December Film Celebrates Frank Sinatra’s Architect

“The Nature of Modernism” explores the work

of E. Stewart Williams

The 1947 Sinatra house, designed by E. Stewart Willams

The 1947 Sinatra house, designed by E. Stewart Willams

The Nature of Modernism,” the December screening from the 2016-2017 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, explores the work of architect E. Stewart Williams, the prolific modernist who designed Frank Sinatra’s iconic house in Palm Beach. The film will be screened in The Hunt Library auditorium, NCSU Centennial Campus, Thursday, December 1, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“When Frank Sinatra walked into E. Stewart Williams’ newly established architectural office in May of 1947 he wanted a Georgian-style house built in the desert of Palm Springs. Williams tactfully convinced him of the benefits of modernism and Sinatra went for it. The two had no idea how far reaching and influential that decision would prove to be.” (Denver Art Museum on the film’s premiere there)

The film traces Williams’ family history and professional career from his early days designing Sinatra’s house, to later years producing civic structures, including the Crafton Hills College, Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Santa Fe Federal Savings, now the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.

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

The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh (27606). Free parking is available adjacent to the library. For directions, go to or call 919-515-7110.


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