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.

Smart’s discovery of the Triangle’s large number of “livable works of art” in 2007 led him to found Triangle Modernist Houses.com. Today, the TMH website is the largest single archive of Modernist residential architecture, and those who design it, in the nation.

George Smart is a passionate advocate for Modernist architecture who continues to facilitate the public’s discovery of the state’s architectural legacy through TMH’s extensive website, public house tours, architecture trips outside the region, dinners with residential architects, and many other events. TMH also actively preserves existing Modernist houses by maintaining the state’s largest list of Modernist properties for sale.

The North Regional Library event follows a similar presentation Smart made at the Cameron Village Library in April.

“Mayberry Modernism” is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 919-870-4000.

For more information on George Smart and TMH, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

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