TWC News: “supporters, opponents weigh in on modern home in historic district”

Supporters gather at the press conference announcing the NCMH Legal Defense Fund

Supporters gather at the press conference announcing the NCMH Legal Defense Fund

By Julie Fertig

RALEIGH– Folks on both sides weighed in Friday on the future of a modern home that’s under construction in an entirely historic neighborhood.

“Its stressful to build a house, its really stressful to build this house,” said Marsha Gordon who is building a home with her husband Louis Cherry. The house is 85% complete, but they do not know whether they’ll ever be able to move into the contemporary house in the Oakwood Historic District.

On Friday, members of North Carolina Modernist Houses gathered to support the couple during a press conference.

“Who among you wants to follow all the rules, sink their life savings into and have it stopped?” asked George Smart, chair of NCMH…

On Friday, leaders of NCMH launched a legal defense fund to provide resources and legal assistance to modern homes under threat across the state. NCMH plans to support the legal battle the couple with the contemporary home is facing. READ MORE…

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Raleigh modernist house supporters raise money, as opponents rally”

Architect Louis Cherry will be forced to stop construction on his controversial modernist home in the Oakwood neighborhood – five months after the city issued his building permit. Photo by Juli Leonard

Architect Louis Cherry will be forced to stop construction on his controversial modernist home in the Oakwood neighborhood – five months after the city issued his building permit. Photo by Juli Leonard

By Colin Campbell

 — An advocacy group for modernist houses launched a legal defense fund Friday for a controversial house in the Oakwood neighborhood, while opponents of the home made their case a few blocks away.

The bitter divisions in the historic Raleigh neighborhood were apparent Friday as both sides held front-yard news conferences an hour apart offering vastly differing views on architecture.

N.C. Modernist Houses chairman George Smart says his group will raise money to help Oakwood homeowners Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon with their legal bills, which Smart expects will run $20,000 to $30,000. The group will hold a fundraiser on April 13. READ MORE…

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/21/3721476/raleigh-modernist-house-supporters.html#storylink=cpy

 

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