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.”

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 gives a fascinating and informative slideshow and presentation about some of our true architectural treasures – the wealth of Modernist homes in our area,” said Mark Zimmerman, a past president of the Greater Chapel Hill Realtors Association.

South Regional Library is located at 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27713 (919.560.7409). Smart’s talk, free and open to the public, will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the South Regional meeting room.

His presentation to the Chapel Hill Realtors is part of the Association “Lunch ‘n Learn” series and will take place from 12-1 p.m. at Association office at 112 Perkins Drive, Suite 7700. Tickets are $10 for non-members. The Association reports that they’re fully booked at this time but that they are accepting names for a waiting list. To get on the list, email: membership@chapelhillrealtors.com.

For more information on George Smart, “Mayberry Modernism” and Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

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