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.

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.

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.

MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series Moves To Hunt Library, Opens October 1

NC Modernist HousesThis year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, starts this Thursday, October 1, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a special screening of the 2014 documentary “The Competition.”

“The Competition” is a raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, including Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, struggling to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra, a tiny nation between France and Spain. Called “mud wrestling with architects, this is the first competition to be documented, producing an unclassifiable film that turns into an intense thriller.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.*

The series line-up includes:

  • Small Houses Double Feature:“Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For” and “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” on Thursday, November 5.
  • *Downtown Special Event:“Modern Ruin,” the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion at the World’s Fair, on Saturday, November 14, at Kings Barcade, 14 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.
  • Holiday Starchitecture Double Feature:“Xmas Meier” and “Gehry’s Vertigo” on Thursday December 3.
  • “Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” on Thursday, January 7
  • Double Feature:“Archiculture” and an animated short feature “Me and My Moulton” on Thursday, February 4.

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 get in free. NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off tickets with their Friends of the Library Card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.  For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “Koolhaas HouseLife”

Maison a Bordeaux

The third of four architecture films hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses.com

 

February 1, 2011 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. The series continues this month with a special screening of Koolhaas HouseLife, featuring architect Rem Koolhaas’ 1998 Maison a Bordeaux (House in Bordeaux), on Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

 

Koolhaas HouseLife examines daily life inside a masterpiece of modern architecture. Unlike most architecture films, however, this one focuses less on explaining the house and more on letting the viewer experience what Time Magazine named “the best design of 1998” through the eyes of the woman who has to clean it, housekeeper Guadelupe Acedo.

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Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Continues with “Sketches of Frank Gehry”

The second in a series of four films hosted by Triangle Modernist  Houses.com

 

January 3, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, continues with a special screening of “Sketches of Frank Gehry” directed by Sydney Pollack on Thursday, January 13, 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

 

Presented by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses, “Sketches of Frank Gehry” was Pollack’s first feature-length documentary. Through film, digital video, and deliberate informality, he explores the life, work, and work process of his long-time friend, the brilliant and sometimes controversial Los Angeles architect dubbed “the most important architect of our age” by Vanity Fair.

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