NEWS & OBSERVER: “Help Save Raleigh’s Lustron House”

The Raleigh Historic Development Commission is hosting an awareness and fundraising event at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to try to preserve a local Lustron house.(Photo by Sally Keeney)

The Raleigh Historic Development Commission is hosting an awareness and fundraising event at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to try to preserve a local Lustron house.(Photo by Sally Keeney)

By Andrea Weigl

The Raleigh Historic Development Commission is hosting an event at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to try to preserve a local Lustron house.

The event includes a screening of the film, “Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For,” followed by a panel discussion. Among the speakers: George Smart of NC Modernist Houses, Lustron homeowner Deborah Chay, and Virginia Faust, a realtor and Lustron specialist. The moderator will be Dan Becker. READ MORE…

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Raleigh’s last mail-order house might find new life”

A promotional photo showing a Lustron home living room. Courtesy of KDN Films

A promotional photo showing a Lustron home living room. Courtesy of KDN Films

By Chris Cioffi

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Dwell Home showed how to do modern modular”

The Dwell Home goes up for auction in Chatham County on Tuesday. AuctionFirst Inc.

The Dwell Home goes up for auction in Chatham County on Tuesday. AuctionFirst Inc.

AECCafe: “NCMH Secures All-Star Jury for 2017 Matsumoto Prize”

A unique awards program honoring Modernist residential design, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses.

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger joins the 2017 jury.

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger joins the 2017 jury.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces the blue-ribbon jury for the 2017  George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture.

Among the seven jurors, representing internationally known architects, critics, and designers, is Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic  Paul Goldberger. From 1997 through 2011, Goldberger was The New Yorker’s architecture critic. Today he is Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, for whom he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Cherry-Gordon house in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood. In the article  “Is This House Too Modern To Exist?” he praised the Cherry-Gordon house and called NCMH “a wonderful preservation organization.” READ MORE…

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

NEWS & OBSERVER HOME & GARDEN: “The 2016 winners in the annual George Matsumoto Prize modernist house contest”

ARCHITECT magazine: “The Winners of This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

North Carolina Modernist Houses announced six residential designs in two categories selected by a jury and online voters that continue the Modernist architect’s legacy.

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Six residences across North Carolina have been named as winners in this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Held by the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit North Carolina Modernist Houses, the annual program celebrates residential designs that hearken back to the work of modernist architect George Matsumoto, FAIA. The six projects are divvied up between two categories: the Jury Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

The jury, which comprised Ray Kappe, FAIA, founder of Kappe Architects, in San Rafael, Calif.; Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects, in London; Joshua Prince-Ramus, AIA, principal of REX, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Harry Wolf, AIA, of Wolf Architecture, in West Hollywood, Calif.; Miami Beach, Fla.-based designer Charles McMurray; and English production designer Nathan Crowley chose three sites as the competition’s first-, second-, and third-prize winners…READ MORE

ARCHITECT magazine: “The Shortlist for This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

"Katamochi" by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

“Katamochi” by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

The annual program hosted by Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization, North Carolina Modernist Houses, selected 16 sites for its shortlist honoring modernist residential architect George Matsumoto.

 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has selected a shortlist of 16 submissions for this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Recognizing modernist residences across the U.S. South, the Matsumoto Prize projects must be located within the region to be eligible. However, designers and architects can be located outside of it. This program is one of many conducted by NCMH, the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization founded by 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award winner George Smart (now NCMH’s executive director) that documents, preserves, and promotes modernist architecture across the country.

This year’s projects are all located in N.C., and range from deconstructivist mountain homes, to cantilevered, single-family residences in the suburbs, to spacious coastal dwellings. READ MORE…

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Public voting open for NC Modernist house design contest”

Corbett residence in Bahama by in situ studio and Aiello Builders, Inc. Courtesy of NC Modernist Houses (Photo by Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

Corbett residence in Bahama by in situ studio and Aiello Builders, Inc.  (Photo by Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

By Andrea Weigl

Public online voting for the 2016 George Matsumoto Prize, awarded for excellence in N.C. modernist residential design, is now open.

The public will help determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone may vote by email (one time per email address) for his or her favorite entry until 5 p.m. June 29. Winners receive cash prizes from a pool of $6,000.

“These entries inspire people dreaming of a modernist house to know modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said N.C. Modernist Houses executive director George Smart, whose organization organizes the awards. READ MORE..

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