Triangle Modernist Houses Makes Docomomo-US Newsletter

February 22, 2011 (DURHAM, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving and promoting modernist residential design, is featured in the “Advocacy Spotlight” for the month of February in the Docomomo-US Newsletter.


Dcocomomo is an acronym for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the MOdern Movement. Founded in 1988 in The Netherlands, Docomomo has national chapters, or “working parties,” in 54 countries and over 2000 individual members. It is an important presence in conservation and in the worldwide architectural culture, working in partnership with other international organizations, national governments, and regional and national associations. Docomomo-US is the national chapter for the United States.


The February newsletter’s Advocacy Spotlight notes that TMH is “one of the largest single archives for residential modern in the United States.” It discusses why the Triangle region of North Carolina has the third largest collection of modernist houses in the nation: “…due in large part to Henry Kamphoefner, the founding Dean of the NC State University School of Design (now College of Design) who recruited top faculty and insisted that they practice as well as teach. Their output was prolific but almost completely undocumented, until the formation of Triangle Modernist in 2007.”


The Spotlight also notes: “TMH maintains a rapidly growing collection of audio, video, and document archives featuring Modernist architects both living and deceased, including over 130 in North Carolina.”


To see the Docomomo-US February newsletter, visit


For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit



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