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 www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

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 www.lib.ncsu.edu/parking or call 919-515-7110.

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.”

The 2017 jury will also include:

  • Carl Abbott, FAIA, of Carl Abbott Architect, Sarasota FL
  • Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, of Fentress Architects, Denver CO
  • Robert Miller,FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle WA
  • Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles CA
  • Susan Saarinen, ASLA, of Saarinen Landscape Architecture, Golden CO
  • Harry Wolf, FAIA, of Wolf Architecture, Los Angeles CA

Founded by NCMH in 2012, the George Matsumoto Prize is named to honor the architect who designed many exemplary mid-century Modernist houses in North Carolina, and who serves as honorary jury chair each year. The Matsumoto Prize is a unique design competition featuring $6000 in cash awards and online public voting. It is the only design awards program in the state exclusively honoring Modernist residential architecture. Submissions will open in May 2017.

For more information, including submission guidelines, keep checking http://www.ncmodernist.org/matsumotoprize.htm. To see the 2017 jury and winning submissions, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2017.htm.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Port of Raleigh To Host NCMH’s Thirst4Architecture Networking Event August 25th

Inside Port of Raleigh

Inside Port of Raleigh

Introducing participants to one of downtown Raleigh’s newest retail stores.

On Thursday, August 25, from 6 to 8pm., Port of Raleigh, a new home and lifestyle store in downtown Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH) Thirst4Architecture networking event, co-sponsored by RED Collective real estate brokers.

Free and open to the public, the monthly Thirst4Architecture (T4A) events bring together hundreds of people who are passionate about Modernist architecture and design in a casual, relaxed environment. The host business provides food and beverages and often entertainment.

“We welcome Modernist homeowners, architects and artists, builders and contractors, materials vendors and furniture dealers, and anyone else with a passion for Modernist design,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart, whose non-profit organization is dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state.

For Port of Raleigh’s T4A event this month, owner Ana Maria Muñoz will celebrate her store’s launch of Flitch furniture, a line of custom-made modern cabinetry and furniture designed and manufactured in Raleigh in the North Carolina tradition of craftsmanship. T4A guests will also be able to wander among all of the shop’s “modern and timeless designs from far and near.”

Muñoz explains her inventory as “objects of use that elevate your everyday and make your home that much more fun to live, play, and grow in.”

Port of Raleigh is located at 416 South McDowell Street. For more information, visit www.portofraleigh.co

RED Collective is co-sponsoring all T4A events in the Triangle through December 2016.

For more information on this and other NCMH initiatives, visit www.ncmodernist.org.