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.

Preservation Greensboro Inc. To Host “Mayberry Modernism”

 

George Smart

George Smart

Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder will present his signature talk on North Carolina’s Modernist legacy.

February 4, 2013 (Greensboro, NC) —Preservation Greensboro, Inc. and Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder and director George Smart will present “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the Elon School of Law building at 201 North Greene Street, room 207. The event is free and open to the public and seating is limited.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many in great shape but some endangered or even destroyed. In 2007, Smart discovered that many of the state’s “livable works of art” are endangered or have already been destroyed.

“Most people, even architects, are surprised by the number of Modernist houses in the state,” Smart said. “ ‘Mayberry Modernism’ discusses the history of Modernist houses in North Carolina and showcases multiple photographs of these terrific houses — from both the past and the present.”

Benjamin Briggs, executive director for Preservation Greensboro, Inc., expressed his interest in partnering with TMH for this presentation:

“There is a growing awareness and appreciation of Modern architecture in Greensboro, especially among young people. Whether it is our Walter Gropius-designed factory, Edward Jenkins’ gymnasium at Dudley High School, or Eduardo Catalano’s Government Center – people are interested to learn more about this period of history that is so important to our city as a whole.”

Founded in 1966, Preservation Greensboro, Inc. (PGI) is Greensboro’s only citywide nonprofit membership organization that encourages the conservation of Greensboro’s architectural history by preserving or helping to preserve such sites as Blandwood Mansion, the Troy-Bumpass House, Dudley High School, Blue Bell Manufacturing Company, Lindley Park, and the UNCG Chancellor’s House. For more information, visit www.preservationgreensboro.org.

Since its start-up in 2007, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) has become the largest archive of Modernist residential architecture in the nation. The award winning non-profit continues to facilitate public discovery of the state’s architectural legacy through its website, awww.trianglemodernisthouses.com, through multiple and single house tours, through trips in and outside the state, and other events. TMH also actively works to preserve Modernist houses by maintaining free, exclusive For Sale listing on the nonprofit’s website.

For more information on “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy,” go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/presentations.htm.

About Preservation Greensboro Inc.:

PGI is a dynamic and resourceful organization that contributes a key role in the growth of Greensboro’s economy. With such diverse initiatives as Architectural Salvage of Greensboro, the Blandwood Museum, the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, informative meetings, seminars, and special events, Preservation Greensboro is a constant voice within the community for revitalization efforts, improved quality of life, and conservation of historic resources for future generations. For more information: www.preservationgreensboro.org. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Preservation-Greensboro.