Ignite Raleigh 2 To Include “Mayberry Modernism”

George Smart

February 26, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) —  George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses, will present “Mayberry Modernism: Why The Triangle Is America’s Hotspot For Way Cool Houses” on Wednesday, March 3, at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh during “Ignite Raleigh 2,” an evening of  thought-provoking presentations that will take place from 7 to 10 p.m.

Ignite is “a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd,” according to the website. The concept began in Seattle, Washington, in 2006 then spread to other communities.

To participate in the event, potential speakers posted ideas on the Ignite Raleigh 2 website they wanted to present at the Lincoln Theater event. Visitors to the site voted on the presentations and the 15 ideas with the most votes were invited to speak for five minutes each.

To inspire votes, Smart described his presentation as: “Barney Fife spent his weekends in Raleigh, and for good reason – we are one of the country’s hotspots for mid-century modernist architecture. I’ll share why — plus where to find over 500 local examples of great architecture — and what you can do to save some of these ‘works of art’ from destruction!”

For more information on Ignite Raleigh 2, visit www.igniteraleigh.com.

For more information on George Smart and Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.


Appetite 4 Architecture (A4A) Invites Triangle Residents To Discuss Their Dream Homes Over Dinner

February 15, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Dreaming of a new modernist house?  An exciting renovation?  Thinking about architecture as a career?  Have you long admired a certain local architect or a really cool house?

George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), had announced the organization’s spring fundraiser schedule: a series of Triangle dinners connecting the public with some of the Triangle’s best professionals in modernist residential architecture and construction.

“For those who are always thinking about their dream houses,” Smart said, “here’s a rare chance to break bread with one or two talented Triangle modernist architects at an intimate, small group dinner.  The lineup of guests and dining locations is outstanding.  We’re thrilled to have the participation of excellent restaurants such as Solas, 18 Seaboard, 618 Bistro, Margaux’s, and the Piedmont.”

Named “Appetite 4 Architecture” or A4A, the series begins Tuesday, March 23,rd  with multi-award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, and David Crawford,  executive director of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This dinner will take place at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh.  Proceeds benefit AIA North Carolina’s new Center for Architecture & Design to be built in downtown Raleigh.
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SAVED: National Alert Saves Endangered NC Modernist House

The Carr House, 1958

February 7, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving and preserving modernist residential design, is pleased to announce that the endangered 1958 Carr House has been sold to new, appreciative owners. This masterpiece of mid-century modern architecture was originally designed by architect Kenneth Scott AIA, for John and Binford Carr.

When the 2337-square-foot house went on the market last fall, TMH founder and director George Smart issued a national alert to find a buyer who wouldn’t tear it down.

“Immediately I knew this house was a prime target for the bulldozer,” Smart said. “It was an older house on a large lot on a golf course, coupled with an empty lot next door – the perfect storm for a McMansion and a tragedy for a uniquely beautiful house in near-perfect shape.”

TMH issues alerts when a potentially endangered house goes on the market rather than wait while it sits empty – sometimes for months or years.  “By doing so, we gain critical time,” Smart noted, “time that dramatically increases the chances of finding a buyer who wants the house, not just the property.”

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