2018

This page contains various updates we posted on the “Recent News” page throughout calendar 2018.

Disclaimer: The embedded links may not work – this page reflects historical posts and while the embedded links were functional at the time the updates were posted, they may not work now.

Happy Holidays! (December 2018)

Martha and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas and our hope for a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

New Drone Footage of the Byrne Residence Available! (November 2018)

Scott Jarson of azarchitecture.com, Jarson & Jarson Real Estate joined Martha at the Byrne Residence recently to capture drone footage which will be incorporated into brand new online marketing material featuring the house.

In fact, there are two versions of the video available: one about a minute and a half long and another that’s about 45 seconds long. Check them both out!

Byrne Residence in Modern Luxury Interiors Scottsdale (October 2018)

We were thrilled to see the Byrne Residence was one of three homes featured in the October 2018 issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Scottsdale! The article, “Name Recognition”, featured three spectacular homes currently on the market, including a fantastic image of the Byrne Residence by photographer Bill Timmerman – we couldn’t be happier!

Byrne Residence in Scottsdale Airpark News (August 2018)

We were thrilled to see the Byrne Residence was one of six buildings featured in the August 2018 issue of the Scottsdale Airpark News! The article, The article, “Airpark Architecture Aces”, featured six must-see buildings, including a fantastic image of the Byrne Residence by photographer Kimberly Carrillo – we couldn’t be happier!

California Dreamin’… (July 2018)

Yes, the rumors you heard are true! Martha and I will be returning to California as full-time residents by the end of the year. After almost four years of what some might refer to as a self-funded sabbatical, I recently joined Amazon, Inc., can you believe it?!

While we’re both very excited by the prospects of returning to the Bay Area, we’re going to miss – and I do mean greatly miss – waking up every day in this remarkable piece of world-class architecture we’ve called home for the past nine years, (first five as a vacation home, last four as our full-time residence).

Reluctantly, we’ve decided to place the Byrne Residence on the market, now having completed numerous restoration projects, both large and small, (most of which have been documented elsewhere in this blog). And yes, of course, we’ve turned to real estate experts, Scott & Debbie Jarson, to assist us with this effort! 🙂

If you happen to be browsing this portion of the blog and think you might know of an architectural enthusiast who would relish the idea of becoming the trusted steward of Will Bruder’s most published residential work, please have them contact either Scott or Debbie Jarson at (480) 425-9300.

Organic Zen (June 2018)

Congratulations to Wendell Burnette on a fantastic feature in the June edition of Phoenix Home & Garden, highlighting one of his firm’s most recent residential projects, the Meredith residence. Bill Timmerman’s images are sublime!

Burton Barr Central Library (June 2018)

On Saturday, June 16th, the Burton Barr Central Library will open at 9:00 AM, bringing an eleven-month renovation project brought on by a storm-induced failure of the fire suppression system in July of last year to a close.

There are special activities planned all day long to celebrate the return of this treasured public space to its devotees! If you are looking for an enriching activity suitable for the entire family, please consider visiting the library this Saturday and join the celebration!

Spring Project Update (May 2018)

Last Sunday, I spent a couple of hours power-washing the cedar planks on the east deck, then spent most of Monday coating those cedar planks with Thompson’s Water Seal®. I’m very pleased with the results too – the cedar is slowly darkening randomly and shows no signs of premature splitting either, (which is very good news, because I completed the deck replacement project a mere eleven months ago)!

In fact, I can report all of my spring projects are now complete! The other project I always try to wrap up in April involves tightening the screws on the corrugated roof canopy over the main living area – now almost trivial, since I replaced every screw about two years ago, (that project is documented here).

30 Years Architalx 1987 – 2018 (May 2018)

Architalx just released a publication featuring selections from 138 lectures spanning three decades! Architalx, based in Portland, ME, is committed “…to broaden awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture and design by sponsoring lectures that foster evocative and creative dialogue within the design community and with the general public.”

Will Bruder was one of those lecturers, (in 1999), and we were pleased to learn he featured the Byrne Residence in that particular lecture. Other notable architects who have also participated in Architalx lectures include Rick Joy, Carlos Jimenez and Tom Kundig.

