AIA Eastern To Host “Mayberry Modernism: NC’s Modernist Legacy”

Triangle Modernist Houses’ George Smart to speak in New Bern.

May 17, 2012 (New Bern, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder and director George Smart will present his popular talk “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” to the Eastern NC section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Eastern) on Tuesday, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will take place in the Chance-Kemp Orientation Theatre at the Tryon Palace History Center in New Bern.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s surprisingly large collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today. “Most people, even architects, are surprised that North Carolina has the third largest number of Modernist houses in America,” Smart says.

Smart’s discovery of the Triangle’s large number of “livable works of art” in 2007 led him to start, now the largest single archive of Modernist residential architecture and architects in the nation.

Since 2010, George Smart has taken “Mayberry Modernism” on the road to over 25 AIA NC sections, preservation organizations, realtors associations, and other groups across the state.

The AIA Eastern Section is composed of AIA members spanning eastern North Carolina from Rockingham to Kitty Hawk. The section includes 65 architects, 17 associate members, and 20 emeritus members.

A representative of Andersen Windows will make a presentation prior to Smart’s talk.

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