The NCMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “Fallingwater”

The screening will take place in the series’ new venue: the Raleigh Grande.

November 14, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series will continue on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of the 2011 documentary “Fallingwater:  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork with Reflections of Edgar Kaufmann Jr. “ at the Raleigh Grande in Raleigh.

Created by filmmaker Kenneth Love, the documentary celebrates the internationally renowned house that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Edgar Kaufman Sr. in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. The house is built partly over a waterfall in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains, hence its name.

Shortly after its completion, Time magazine declared Fallingwater Wright’s “most beautiful job.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture.” In 2007, Fallingwater was ranked 29th on the list of America’s Favorite Architecture, according to the AIA. And it is listed on the Smithsonian Institution’s Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die.”

The film features rare home movies, as well as an extensive interview with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. discussing why his family built the house and the events that led to Wright’s commission. His personal observations and anecdotes provide insight as he describes the special features of the house.

Sponsored by VMZINC, this special screening will be the first at the NCMH/Nowell’s Movie Series new location. The Galaxy Cinema in Cary, home of the series for the past three years, closed recently, so TMH director George Smart secured theater space at the Raleigh Grande , which is located at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh NC 27613, just off Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West (919-226-2012).

Individual admission is $9 per person per film, available at the door.  Mod Squad members are admitted free.  Proceeds benefit Triangle Modernist Houses’ ongoing mission of documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential architecture.

The next film in the series will be “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” on January 10, followed by “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” on February 7, both at the Raleigh Grande.

Sponsors for the entire movie series include Modern Home Auctions, GoRealty, The Kitchen Specialist, Carrington Electric, VMZINC, Lee Hansley Gallery, in situ studio, Maplewood Building, and Blueplate PR.

For advance tickets and to view a trailer of “Fallingwater,” go to


MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Opens With Double Feature

A special screening of “Futuro” and “People in Glass Houses” will be held October 2.


September 12, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) — The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series will begin Wednesday, October 2,with a double feature presenting “Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow” and “People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler.”

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, the movie series will screen architecture-related movies once a month from October through February 2014 at the Raleigh Grande.Futuro

“Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow” is a short film that journeys back in time to the “futuristic past” to investigate the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro house designed by architect Matti Suuronen. In 1965, Dr. Jaako Hiidenkary asked Suuronen to design a ski cabin. That commission turned into a round, prefabricated house with a distinctive “flying saucer” shape and airplane hatch entrance. The little house measured 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter.

Futoro’s story is “full of international color and drama,” the movie’s promotional material claims, “tracing the development of Suuronen’s ‘purely mathematical idea’ into a multipurpose commodity, which is eventually destroyed by time and public opinion.”

“People in Glass Houses,” sponsored by architect Dail Dixon, FAIA, explores architect Joseph Eichler’s departure from cookie-cutter suburban tracts of the postwar era to innovative, modern houses that, together, created communities built around common-use parks and pools. Eichler built nearly 11,000 of his single-family houses in California beginning in the 1940s. According to the Eichler, these houses “befuddled the traditional masses—emphasizing boldness, change, and optimism through indoor-outdoor living, walls of glass, atriums, and radiant-heat floors.”

In the film, three generations of the same family, all of whom own Eichler homes, talk about returning to a simpler time when kids played ball in cul-de-sacs at night. They also share resources for maintaining the integrity of the original glass-walled structures. 

The double feature begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and are available at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh (27613).

Additional movies series sponsors include the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, VMZINC, Kontek, and Alison Steele of A + S Design. For more information on these and future films in the series, go to