THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: “Midcentury modern look beloved in N.C. Triangle”

Jacquelyn Jordan's dog Ana relaxes in the living room of Jordan's 1951 modernist home in Raleigh, N.C.

Jacquelyn Jordan’s dog Ana relaxes in the living room of Jordan’s 1951 modernist home in Raleigh, N.C.

By Martha Waggoner, Associated Press

A 1950s two-bedroom home in a neighborhood just outside downtown might not seem special at first glance, but this North Carolina house has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a superb example of midcentury modern in a neighborhood known for the architectural style.

Jacquelyn Jordan, a school principal who bought the home in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, says she wasn’t that impressed when she saw the house from the outside in 1998. “But I went inside, and I just loved it. I loved the big rooms and the big windows. I walked into the backyard, and I really fell in love with it.”

Fans of modernist architecture estimate that North Carolina — particularly the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill — has the third-largest collection of modernist homes in the country after Los Angeles and New York’s Long Island.

George Smart, executive director of North Carolina Modernist Houses, bases the estimate on his research, which shows the Triangle area of North Carolina with 700 to 800 modernist homes. Statewide, he estimates North Carolina has 1,200 to 1,300 of the homes. READ MORE…

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