November Film Celebrates Groundbreaking Architect Donald Wexler

wexler-cover-low-resThe first feature-length film on the steel and prefab construction pioneer.

 The 2016-2017 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, continues its tribute to Palm Springs, California, on Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. with the documentary “Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler” directed by Jake Gorst.

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for such clients as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company, and Walt Disney World Resort.

Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.

“This is the first feature-length film celebrating Don’t amazing career,” said Gorst.

Each fall, the award-winning non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) launches its annual movie series of hard-to-find architecture-related films. NCMH screens the films once a month through the following February.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID are admitted free of charge. NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off the ticket price with a “Friends of the Library” card.

MoHoRealty — specializing in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill — sponsors the entire series along with VMZinc, Hill Country Wood Works, and The Kitchen Specialist. For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library. For directions, go to www.lib.ncsu.edu/parking.

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TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: “Original ‘Dwell House’ in Pittsboro going up for auction”

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By Amanda Hoyle

The storied Modernist-style house that was co-commissioned by the editors of Dwell Magazine and an early dot-com entrepreneur in 2004 on a rural, wooded road outside of Pittsboro is being put up for auction to the highest bidder.

The so-called “Dwell House” located off of Hanks Chapel Road in eastern Chatham County was a bit of a novelty when it was built, primarily because its design was the result of a contest among architecture firms nationally and the fact that each of its modules were prefabricated – a construction method that is still a bit of a novelty for high-end homes more than a decade later.

…The nonprofit North Carolina Modernist Houses of Raleigh is also hosting a public tour of the Dwell House on Oct. 29 and selling tickets for the tour for $10. READ MORE

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Upcoming events for modernist architecture fans”

North Carolina Modernist Houses is offering a tour from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 of what is known as the “Dwell House” in Pittsboro. Courtesy of NC Modernist Houses.

North Carolina Modernist Houses is offering a tour from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 of what is known as the “Dwell House” in Pittsboro. Courtesy of NC Modernist Houses.

By Andrea Weigl, Oct. 5, 2016

…North Carolina Modernist Houses is offering a tour from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 of what is known as the “Dwell House” in Pittsboro.

The house is slated to be auctioned off in November, like James Taylor’s childhood home was auctioned this summer. N.C. Modernist Houses organized tours of the James Taylor house as a fundraiser before the auction; it was so successful that they are doing that again with this house, which has been described as “the most high-profile modern prefab house in America.”

dwell-house-2Dwell is an American magazine devoted to modern architecture and design. In 2003, the magazine’s editors partnered with the original homeowners to initiate the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a 21st century version of the Case Study Houses program. The designs submitted had to be pre-fabricated with sections no wider than 16 feet so that they could be moved by truck to the site on the top of a small mountain in Pittsboro.

Tickets for the tour are $10. Entrance is on a timed basis. Tickets are available at ncmodernist.org/pittsboro.htm. Participants will take a free shuttle to and from the house.

North Carolina Modernist Houses is a non-profit dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting modernist residential design across North Carolina. Info: ncmodernist.org

The Raleigh Architecture Co. To Host October’s “Thirst4Architecture” at Trophy Brewing Co.

Trophy Brewing Co  on Maywood (Photo by Joe Bruno)

Trophy Brewing Co on Maywood (Photo by Joe Bruno)

The Raleigh Architecture Co. (RACo) will host this month’s  “Thirst4Architecture” (T4A) networking event, along with North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), on Thursday, October 20, from 6-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held at one of RACo’s commercial projects, Trophy Brewing Co., 656 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Following the success of its first location on W. Morgan Street – which RACo also designed – Trophy Brewing opened this location in 2015 to feature a spacious taproom attached to a 20-barrell-production facility.

NCMH’s T4A events offer those interested in Modernist residential design the opportunity to connect and converse in a casual environment.

As the hosts for the evening, RACo principals Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins will provide food and beverages. They will also welcome special guest Lester Levine, the author of the new book 911 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Memorial Design Competitionwho will sign copies of the book.

 
Levine spent nearly seven months as the only person to ever review all 5201 entries in the 2003 World Trade Center Memorial Design Competition, identifying designs that challenged traditional ideas of a public memorial. After four years of seeking out and interviewing the creators of the design, Levin’s book tells the story of the evolving concept of an American memorial.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Co., go to www.raleigh-architecture.com.

T4A’s in the Triangle are sponsored through December 2016 by the RED Collective. For more information on NCMH and future Thirst4Architecture dates and locations, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

2016-2017 MoHo Architecture Movie Series Opens with “Desert Utopia”

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The 2016-2017 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, begins on Thursday, October 13, in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with a series-long tribute to Palm Springs — California’s desert resort city known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and spas, and its many fine examples of midcentury modern architecture.

The first film in the series is “Desert Utopia,” which traces the origins of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs from the first bold forays into modernist design to the preservation challenges facing the region today. Director Jake Gorst takes viewers into landmark structures by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody, and William Krisel, and offers never-before-seen archival footage of the architects and the structures’ construction. The film also includes interview with historians, homeowners, and the architects who helped create this mecca of modernism.

According to Modernica.net, “Desert Utopia” is a “must-see flick.”

Each fall, the award-winning non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) launches its annual winter movie series of hard-to-find architecture-related films.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID are admitted free of charge. NCSU Friends of the Library and OLLI members receive 10 percent off the ticket price with their group ID card.

MoHoRealty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and sponsors the series. Other sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works. For more information, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library. For parking and directions, go to www.lib.ncsu.edu/parking.

Original Dwell House in Pittsboro To Open For Public Tour Before Auction

Entrance to the original, prefab "Dwell House" in Pittsboro.

Entrance to the original, prefab “Dwell House” in Pittsboro.

October 5, 2016 (Pittsboro, NC) — Following the success of James Taylor’s childhood home auction this past July, the original “Dwell” House in Pittsboro – so named for its connection to Dwell magazine — will be sold by auction in November. And as with the Taylor house, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will sponsor a one-day tour on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NCMH is a non-profit preservation organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across North Carolina.

Dwell is an American magazine devoted to modern architecture and design. In 2003, Dwell’s editors partnered with the original homeowners to initiate the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a 21st century version of the Case Study Houses program. The designs submitted had to be pre-fabricated with sections no wider than 16 feet so that they could be moved by truck to the site on the top of a small mountain in Pittsboro, NC.  Resolution 4: Architecture in New York City designed the winning submission.

Module assembly began in April 2004 at Carolina Building Systems in Salisbury, NC. That July, over 2000 people braved the heat and the mountain climb to attend the first open house. Since then, the media, designers, and design enthusiasts have heaped praise on the original Dwell House, including the Washington Post, who dubbed it “the most high-profile modern prefab house in America.”

Tickets for the tour are $10. Entrance is on a timed basis. Timed entry tickets are available at www.ncmodernist.org/pittsboro.htm.  Participants will take a free shuttle to and from the house.  To provide vehicle and pedestrian safety, no walking will be permitted up the long driveway to the house.

For more information on the tour, contact Executive Director George Smart: george@ncmodernist.org; 919-740-8407.

For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.