The first in a series of monthly home tours of prominent examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Savannah will be held the weekend of March 28-29 as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association Kiss-a-Pig campaign of Adam Aldrich.
The March tour includes a Friday evening Atomic cocktail party at 24e with period clothing, music, cocktails and cars. Modernism experts will speak on specific key features that represent the Atomic age. On Saturday five midtown homes will be showcased with docents at each stop.
Tickets are $75 per person for both the cocktail party and tour. Tickets are $35 for the home tours only.
MCM Home Tours will also take place April 25-26 and May 16-17.
What is Mid-Century Modern?
Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is an architectural, interior, and product design form that generally describes post-war developments in modern design from roughly 1945 to 1965. The home designs feature clean, modern lines and were built using modern construction methods, particularly "post and beam" engineering. Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America's post-war suburbs.
This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans to open up interior spaces that bring the outdoors in. Mid-Century Homes Modern architecture is regaining national recognition and the movement is experiencing a renaissance.
About Savannah Mid-Century Homes
In the 1950s and 1960s Savannah was fortunate to have had a handful of architects that were influenced by the modern design movement. Daniel Grantham, Carl Helfrich, Henry Levy, Jack Stacy and Porter Driscoll were busy designing residences and civic structures that, at the time, seemed odd and out of place, but would later be seen as visionary. These men are credited with designing most of what Savannah today proudly calls its own invaluable collection of Mid-Century and Modern architectural gems. The style features ample windows and open floor plans to open up interior spaces and bring the outdoors in.
Modern architecture is regaining national recognition and the movement is experiencing a renaissance, including in Savannah, where there are over 100 notable homes.
Each month home tours will include:
• Friday evening cocktail parties with modernism experts
• Period clothes, music, cocktails and cars add to the fun
• Saturday tours will feature five different homes each month
For more information on this event, please call (912) 242-8110 ext. 3091 or visit www.diabetes.org/mid-century.
All funds raised during the Kiss-a-Pig campaign benefit American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading organization dedicated to curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Diabetes is the nation's fifth deadliest disease, killing more than 220,000 Americans each year. It is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke, adult blindness, kidney failure and non-traumatic amputations.
Many people living with this life-altering disease do not know it, partially because they may not experience any symptoms during the early stages. More than 14 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and researchers believe over six million more may have diabetes and not realize it.
Call the ADA at (912) 353-8110 ext. 3091 or tickets may be purchased at the following locations: 24e (24 East Broughton); DC2 Design (104 West Broughton); Greener Grass (9100 White Bluff Rd.); Mopper-Stapen Realtors (31 West Congress St.) or (406 Hwy 80 East, Ste B); Savannah Harley-Davidson (6 Gateway Blvd. West - just off I-95); and Merrill Lynch (7414 Hodgson Memorial Dr.).
Day of tour ticket sales will be available at the front of Savannah Arts Academy (500 Washington Ave., Savannah) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or may be ordered at www.diabetes.org/mid-century.