WASHINGTON POST, MODESTO BEE: “Modern home divides historic Southern neighborhood”

By Allen Breed, The Associated Press 

Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry in front of their new home. AP Photo

Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry in front of their new home. AP Photo

RALEIGH, N.C. — Architect Louis Cherry sees the two-story structure — with its exposed beams, masonry piers, deep overhangs and shallow-pitched roof — as a “contemporary interpretation” of the Craftsman-style homes that dot the city’s Historic Oakwood District.

But to some of Cherry’s neighbors, the cypress-sided house at 516 Euclid Street is just Frank Lloyd Wrong. And nearly six months into construction, with the home roughly 85 percent finished, Cherry and wife Marsha Gordon face the real possibility that they might have to tear down their dream house.

“It was very much our intention to design and build a house that people would really like and accept,” Cherry said on a recent overcast morning as he and Gordon stood in the shell of what they hope will be their master bedroom…

 

… On Friday, the group North Carolina Modernist Houses held a news conference at the home to denounce “this miscarriage of justice and fairness,” and to discuss a fund to help fight it. READ MORE…

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