Chatham Community Library To Host “Mayberry Modernism”

Triangle Modernist Houses’ George Smart will discuss the state’s Modernist legacy.

April 30, 2012 (Pittsboro, 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 Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro, NC, on Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’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 Today, the TMH website is the largest single archive of Modernist residential architecture and architects, in the nation.

According to Jennifer Gillis, branch manager of the Chatham Community Library, architecture is a subject of interest in Chatham County. “Especially with regard to ‘green’ construction,” she said. “Our library, which was designed by [architect] Louis Cherry, serves not only as a public library, but also as the library for Central Carolina Community College, which has a strong program in sustainability.

“One of the aspects of Modernist architecture that should resonate with people at this time is its emphasis on practicality and economy of space,” she continued. “Because of the rural nature of the area, these homes are hidden gems—for example, a Lustron home that is in walking distance from our library. I think people will be surprised to hear how many modernist homes are located in Chatham and Lee counties.”

The Chatham County Library is located at 197 NC Hwy 87 North, Pittsboro NC 27312 (919-545-8084). For directions and more information about the library, go to

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

Triangle Modernist Houses Presents “Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks”

The 1938 Goodyear House designed by Edward Durell Stone. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger called it “one of the most important houses built in the United States between the two world wars.”

A nine-day international architecture exhibit at the new AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design

April 24, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design, will present “Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks,” an international exhibit, from June 1-9 in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in downtown Raleigh.

“Modernism at Risk” features a large-format photographic gallery of destroyed or endangered Modernist buildings by internationally renowned photographer Andrew Moore.  The exhibit has traveled the world including the Art Institute of Tampa, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, The AIA New York Center for Architecture, Lund University in Sweden, the University of Florida-Gainesville, the University of Montreal, and the University of Michigan’s Taubman School of Architecture.

A project of the World Monuments Fund, “Modernism at Risk” presents five case studies exploring the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks. These include buildings by architectural luminaries Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Eduardo Catalano, Paul Rudolph, Charles Gwathmey, Edward Durell Stone, and Warren Platner. The exhibit’s goal is to persuade the public that Modern buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable.

“The demise of Modern buildings is a local issue,” said TMH founder and board chair George Smart. “Starting with the destruction of Raleigh’s Catalano House in 2001, we have lost many ‘livable works of art.’ In addition to the photographs, the exhibit will include rare models and a ongoing video loop of award-winning houses in North Carolina. People can learn about great NC houses still standing, which ones are endangered, and how we can work to preserve them.”

Modernist architecture firms and product vendors in the Triangle area are sponsoring each day of the exhibit. They will share samples of their own work and be on hand to speak with tour-goers. These sponsors are: Frank Harmon, FAIA, of Frank Harmon Architect PA; Vinny Petrarca of Tonic Design + Construction; Phil Szostak, FAIA, of Szostak Design/Build; Steve Schuster, FAIA, of Clearscapes Architecture; Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA, of Kenneth Hobgood Architects; Matthew Griffith, AIA, and Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, of In Situ Studio; Will Alphin of Alphin Design Build; Jerry Nowell of Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture; and Dan Nicely, Assoc. AIA, of VMZINC.

Tickets to the exhibit are: Opening night, June 1, $6.95 in advance, $10 at the door; June 2-9, $3.95 advance, $5 at the door. AIA North Carolina members are admitted free.  For more information and tickets, visit Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.

The new AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design is located at 14 East Peace Street directly across from Peace College. For more information, contact George Smart at 919-740-8407.

About the World Monument Fund:

Founded in 1965, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a private international historic preservation organization based in New York City. For nearly 50 years, WMF has worked to save and preserve endangered historic sites in all areas of the world. The “Modernism at Risk” exhibit is underwritten nationally through a generous gift from Knoll. For more information:

NCMH’s Thirst4Architecture Opens at the Contemporary Art Museum

Kick-off networking happy hour includes food, music, games and exhibition.

April 10, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-wining non-profit organization dedicated documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design, will kick off its 2012 Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour networking events this month on Thursday, April 26, from 6-8:30 pm. at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh.

This season’s first T4A takes place concurrent with CAM’s exhibition, “Born Digital.” Along with catering from Moe’s, T4A will offer a cash bar and entertainment by “Eyes Go Lightning,” an all-architect band.

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, one of the evening’s sponsors, will stage a game of “Musical Modernist Chairs” with designer chairs from the 1960’s through today.

NCMH’s informal happy hours are open to the public.

“We welcome 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,” says NCMH founder and board chair George Smart. “T4A focuses on building relationships, generating passion about good design, creating strategic alliances, and connecting people to each other. There are no presentations or PowerPoint slides. Come join the fun and make new friends and contacts!”

Admission to the April 26 T4A, which is also sponsored by Modern Home, is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited to the first 225 people who show up.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit For more information on this and future T4A events, visit