Stitch Design and Development To Host “Mayberry Modernism”

North Carolina Modernist Houses’ founder presents signature talk on North Carolina’s Modernist legacy on May 1.

The 1940 RJ Reynolds residence, destroyed in 1978.

The 1940 RJ Reynolds residence, destroyed in 1978.

Stitch Design and Development will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH) founder and director George Smart as he presents “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in The Garage in the Downtown Arts District at 110 West 7th Street, Winston-Salem. The event is free and open to the public.

NCMH is an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina. “Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many of which are in great shape while others are currently endangered or have been destroyed.

Through “Mayberry Modernism,” Smart discusses the history of Modernist houses in North Carolina by showing multiple photographs of these houses from both the past and present, including all the Modernist houses that have won design awards from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“These houses are nothing less than livable sculpture,” said Smart. “And like all great sculpture, they produce strong feelings of inspiration, peace, relaxation, or connection to nature.  Unlike many building types, Modernist houses evoke our hopes and dreams and speak to our personal connection to the earth, either spiritually or simply through our choices of furniture, art, and design.”

Architect Ben Schwab of Stitch Design and Development expressed his reason for inviting Smart to present “Mayberry Modernism” in Winston-Salem:

“This is an incredibly interesting talk, even to those who have no idea what modernism is. I think attendees will be surprised at the prevalence of Modernist influences in the Triad and will leave with a better understanding of why it’s such an appealing approach to architecture.”

Anyone interested in attending the presentation should contact Schwab at

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