NCMH Presents the “Six-Sided Wonder”

The James House will be open to the public for the first time in over 30 years.


May 17, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – For the first time in over 30 years, the James House in North Raleigh, a 5000-square-foot home comprised of 240-square-foot hexagonal structures, will be open to the public. North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) hosts a special tour on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Inside the unusual James House in Raleigh.

“If you enjoy reading plan books, you know the lure of the completely custom do-it-yourself house,” said George Smart, founder and director of NCMH, an award-winning nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and promoting modernist residential design. “In the early 1970s, Renaissance man Jay James designed and built 15 1/2 hexagonal structures then connected them together to form a wondrous 5000-square-foot house. The family has lived there and loved it ever since.”

According to Smart, NCSU School of Design (now College of Design) Dean Henry Kamphoefner regularly took architecture students out to view and sketch this innovative house in the 1970s. “Jay James was a consummate jack-of-all-trades,” he noted, “and the residence features both passive and active solar power, including a mirror that tracked the sun.”

Admission is by timed ticket entry only at 10, 10:30, 11, or 1130 a.m. Advance discount tickets are $5.95 per person and are available at

Members of NCMH’s Mod Squad members get in free and can show up any time.  Tickets will also be available for $8 at the door. The tour takes place rain or shine.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.


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