Triangle Modernist Houses’ Director To Address CORA-Charlotte

George Smart will present “Mayberry Modernism” during the group’s July meeting.

July 14, 2011 (Charlotte, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning non-profit organization Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), will present his signature talk “Mayberry Modernism” to the Charlotte branch of the Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA-Charlotte) on Friday, July 22, beginning at noon.

In “Mayberry Modernism,” Smart explains why North Carolina’s Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) is home to the third largest collection of modernist houses in the nation, bested only by Los Angeles and Chicago. His talk to CORA-Charlotte will focus on the Charlotte area, with houses designed by Hal Tribble, Crutcher Ross, A. G. Odell, Harold Cooler, Stan Russell, Murray Whisnant, and other Modernist architects. He will conclude with images of all of the award-winning Modernist houses from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects from the 1950s to today.

CORA-Charlotte is a diverse group of interrelated housing professionals dedicated to improving the quality of residential architecture through the promotion of dialogue among homeowners, builders and designers. Members include architects, landscape architects, interior designers, contractor and builders, engineers, educators, consultants, realtors, and other housing-related vendors. There are no dues or membership fees.

“Charlotte has a great receptivity to its Modernist houses as evidenced by record crowds at the last two Historic Charlotte Modern House Tours,” Smart said.  “But because many of these have been undocumented until the last few years, many CORA-Charlotte members are unfamiliar with the great houses right in their own city. Knowing these houses helps inspire more architects and designers to advocate for modern design with their clients.”

Smart’s presentation is co-sponsored by Gail Jodon of Modern Charlotte Realty.

The July 22 CORA-Charlotte lunch meeting will be held at 131 Main Restaurant at 1315 East Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C. 28203. Lunch will begin at 11:30 ($15 per person). The meeting, including Smart’s presentation, will begin at noon.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Lindsay Daniel, a CORA-Charlotte founder and CORA-AIA Task Force member: Available attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. For design professionals, the program will provide one self-reported HSW Continuing Education credit.

Triangle Modernist Houses is committed to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist architecture. For more information visit


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