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

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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

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.

 

 

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 http://www.ncmodernist.org/bridge.htm.  Proceeds benefit NCMH, a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.

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