NCMH To Host Tour of the 1950 Rothstein House


mid-century house in Raleigh

Open to the public for the first time since 1981.


March 14, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) – On Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, the 1959 Philip Rothstein House in Raleigh, designed by celebrated architect Milton Small, Jr., will be open to public touring for the first time since 1981.

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promotion Modernist residential design, this home tour will allow the public to experience one of Raleigh’s finest examples of a mid-century Modernist house, which is now for sale.

Philip Rothstein owned Southeastern Radio, so the house also exemplifies what was state-of-the-art technology in the 1960s. Designed by Small and Joseph Boaz and built by the locally accepted dean of Modernist construction, Frank Walser, the house is perfectly preserved and all fixtures are original.


The open kitchen in the Rothstein house.

The open kitchen in the Rothstein house.


Sited deep within the property on the crest of a hill at 912 Williamson Drive off St. Mary’s Street, the Philip Rothstein house won a design award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1962.  Its current owner, Marita Gilliam, purchased it in 1981. Gilliam and her husband added a porch in 2001 but, otherwise, maintained the original floor plan, materials, and fixtures.

 “Entering the Rothstein house is like taking a step back in time,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “You can clearly imagine what it was like to be in the house in the 1960s.”

 Timed admission tickets are $6.95 in advance for the general public. NCMH Mod Squad member tickets are $1 and are good anytime from 9-11:30 a.m.  Tickets will be $10 per person on the day of the tour if it hasn’t sold out.  Smart cautions NCMH tours sell out quickly. Proceeds benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects. To purchase advance tickets, go to

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  1. It was open to the public on a Preservation NC tour in 2006.

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