NEWS & OBSERVER: “Modernist house draws crowd in Chapel Hill”

Dorothee Thielisch of Chapel Hill walks down a hallway during a tour Saturday of Modernist architect Arthur Cogswell’s home on North Elliott Road. (N&O photo)

Dorothee Thielisch of Chapel Hill walks down a hallway during a tour Saturday of Modernist architect Arthur Cogswell’s home on North Elliott Road. (N&O photo)

By Nash Dunn

Sitting poolside, in a corner of this mid-century Modernist courtyard, sisters Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin and Amanda Cogswell Kirk chuckle as they reminisce about their childhood home.

They remember their parents’ parties, where college professors pushed one another in the pool and wore swim floaties to bob up and down in the water. There were also massive slumber parties, some of which included up to 35 of the sisters’ friends.

The house, on the quiet North Elliott Road just north of downtown Chapel Hill, was also known for its annual pool cleanup days. “On the first hot weekend in May, our dad would drain the pool and you had a bunch of 8-year-old girls in bikinis with scrub brushes,” Baskin said. READ MORE…

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