of the tree canopy; when approaching the house the lattice appears transparent. As visitors walk around the house, the space between the oak fins disappears providing a sense of gravity to ‘ground’ the tower. The home has an interior room for viewing the horizon and views in all directions and an open-roof exterior room. This house is located at 2570 Missouri Road.

Ingrid Spencer, former managing editor and current contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine in New York City, curated the homes for the Fayetteville Modern Home Tour, according to the press release. More homes will be added closer to the date of the tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at http://fayetteville.modernhometours.com/tickets/ and picked up at designated will call locations. Tickets will also be available at select properties for $30 the day of the tour. You can also follow Modern Home Tours, which have tours throughout the country, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/modernhometours.

About Modern Home Tours, LLC:
Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure to introduce Modern architecture and living to people across the nation through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the United States. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and homes, tour goers learn about sophisticated home design and even garner ideas for their own home.

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