Preservation Greensboro Inc. To Host “Mayberry Modernism”

 

George Smart

George Smart

Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder will present his signature talk on North Carolina’s Modernist legacy.

February 4, 2013 (Greensboro, NC) —Preservation Greensboro, Inc. and Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder and director George Smart will present “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the Elon School of Law building at 201 North Greene Street, room 207. The event is free and open to the public and seating is limited.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many in great shape but some endangered or even destroyed. In 2007, Smart discovered that many of the state’s “livable works of art” are endangered or have already been destroyed.

“Most people, even architects, are surprised by the number of Modernist houses in the state,” Smart said. “ ‘Mayberry Modernism’ discusses the history of Modernist houses in North Carolina and showcases multiple photographs of these terrific houses — from both the past and the present.”

Benjamin Briggs, executive director for Preservation Greensboro, Inc., expressed his interest in partnering with TMH for this presentation:

“There is a growing awareness and appreciation of Modern architecture in Greensboro, especially among young people. Whether it is our Walter Gropius-designed factory, Edward Jenkins’ gymnasium at Dudley High School, or Eduardo Catalano’s Government Center – people are interested to learn more about this period of history that is so important to our city as a whole.”

Founded in 1966, Preservation Greensboro, Inc. (PGI) is Greensboro’s only citywide nonprofit membership organization that encourages the conservation of Greensboro’s architectural history by preserving or helping to preserve such sites as Blandwood Mansion, the Troy-Bumpass House, Dudley High School, Blue Bell Manufacturing Company, Lindley Park, and the UNCG Chancellor’s House. For more information, visit www.preservationgreensboro.org.

Since its start-up in 2007, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) has become the largest archive of Modernist residential architecture in the nation. The award winning non-profit continues to facilitate public discovery of the state’s architectural legacy through its website, awww.trianglemodernisthouses.com, through multiple and single house tours, through trips in and outside the state, and other events. TMH also actively works to preserve Modernist houses by maintaining free, exclusive For Sale listing on the nonprofit’s website.

For more information on “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/presentations.htm.

About Preservation Greensboro Inc.:

PGI is a dynamic and resourceful organization that contributes a key role in the growth of Greensboro’s economy. With such diverse initiatives as Architectural Salvage of Greensboro, the Blandwood Museum, the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, informative meetings, seminars, and special events, Preservation Greensboro is a constant voice within the community for revitalization efforts, improved quality of life, and conservation of historic resources for future generations. For more information: www.preservationgreensboro.org. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Preservation-Greensboro.

 

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