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Moon Over Modernism® events benefit USModernist, a 501C3 nonprofit educational archive for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist architecture.  USModernist is America's largest open digital resource for Modernist residential architecture with documentation on over 21,000 houses by nearly every major Modernist architect.  This event supports the USModernist archive, the longrunning podcast USModernist Radio, and the 4.3-million-page architecture and design magazine library.

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Saturday, September 21, 9am-3pm
Modernist House Tours


Sunday, September 22
Tiburon Bluff House Sunset Cocktail Party, 5-7pm

Bluff House is an awe-inspiring symphony of Modernist design, an unparalleled sculptural masterpiece crafted from concrete and steel. Clean lines and expansive walls that seamlessly blend into the surrounding sprawling landscape, a perfect harmony between nature and human ingenuity.  The incredible Bay view unfolds through 180-degree windows, showcasing the majesty of San Francisco, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and the idyllic Belvedere Island, all culminating in the grandeur of Mount Tamalpais. The living space itself is a masterpiece of light and volume. Imagine airy rooms where natural light dances across polished surfaces, creating a sense of openness and limitless possibility.  This is a smart home where everything responds to touch, powered by the sun, thanks to a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar system and Tesla batteries.

You'll enjoy a lovely evening benefit cocktail party, spectacularly overlooking San Francisco Bay, with delicious appetizers, signature cocktails provided by Vermont Spirits, and entertainment by the drummer who loves ballads, the John Armato Trio. Valet parking provided, but as space is limited we encourage participants to come by UBER/LYFT.

Tickets and Details

Saturday tickets are $149 per person.  Choose a tour time.  To minimize traffic and wait times, admission is by timed-entry, color-coded wristband.  This greatly smooths out parking at the houses. You'll pick up your wristband (location TBA) and drive to the first house on that wristband's itinerary.  Then you'll follow the route to the other houses. 

Want to go to any house, at times of your choice?  Choose a VIP Tour Ticket. 

For Sunday, tickets are $299 per person.  You'll park in Tiburon (location TBA) and be shuttled to the party.

VIP Event Tickets include a VIP Tour Ticket and a Sunday Party Ticket. 

All ticketholders receive a free year's membership ($120 value) in the
Mod Squad, USModernist's support organization!

Weekend Options

The Fine Print:  By paying, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Physical tickets are not issued in advance; your name will be on our list.

House addresses and directions will be emailed about a week ahead. 

At the Saturday tour, carried children are free; strollers are not permitted.

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for event cancellation. Tickets are transferable, however, just email devra@usmodernist.org at least a week ahead. 

We apologize that because these are private houses, they are not necessarily ADA-compliant.  Participants must be able to walk up and down stairs and navigate without aid of a walker or wheelchair.

Do not attend any event if you have symptoms within 7 days before the event or have been exposed to someone with COVID within the last 7 days before the event. 

For the party, over 21 only;  ID's will be checked.

  No tobacco use, weapons, or outside food and drink allowed at houses or grounds. 

Take all the photos you want, non-commercial use only.

Proceeds benefit USModernist, a 501C3 nonprofit educational archive for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist architecture.

Questions?  Contact Executive Director George Smart, george@usmodernist.org.