October 8, 2009 (DURHAM, NC) – George Smart, Jr., founder and executive director of Triangle Modernist Houses.com, has received a 2009 City of Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance. The awards ceremony was held October 7 at the
Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
The award credits Smart as “a champion of the local Modernist architectural movement, raising public awareness through web-based resources, grants, and public tours.”
In 2007, George Smart launched www.trianglemodernisthouses.com, a website dedicated to preserving modernist homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina by increasing public awareness of their existence – especially when that existence is threatened by neglect or encroaching development.
“The more people who know about these extraordinary houses, the less likely they are to get torn down,” Smart told Dwell magazine earlier this year.