Architectural treasures don't generally come to mind when you think of Fort Lauderdale.
MOD Weekend 2013 aims to change that.
Exquisite examples of the city's midcentury modern design come into sharp focus at events in North Beach Village on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is sponsored by Tropic Magazine.
"We wanted to create a better understanding of the architecture of Fort Lauderdale," says John O'Connor, the event's organizer and editor of the architecture and design publication. "MOD Weekend is one way to get people excited about the modern gems we have right here in South Florida."
Events are being held in North Beach Village at Breakers Avenue one block west of A1A. The neighborhood has many examples of the clean and open design style that exploded during the postwar era through the mid-1960s.
The lineup includes:
Beach Blanket Babylon: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, features "10utside," a large-scale installation featuring the diptychs of Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, who collaborate as the Hilton Brothers. The free event includes a vintage auto and antiques show and pop-up art galleries with works from South Florida artists.
The exhibit, staged in conjunction with the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, features 10 massive photos mounted on the neighborhood's cool-looking buildings.
"Some of the graphic photos are 12 by 15 feet and are an amazing, thought-provoking meld of the works of Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg," O'Connor says. "Andy Warhol called Christopher Makos the world's most-modern photographer."
Magical Mystery Bus Tour: 10 a.m. Saturday for a two-hour look at eight buildings. Tickets cost $50.
"The double-decker bus tour offers a closer look inside six of eight buildings like the Sea Tower at Pier 66, the sanctuary at Second Presbyterian Church and Dan Duckham's original architectural studio built in 1962," O'Connor says. "He's a noted local architecture hero from the '60s who will be here to speak about his work. His mentor was Frank Lloyd Wright."
Architecture and Design Film Festival: O'Connor and his colleagues will introduce the documentaries "Coast Modern" at 6 p.m. Saturday and "Visual Acoustics," celebrating the career of modernism photographer Julius Shulman, at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 at Gateway Theater.
Closing Party: Tiki Madness: 8 p.m. Sunday, $25, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Mai-Kai, Charles McKirahan's 1955 temple to the South Pacific.
Buy event tickets at MODWeekend.com or call 954-224-7706.