“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 www.raleighcitymuseum.org 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: www.raleighcitymuseum.org.




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