MARCH 16, 2011

‘Homes Through Time’ Tour Sunday, March 20

Proceeds benefit Cave Creek Museum

CAVE CREEK – Back by popular demand, Cave Creek Museum is hosting its “Homes Through Time” Home Tour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The fund-raiser features four distinctive homes, including the widely-acclaimed Boulder House, which was designed by Charles E. Johnson around, over and under enormous outcrops of weathered granite and was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. Built by Sunnie and Bill Empie, the Boulder House is now owned by the Yavapai nation, and the home tour provides a rare opportunity to see its mystical elements of archaeological lore and contemporary design.

“Our home tour has always been a significant fund-raiser for the Museum, and we’re very excited to showcase the Boulder House along with three other beautiful homes,” said Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director. “Guests on our home tour will see striking architecture, exquisite interior design, spectacular gardens and elegant courtyards.

Several homes also feature original pieces of work by local artists in our community.”
In addition to the Boulder House, the home tour features the Maczka-O’Connor Home, a stunning home with European influence whose grounds include a delightful sculpture garden; Azure Hills, a southwest hacienda where each room has its own unique ceilings and floors, keeping the visitor’s eyes challenged to see it all; and the Monachino/Tucker Home in the Rancho Mañana area that sits amidst the mountains of Cave Creek, from which the master gardener owner took inspiration in her landscaping.

The Museum will provide a pamphlet with the history and detailed description of each home. This pamphlet will serve as each person’s ticket to enter each home. As participants tour the homes, docents will offer information and answer questions. Once guests have their admission pamphlets, they can start the tour at any of the four homes.

Tickets to the “Homes Through Time” Home Tour can only be purchased at the Museum, not the homes. Advance tickets cost $25 per person. The Museum will open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 20 to sell tickets, which cost $30 the day of the event. Credit cards are accepted. No pets, food or beverages, or photography will be allowed within the homes and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. 

Also in March: In honor of “Archaeology Month,”  the Museum is participating in an Archaeological Expo at Spur Cross on March 5, hosting an Open House at the Museum on March 11, and will participate in an Archaeological Expo at Deer Valley Rock Center on March 26 & 27. A special free children’s program, “Workin’ the Rocks: Hohokam Tools” is also set for March 12.

For more information, call 480-488-2764 or visit