Durham Engineers Club Welcomes “Mayberry Modernism”

Triangle Modernist Houses’ director George Smart will present his signature address.

July 5, 2012 (Durham, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses, will present “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” to a gathering of the Durham Engineer’s Club on Thursday, August 9, beginning at 7 p.m.

Triangle Modernist Houses is an award-winning non-profit organization that documents, preserves and promotes Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s surprisingly large collection of Modernist residences, 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 architects, in the nation.

Open to the public, the club meeting and presentation will be held at Croasdaile Country Club, 3800 Farm Gate Avenue, Durham (27705). Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The price includes a buffet dinner. Social hour is from 6 to 6:30 pm and there is a cash bar. Dinner is from 6:30 to about 7. The presentation will begin at 7 and last for about an hour with a question and answer period following it. To register go to: http://conta.cc/R4GLT7 or call 919-560-4326, ext. 30266.

Local engineers from Durham and the surrounding areas founded the Durham Engineer’s Club in 1944. Its mission is “to promote the general principles and policies of engineering and to share in the advancement of engineering projects of civil interest.”

A member of the North Carolina Society of Engineers and the Durham Chamber of Commerce, the DEC meets monthly, generally on the second Thursday of each month. For more information visit durhamengineersclub.com or contact Michael Hughes at Michael.hughes@durhamnc.gov.

For more information on “Mayberry Modernism” visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/presentations.