Preservation NC, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture To Host “Thirst 4 Architecture” Happy Hour

August’s networking event brings design and preservation enthusiasts together.

August 15, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Preservation North Carolina and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture join with Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) to host this month’s TMH “Thirst4Architecture” happy hour on Thursday, August 25, from 6-8 p.m. in Nowell’s at 900 E. Chatham Street, Cary, NC.

These informal monthly events are free and open to architects, artists, designers, interior designers, realtors, engineers, contractors, property investors, building managers, Modernist homeowners, materials and furniture dealers “or anyone with a huge crush on great architecture,” said TMH founder and director George Smart.  Nowell’s will provide refreshments as well as live music by Third Expression.

Jerry Nowell, the owner of Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, has long been a strong supporter of TMH, including the Nowell’s annual architecture film series.

Preservation North Carolina (PNC), North Carolina’s only private, nonprofit, statewide preservation organization, has also supported the TMH mission since the organization was established in 2007.

“Our first preservation easement on a mid-century modern houses was the [1948] Kamphoefner House in 1996,” said Myrick Howard, president of PNC. “But for that easement, that house would now be history. We share Triangle Modernist House’s enthusiasm for structures that serve as excellent examples of the Modernist movement and hope to continue to protect them through educational and entertaining events like Thirst4Architecture.”

“Thirst 4Architecture” events are intended to build relationships, generating passion about good design, creating strategic alliances, and connect people, according to Smart. “It’s all interaction. There are no presentations or PowerPoint slides,” he said. “Come enjoy the refreshments, the music by Third Expression, enter for door prizes, and make new friends and contacts. We’re delighted to have Nowell’s and PNC in on the fun, and the mission, with us.”

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For more information on Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture and to get directions to the store, go to

For more information on Preservation NC, visit

About Preservation North Carolina:

Since 1939, PNC has protected and promoted hundreds of buildings and landscapes important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. As North Carolina’s only private, nonprofit statewide preservation organization, PNC protects historic properties by identifying, purchasing and reselling them through its highly effective Endangered Properties Program. It also promotes preservation through its stewardship properties, educational programs, public recognition program, DVDs and publications. PNC is supported through the generosity of nearly 5,000 members. Members receive a magazine, which features properties available for rehabilitation and articles of interest. Join PNC and make North Carolina a better place for present and future generations. For more information:

Chapel Hill Realtors, Durham Library Host “Mayberry Modernism”

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

August 4, 2011 (Durham, 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 South Regional Library in Durham on August 16 and to the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors® on August 31.

“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 good shape, some are endangered, and many have been destroyed.

“Most people, even architects, are surprised that the Triangle has the third largest number of Modernist houses in America,” Smart says. “Through ‘Mayberry Modernism,’ I discuss why we have so many and share photographs of over 50 eye-popping, award-winning Modernist houses in the region from mid-century to new construction.”

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Durham Magazine blog: “Smart Move”

We were pleased to read on Sunday that George Smart, whose cool modern home we featured in our June

Photo by Briana Brough for Durham Magazine

issue, received one of Preservation Durham‘s first Advocacy Awards.

George was honored for founding the Triangle Modernist Houses website, a comprehensive catalog of the best examples of the spare, sleek architectural style to be found in the area. He joined those ranks last year with his Parkwood home, a modern marvel he designed himself. It’s all the more striking for being situated in the heart of the modest, traditional South Durham neighborhood.

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