The School of Architecture at Taliesin – Lecture Forum (April 2018)

Our spring calendar is peppered with a wide variety architecturally-themed events including tours, lectures and exhibits! In fact, we had the privilege of hearing Wendell Burnette speak this past Thursday at the David & Gladys Wright House as part of an ongoing series of lectures sponsored by The School of Architecture at Taliesin.

In fact, there are three more extremely accomplished architects who will be speaking between now, (April 22nd), and May 3rd, can you believe it?!

Jack DeBartolo III – 7:30 PM on Monday, April 23rd – David & Gladys Wright House.
Rob Paulus – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25th – Taliesin West.
Christiana Moss – 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 3rd – Taliesin West.

Please RSVP to Jason Donofrio, (jdonofrio@taliesin.edu), if you’d like to attend!

Wendell Burnette Lecture & Art + Architecture Tour (April 2018)

Wendell Burnette will give a free lecture titled “Dialogues in Space: The Work of Wendell Burnette Architects” at the ASU Art Museum on Thursday, April 5th at 6:00 PM.

On Saturday, April 21st, Wendell Burnette will conduct “Art + Architecture Tour” of six signature projects, (including lunch at SOI 4 Bangkok Eatery), from 10:00 AM until 7:30 PM.

UPDATE: The “Art + Architecture Tour”, (held yesterday, April 21st), was a complete success – 100% sold out – with well over 40 architecture enthusiasts joining Wendell for a tour of six very special projects here in the Valley. The weather was perfect, the pacing was spot-on, and the overall experience was sublime!

Congratulations to Wendell Burnette Architects and to the ASU Art Museum!

How I Got The Shot (February 2018)

Phoenix-based photographer Catherine Slye visited the Byrne Residence again on January 31st, when she spent the evening with us as part of a new photographic project she’s currently working on called “Lunar Landscapes”. Please visit Catherine’s website to learn more about this fantastic series of images, including those captured here at the Byrne Residence!

Update: Catherine is one of thirty women photographers featured in “How I Got The Shot: Women’s Edition”, launched on March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day. Congratulations Catherine!

Byrne Residence in Modern Luxury Scottsdale (January/February 2018)

We were absolutely thrilled to see the Byrne Residence gracing the cover of the January/February issue of Modern Luxury Scottsdale! The article, “Home Run”, featured a fantastic image of the Byrne Residence by photographer Bill Timmerman, and we couldn’t be happier!

Taliesin West (January 2018)

Last Friday, (the 12th), Martha and I joined executives from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and from Scottsdale Arts, as well as the renowned artist, Ann Morton, at Taliesin West for a rather special hike.

We learned a bit about the Rio Verde Canal, a project described as “An Irrigation Scheme on a Pious Basis” in the April 23rd, 1893 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. If you substitute the word “dubious” for “pious”, you get a much better idea of how feasible this scheme really was, (it wasn’t)!

This reverse-“J”-shaped canal gouged out along the southeastern edge of the property represents a fascinating snippet of Arizona history – and it’s reflective of the importance of water in the Sonoran Desert. While the Rio Verde Canal was never a viable project, Mr. Wright understood how to read the terrain and successfully located a permanent supply of water for Taliesin West shortly after purchasing the property.

Here’s a shot of the southern slope of a portion of the canal bank, maybe a quarter of a mile from Taliesin West Drive.

The terrain is dotted with every conceivable type of cacti, tree, shrub and, of course, lichen-covered rocks!

Happy New Year! (January 2018)

Martha and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I’ll be updating a little later on with a photograph or two highlighting what we did on this first day of 2018!

…and, on the fifth attempt, (it’s a long story), it arose! Today, we were successful in getting a batch of my mom’s cinnamon rolls out of the oven, albeit with an ever-so-slightly-modified dough recipe!

While we waited for these beauties to cool down earlier this evening, we sat in the Living Room and enjoyed the “fire and ice” feature, (see below)!



…yup, 2018 is definitely getting off to a great start! 🙂