Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour set for March 12
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 12 to attend Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour. The popular event takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and serves as one of the Museum’s biggest fund-raising events.
This year’s tour features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern:
Binkovitz Residence: This unique, mid-century modern home boasts spectacular views of the surrounding desert and mountains from its location atop a hill above Rancho Mañana. The modest home, which is owned by Dr. Larry and Jean Binkovitz, uses a creative design to maximize its 1,660 square feet of living space. Functional, built-in bedroom furniture, floor to ceiling windows, and an expansive deck give the home a feeling of space that belies its size. The weathered corten steel exterior blends into the earthy browns and tans of the surrounding desert, and a cantilevered design will intrigue architecture enthusiasts and novices alike.
Hamline Residence: One of the original five homes built in Carefree, this historical home was designed by renowned Carefree architect Gerry Jones. Jones has designed more than 300 mountain residences in Arizona. Many are among the most sought after luxury custom homes in the state. In 2006, the home was remodeled and the exterior was clad with steel that eventually rusted. The new look gives the home a contemporary, industrial feel that is continued throughout the interior. Rustic modern architectural details, including massive doors, floor to ceiling windows, and wood beamed ceilings, create a visually interesting yet comfortable atmosphere. Standing at the back of the house, one can see all the way through to the view on the other side of the home.
Spurgin Residence: This beautiful and sprawling 4,424 square foot home was designed to house the owners’ extensive fine art collection. The attention to architectural detail and interior décor highlight the incredible artwork throughout the residence. Built in 2005, the home has numerous patios that provide incredible views of Four Peaks, Weavers Needle, and even the Fountain Hills Fountain. The guest house patio overlooks the Hohokam archaeological site. The Museum will conduct a “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” at this tour stop, where guests can purchase homemade baked goods, small cooking and gardening accessories, plants, and crafts. All proceeds from the “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” benefit Cave Creek Museum.
Dickens Home: Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, this recently renovated residence belongs to award-winning artist Lucy Dickens and her husband Richard. The ceilings add a unique charm to this home, with a beamed ceiling in the massive great room and a brick ceiling in the kitchen that add to the European ambience throughout. The bathrooms feature antique chests repurposed as sink cabinets. A resort-like backyard, offers views of massive boulders. From the second-floor patio, one can see Phoenix city lights in the evening. Dickens’ studio will also be open during the tour for those interested in seeing her paintings and workspace.
A self-guided tour, the event provides the flexibility to choose the order of which properties you visit. The Museum will provide a pamphlet that serves as your ticket and includes the history and a detailed description of each home. On-site docents will point out additional aspects of each home. Once you have your admission pamphlet, you can start the tour at any of the featured locations.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.cavecreekmuseum.org, at the Museum, which is located at 6140 Skyline Drive, or with credit card by phone. The Museum also will open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes.
Tickets cost $35 per person through 5 p.m. Monday, March 6. After that, tickets cost $40 per person. No pets, food or beverages, or photography will be allowed within the homes, and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Please note that some of the homes are on uneven terrain and may not be handicap accessible.
For additional information, call (480) 488-2764 or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.