Capital Area Preservation and NC Modernist Houses Co-Host “Mayberry Modernism”

NCMH’s George Smart will discuss North Carolina’s legacy of extraordinary Modernist houses, 224339_LcdpQI4KnjOcIPzFVlM82wquEsuch as the recently demolished Paschal House in Raleigh.

July 11, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Capital Area Preservation (CAP), Wake County’s non-profit historic preservation organization, along with North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses), will host “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” a presentation by NCMH director George Smart, on Wednesday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 East Peace Street in downtown Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public or $10 for architects who want continuing education credit.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many of which are in good shape but some of which are endangered or have been destroyed.

“CAP is delighted to partner with George Smart and NC Modernist Houses to bring this interesting and informative presentation to Raleigh,” said Gary Roth, CAP Executive Director. “Our commitment to preservation of the whole spectrum of Wake County’s historic architecture and George’s enthusiasm for the Modernist houses that are such a significant portion of that spectrum in Raleigh and Wake County is the perfect fit. Whether you are a Modernist house aficionado or if Modernist houses are totally new to you, I believe that you will enjoy and learn from George’s presentation.”

Founded in 1972, Capital Area Preservation is Wake County’s only countywide non-profit historic preservation organization. CAP’s mission is to advocate and invest in the preservation of historic resources as an essential element of Wake County’s growth. For more information, visit the CAP website at

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NCMH Archive Cited As Major Reference For Information On HHH

Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA

Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA

July 11, 2013 — We are pleased to announce that Guardian Stewardship Editions, which publishes books on art and architecture, has cited NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) as a primary resource for “a detailed timeline and images” of the late architect Harwell Hamilton Harris’s work.

The citing is in relation to a new, upcoming book by Ted Wells entitled Romantic Modern: The California Architecture of Harwell Hamilton Harris, which is due out in October of 2014. GS Editions has posted an excerpt from the book on its website at At the end of the excerpt is a link of resources for learning more about Harris. At the top of the list is the NCMH/TMH archive.

A celebrated Moderist master, Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA, was a Californian by birth and he practiced in his native state for many years. He and his wife, Jean, moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1962 where Harris would become a part of Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s School of Design faculty at NC State University. The Harrises remained here until their deaths.

We are honored to be recognized as a credible resource by GS Editions, and we look forward to the new book on Harwell Harris’ work in California.