Triangle Modernist Houses Announces Spring Homes Tour

Featuring four unique Modernist houses in Durham’s Hope Valley neighborhood.

February 20, 2012 (Durham, NC) — The 29th Triangle Modernist Houses tour of modern homes will be

The Patel House

held Saturday April 14, 1-4 p.m., in the Hope Valley neighborhood of Durham, NC.

The tour will feature four unique homes: one brand new, one four years old, and two mid-century moderns that have been renovated. The houses on the spring tour are:

  • The Miriam and Henry Nicholson House, designed by architect Robert (Judge) Carr.  Renovated and currently for sale.
  • The 2008 Monica Hunter House, designed by architect Bill Waddell.
  • The 2011 Patel House, designed and built by architect Sanjeev Patel.
  • The Chute Residence, a mid-century modern ranch currently under renovation and expansion by architect Ellen Cassilly.

Architects Waddell, Cassilly, and Patel will be at the houses to discuss any details or questions from the public. Photography is allowed and encouraged inside and out.

The Hunter House

Tour-goers may park for free at St. Stephen’s Church on Rugby Road. From there they can walk, bike, or take one of two free shuttle buses to the houses. (Please do not drive directly to the houses.)

“We’re super green,” said TMH founder and board chair George Smart. “Think of all the carbon saved by shuttles versus driving hundreds of cars from house-to-house individually.”

Tickets are $14.95 per person in advance for the general public, $11.95 per person in advance for Mod Squad members, and $20 per person on the day of the tour. Children carried or in strollers are admitted free.  Tickets are available at

Since 2008, no organization in North Carolina has hosted more Modernist house tours than TMH. Support from thousands of homeowners, architects, builders, and members of the community allow TMH to bring the public exclusive access to modernist residential architecture. Proceeds from tour ticket sales benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.

Sponsors for the April 14 tour, who will also be on hand at each house, include: L.E. Meyers Builders, The Kitchen Specialist, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Go Realty, Anchorage Building Corporation, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Byrd Tile Distributors, and Tonic Design/Tonic Construction.

Contact George Smart at 919-740-8407 with questions about the Durham tour.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthousescom.

Raleigh’s Pecha Kucha Night To Feature “Mayberry Modernism”

George Smart of Triangle Modernist Houses to present the 7-minute version of his popular presentation.

February 14, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder George Smart will be one of the rapid-fire presenters at Pecha Kucha Night in Raleigh on Wednesday, February 22, presenting  “Mayberry Modernism: Why North Carolina Is America’s Hotspot For Way Cool Houses.”

Pecha Kucha is the Japanese word for “chit-chat.” Participants share ideas in a fast-paced, high-energy manner in no more than six minutes and 40 seconds.

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is an award-winning, non-profit organization Smart founded in 2007 to document, preserve, and promote modernist residential design. “Mayberry Modernism” spotlights many of North Carolina’s modernist houses from the 1950s to today. TMH draws over 50,000 hits a month to its vast digital archives, with nearly 15,000 photos.

The theme for this year’s Pecha Kucha Night in Raleigh is “Love of Community,” which segues perfectly with “Mayberry Modernism,” according to Smart.

“I’ll share how – and why – I and so many people have come together around a love of North Carolina Modernist houses,” he said.

Smart has presented Mayberry Modernism to Pecha Kucha events in Raleigh and Charlotte. He also regularly presents a speech-length version, “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” across North Carolina to preservation groups, sections of the American Institute of Architecture, and professional realtors’ associations, among others.

Pecha Kucha Night will take place at The Union Tavern in downtown Raleigh, 327 West Davie Street, #114. Doors open at 5:40 p.m.  The event is free, but space is very limited and sells out, so audience members are encouraged to get their free tickets early at

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

The NCMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “God’s Architects”

A documentary celebrating five men who create their own architectural worlds.

February 8, 2011 (Cary, NC) — North Carolina Modernist Houses continues the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series this month with a special screening of “God’s Architects,” a moving documentary that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The film will be shown Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Cary’s Galaxy Cinema.

Created by young filmmaker Zach Godshall, the documentary details how and why these five men, who operate without funding or blueprints and completely unknown to each other, dedicate their lives to create architectural worlds drawn from nothing more than their imagination.

“I think I was initially attracted to these guys because they are working without blueprints, without funding and really going off what they felt was intuition or inspiration,” Godshall says, “and to me that was an inspiring situation to be in.”  The young filmmaker says he learned a lot while working with these self-taught builders. “These guys really do bare their hearts in this movie. They’re very genuine, and I think it comes across, and people feel that.”

Rusty Long Architect is sponsoring this special screening of “God’s Architects.” Sponsors for the entire NCMH Architecture Movie Series include Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Modern Home Auction, Cherry Modern, Kontek, and Alphin Design+Build.

Tickets to the film are $9. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC  27511 (919-463-9989).

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses, the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March. For a complete list of upcoming films, to buy advance tickets, and to see a trailer of upcoming films, go to

All proceeds from ticket sales support North Carolina Modernist Houses’ mission of documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. For more information on the award-wining organization, visit