Modernist Home Tour: NCMH Presents The Bridge House

Photos by Jed Gammon and Mark Herboth

Photos by Jed Gammon and Mark Herboth

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces a public tour of the McDaniels residence high above Crabtree Creek in Raleigh on Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The 2800-square-foot home is better known as the “Bridge House” in reference to the two dramatic bridges, one that leads above the sharply sloping site to the main entrance, and the other that cantilevers out towards Crabtree Creek.

BridgeHouse5Designed by Chad Parker and Brett Hautop formerly of Vernacular Studio (now Gensler), the house’s entry level includes the kitchen, dining, and living spaces; the master bedroom; and a large balcony that effectively extends the interior out into the surrounding treetops. Above this level is a studio and exercise loft. The lower level includes other bedrooms, a large family room, the laundry room, and an outdoor “sleeping porch.”

Of particular note: In the kitchen, counters at different heights and shapes accommodate multiple cooks and cooking activities. Also, the current owners are art collectors, so Parker and Hautop designed display niches and allowed for ample wall space to accommodate their collection.

When the Bridge House was a News & Observer House of the Month in August 2010, author Wendy Redfield, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, N.C. State University, wrote: “Rooms and spaces are generous in size, but it is the attention to detail, modulated light, careful combination of materials and responsiveness to the clients’ needs that make this house so successful.”

Built in 2008, the house is for sale for the first time.

Timed advance admission tickets are $7 per person. NCMH Mod Squad timed admission advance tickets are $1 per person. A limited number of VIP flextime tickets are available at $15 per person. To purchase tickets, for more important details on the tour, and to see more photographs of the house, go to  Proceeds benefit NCMH, a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.

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