NC Modernist Houses Receives 2013 Award From Historic Charlotte

Recognizing NCMH contribution to the Queen City’s architectural heritage

October 31, 2013 (Durham, NC) – North Carolina Modernist houses (NCMH), the award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting  Modernist residential design, received one of Historic Charlotte’s 2013 Blast For The Past Awards.

NCMH was recognized for its extensive digital archive of Modernist houses in the Queen City.  NCMH founder andhistoric_charlotte director George Smart attended the 13th annual Blast For The Past Preservation Honors and Silent Auction event held in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte’s Center City district.

“NC Modernist Houses is an incredible achievement, and an essential site for anyone interested in the state’s modernist architecture,” said Historic Charlotte’s Executive Director Nicole McBeth. “It encourages people to learn about and protect mid-20th century developments in modern architecture.”

Historic Charlotte promotes the preservation of the city’s historic places by supporting and coordinating activities of history and heritage groups throughout the region. For more information visit

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“A Mad Men Evening” In Downtown Raleigh

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The City of Raleigh Museum will host a Vintage Party and Modernist architecture presentation on November 8.


October 22, 2013  (Raleigh, NC) — To celebrate the 1960’s “Mod” era as well as North Carolina’s extensive collection of mid-century Modernist houses, the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum and North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will co-host “A Mad Men Evening” at the museum in downtown Raleigh on Friday, November 8, from 7-9 p.m.

Open to the public, the vintage party will include food, drinks and music, as well as a special presentation by George Smart, founder and director of NCMH, the award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today.

For the few people who aren’t familiar with the name the museum chose for the party, “Mad Men” is an extremely popular period drama series on AMC, set in the 1960s. According to the show’s pilot, men in the advertising industry who worked on New York City’s Madison Avenue in the 1950s coined the term “mad men” to refer to themselves.

The evening’s hosts hope partygoers will fully embrace the spirit of “A Mad Men Evening” by coming dressed in circa 1960s fashion.

To spotlight the groundbreaking Modernist design style that brought forth major changes in residential architecture and urban development between 1933 and 1965, George Smart will present his popular address “Mayberry Modernism” during the evening. “Mayberry Modernism” explores the surprisingly prolific history of Modernist houses in Raleigh, many of which are now reaching the 50-year mark for historic designation. He also discusses the best of the new Modernist houses in the state.

“George’s talk, filled with visually stunning slides, brings to life this exciting architectural style that travelled here from LA and Chicago via the founding of the NC State School of Design in 1948,” said Ernest Dollar, COR Museum’s Executive Director. “As a result, Raleigh now has the largest inventory of Modernist houses outside of LA and Chicago.”

“The City of Raleigh Museum’s creativity with the Mad Men party is not to be missed,” Smart added. “Come join the fun and learn more about Raleigh’s wonderful Modernist houses past and present. There will be door prizes, too!”

“A Mad Men Evening” will take place in the COR Museum lobby at 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919-996-2220). Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the museum’s website at or by calling 919-996-2220.

About the City of Raleigh Museum:

COR Museum educates the public about North Carolina’s Capital City. Under management by the Historical Resources and Museums Program of the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to teaching those who visit about the past, present, and future of Raleigh. For more information:



MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Presents “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat”

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October 10, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – On Wednesday, November 6, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle will present “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat” at 7:30 p.m. at The Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh. Director Mike Dorsey of Los Angeles will Introduce the film and take questions afterwards.

In an interview earlier this year, Dorsey said, “The Oyler House is about the relationship between an architect and his client. In 1959, my step-grandfather, who was a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California…asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life.”

English designer and blogger Mark Robinson, who conducted the interview with Dorsey, wrote, “I’ve been lucky enough to watch the full film, and to any architecture or design fan you’ll definitely fall in love with the house, the setting, and the general storyline. It’s very heartwarming to hear how the place was built from scratch and to see the old archive films of it being used and lived in for its intended purpose. You won’t be disappointed!”

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Tickets to “The Oyler House” are $9 and are available at the NCMH ticket desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 (919.226.2012).

Additional movies series sponsors include the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, VMZINC, Kontek, Alison Steele of A + S Design, and Blueplate PR.

For more information on this and future films in the MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, go to

About NC Modernist Houses:

NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website www.ncmodern.orgis the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.