North Regional Library Hosts “Mayberry Modernism”

Triangle Modernist Houses’ George Smart will discuss NC’s modernist  legacy.

April 25, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning non-profit Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), will present his signature talk “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” at the North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 11, from 7-9 p.m.

“Most people, even architects, are surprised that the Triangle has the third largest number of Modernist houses in America,” Smart said. “Mayberry Modernism discusses why we have so many and shares photographs of over 50 eye-popping houses from past and the present.”

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprisingly large collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, particularly those in the Triangle region. Many of these houses are in great shape, but some are endangered and many have been destroyed.

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Triangle Modernist Houses Presents ModShop III

A Homes Tour + Shopping Day Trip to Charlotte

The 1960 Mann Residence designed by Alan Ingram.

April 12, 2011 (Durham, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting modernist residential design, has announced ModShop III, its third tour of modernist houses and shopping trip to Charlotte.

The popular day trip will take place Saturday, May 14, leaving from the Fast Park near the RDU Airport aboard a luxury, Internet-equipped tour bus at 7 a.m. and returning by 6:30 p.m.

For this particular trip, TMH’s ModShop III group will join Historic Charlotte, Inc.’s, Modernist Homes Tour that is being held on the same day. The TMH group will visit exceptional Charlotte Modernist houses from the 1950s and ‘60s as well as newer homes open exclusively for ModShop III participants.

The tour will include the Lassiter Residence designed by A.G. Odell, the oldest modernist house in Charlotte, which will be torn down if a buyer doesn’t come forward by June. To see all six houses ModShop III will tour, visit

As with other ModShop trips, the day will conclude with a shopping excursion to Ikea,  the international homes furnishings retailer featuring Scandinavian modern furniture and accessories. Purchases of any size can be accommodated in the luxury tour bus’s stowage space.

“By joining the ModShop group, tour goers won’t have to worry about directions or parking to see the tour,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “Our bus will take us to each house, and to Ikea. And we’ll be doing our part to reduce the tour’s carbon footprint by going together on the bus.”

Bagels and coffee will be served at the point of departure and a catered lunch will be provided on the bus during the tour.

Admission to ModShop III is by advanced ticket purchase only. No tickets will be sold on the day of the tour. Tickets are $79, including transportation, breakfast and lunch. For all the details of the trip and to reserve tickets, go to

NCMH Founder George Smart To Join Modernism At Risk Panel

The event kicks off Historic Charlotte’s May Preservation Month  celebration.

April 11, 2011 (Charlotte, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), will join other modernist architecture experts when Historic Charlotte, Inc. presents its Modernism At Risk panel discussion on April 19, 2011, at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in Charlotte.

The panel discussion will kick off Historic Charlotte’s month-long “Mad About Modern” preservation celebration in May.

North Carolina Modernist Houses is an award-winning, non-profit organization that has been archiving, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design from the 1950s to today since Smart founded it in 2007. Today, NCMH’s website,, is the single largest archive of modernist houses, and those who design them, in the nation.

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TMH, Goodnight Raleigh To Host Happy Hour for Design Businesses, Enthusiasts

Fun Networking, Community-building Events Start April 27 in Raleigh. 

April 7, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) —  Following the popularity of its Appetite4Architecture dinners that connect the public with local Modernist architects, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) will launch the first Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour in partnership with

The happy hour is April 27 at Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Company in Raleigh from 6-8 p.m. The informal, cash-bar event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

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Inside-The-Beltline Modern, 1950s Lustron Facing Demolition

Triangle Modernist Houses hopes buyers can be found for both – soon.

2727 Mayview Road, Raleigh, is on the market for the property, not the house itself.


April 5, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – When the owner of a Raleigh mid-century modern house lists the property – not the house – for sale, demolition isn’t far behind.

That’s why Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), a North Carolina historic preservation nonprofit, is scrambling to find buyers for the John Voorhees house at 2727 North Mayview in Raleigh and a classic Lustron house in Nashville, NC near Wilson.

“You can’t get a better location,” says TMH founder George Smart of the Voorhees house. “It’s in a coveted central location off Brooks Avenue inside the Raleigh beltline, close to Cameron Village, downtown, NCSU, and Meredith College.”

Former Raleigh city planner John Voorhees built his modernist, one-story house in 1961. The exterior features vertical wood and brick, a low-slung roofline, and an abundance of glass. The owner has listed the property – not the house – for sale, which means demolition isn’t far behind. According to listing agent John O’Neal, the house needs a lot of work but it can be renovated. The property is listed at $269,900. O’Neal can be reached at (919) 559-7337.

TMH is also hoping to find a buyer for a prefab Lustron house on Collins Street in Nashville, NC. These all-steel, kit-built houses were built by Carl Strandland in Columbus, Ohio, for GIs returning from World War II. A church next door owns the Nashville house and wants the land for a parking lot.

“Lane Johnson, the demolition contractor hired recently by the church, has become a big Lustron fan and has offered a short stay of execution,” Smart reports. “Lane will painstakingly disassemble the modular Lustron and put it on a truck for $14,000. That’s the entire house, delivered to its new owner, for the cost of a car. He’ll even get you the assembly manual.”

Anyone interested in taking Johnson up on his offer should contact him at

TMH is an award-winning archive and website dedicated to preserving and promoting modernist residential design from the 1950s to day. Early this year, TMH sent out a national preservation alert on the oldest modernist house in Charlotte, architect AG Odell’s Lassiter House.  It will be demolished if a buy doesn’t come forward by June. The listing agent is Gail Jodon  at 704-957-9107. A News 14 Carolinas report on the Lassiter house can be seen at

“We’re losing too many mid-century Modernist houses because land values have risen so fast in the last few decades,” Smart said. “I call on anyone who has ever been in love with architecture to seriously consider buying one of these three houses.”

For more information on these and other Modernist houses for sale or rent, visit and click on “For Sale” or “For Rent.”

For more information on Lustron houses, visit

Assocation of Architecture Organizations Accepts TMH As New Member

Triangle Modernist Houses joins national network that promotes excellence in architecture and design communities.

April 4, 2011 (Durham, NC) — The Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) has accepted Triangle Modernist Archive, Inc., the parent non-profit entity for Triangle Modernist, as a new member.

Based in Chicago, AAO is a national network that promotes excellence in architecture and design education communities. AAO encourages cooperation among institutions, educators, and the general public, and is committed to sharing knowledge and experiences for greater public awareness and appreciation of architecture.

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