Wilmington Star News: “Modern-style houses make a comeback across nation – and in Wilmington”

By George Smart
Special to the StarNews
Friday, September 28, 2012

The John and Toni Cornelius House off Summer Rest Road near Wrightsville Beach was designed by local architect Scott Ogden. Modernist design is rare in any housing market but especially in the traditional South.

Modernist architecture came to America in the 1920s and blossomed in North Carolina in the early 1950s. Although the heyday lasted until the late 1960s, Modernist buildings, especially houses, continue to be built and are on the rise across the United States.

Modernist houses, those flat-roofed, unconventional homes you’ve remarked about while driving by, are actually an art form from the 1950s worth saving. Seeing these beautiful houses destroyed or deteriorating in the Triangle area, I started a website five years ago dedicated to preserving this unusual style. The website, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), has won seven historic preservation awards and gets up to 60,000 hits a month. The organization is a surprising success, despite the fact Modernist fans are vastly outnumbered in this state roughly 1,000:1. READ MORE…