NEWS & OBSERVER: “Raleigh architecture fans work to save Glenwood Avenue Modernist office building”

A modernist office building designed by Milton Small at 3515 Glenwood Avenue recently housed Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, but it faces demolition if a new tenant isn't found soon. (Photo by Corey Lowenstein)

A modernist office building designed by Milton Small at 3515 Glenwood Avenue recently housed Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, but it faces demolition if a new tenant isn’t found soon. (Photo by Corey Lowenstein)

By Colin Campbell

 — With its wraparound porch and ceiling-high windows, the former Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic building stands out amid the hulking brick office parks that dot Glenwood Avenue just inside the Beltline.

But within months, the 52-year-old building designed by Raleigh architect G. Milton Small could face the wrecking ball. Since the orthopedic practice moved out last summer, owner John Lyon Jr. hasn’t found a new tenant, and he has filed plans for a new building twice as large to capitalize on the prime location near Crabtree Valley Mall.

The group N.C. Modernist Houses launched a campaign this week to save the structure that The New York Times cited for its “taste and good design” in a 1965 review of small office buildings around the country.

“Its floor-to-ceiling windows all around and wide porch – you just don’t see that anymore,” said the group’s director, George Smart. “It matches that modernist ethic of bringing the outside in.” READ MORE…

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/25/3811387/raleigh-architecture-fans-work.html#storylink=cpy

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