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 Presents “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat”

With special guest, director Mike Dorseyoylermovie-1


October 10, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – On Wednesday, November 6, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle will present “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat” at 7:30 p.m. at The Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh. Director Mike Dorsey of Los Angeles will Introduce the film and take questions afterwards.

In an interview earlier this year, Dorsey said, “The Oyler House is about the relationship between an architect and his client. In 1959, my step-grandfather, who was a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California…asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life.”

English designer and blogger Mark Robinson, who conducted the interview with Dorsey, wrote, “I’ve been lucky enough to watch the full film, and to any architecture or design fan you’ll definitely fall in love with the house, the setting, and the general storyline. It’s very heartwarming to hear how the place was built from scratch and to see the old archive films of it being used and lived in for its intended purpose. You won’t be disappointed!”

Oyler1The documentary features interviews with Richard F. Oyler, the original owner of the house; Neutra’s sons Raymond and Dion; and the house’s current owner, actress Kelly Lynch. Through these interviews, the film provides insight into Neutra’s remarkably visionary mind.

Tickets to “The Oyler House” are $9 and are available at the NCMH ticket desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 (919.226.2012).

Additional movies series sponsors include the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, VMZINC, Kontek, Alison Steele of A + S Design, and Blueplate PR.

For more information on this and future films in the MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, go to

About NC Modernist Houses:

NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website www.ncmodern.orgis the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. 

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



NC Modernist Houses Announces 2013-2014 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series

Five films over five months spotlighting people, places, and trends in architecture.PeopleInGlassHouses


August 6, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) announces its 2013-2014 MODTriangleArchitecture Movie Series. Naming sponsor MODTriangle is a Raleigh real estate agency led by Sarah Sonke that specializes in Modernist houses and auctions.

Starting in October and running one Wednesday each month through February at the Raleigh Grande, the season’s schedule is:


·       October 2 – Double feature:  “Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow,” about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro house, a Space Age utopia; and “People In Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler.”


·       November 6 – “The Oyler House” (2013). Filmmaker Mike Dorsey will be on hand to introduce his documentary about a house designed by the late Modernist architect Richard Neutra.


·       December 11 – “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe,” an in-depth look at this architect-as-artist and what he tried to do for American architecture.


·       January 8 – “If You Build It” (2013), a documentary that follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller in poor, rural Bertie County, North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives.


·       February 5 – “Lioness Among Lions: The Architect Zaha Hadid,” a film that explores the life and controversial work of this world-famous English-Iraqi architect and 2004 Pritzker Prize winner.


Trailers and more information on each film are available at

Other series sponsors include VMZINC®; Alison Steele of A+S Design; architect Dail Dixon, FAIA; Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR; Lee Hansley Gallery; Frank Konhaus and KONTEK; and MdM Historical Consultants.

The Raleigh Grande is located at 4840 Grove Barton Road, off Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West in Raleigh. All movies start at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $9 per person per film at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the theatre. Members of the Mod Squad are free.  Proceeds benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

Triangle Modernist Houses Presents “Eames: The Architect and The Painter”

A documentary film on designers Charles and Ray Eames ends the 4th annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series.

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames

January 23, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) will conclude its 4th Annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series with a special screening of “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Grande cinema in Raleigh.

Charles Eames and his wife and partner, Ray, are widely regarded as two of America’s most important designers. They are perhaps best remembered for their mid-century modern plywood and fiberglass furniture, yet their Venice, California-based firm created an astonishing variety of other products, from splints for wounded soldiers during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films, and toys.

Their personal lives and their influence on significant events in American life have been less widely understood – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age.  In its review of the documentary, the New York Times suggested that Charles and Ray Eames’ approach to product design and the presentation of information “was in its way as influential as [Apple founder Steve] Jobs’…[and] left traces in nearly every aspect of contemporary life.”

Created by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey and narrated by James Franco, “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” is the first film since the Eames’ deaths dedicated to their creative geniuses and work. To view a trailer, go to

Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh is sponsoring this special screening. Modern Home Auction, Go Realty, The Kitchen Specialist, and Carrington Electric LLC, and VMZinc, as well as Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, have sponsoring the entire series.

Individual admission is $9 per person per film, available at the door. Mod Squad members are admitted free. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs for modernist residential architecture from the 1950s to today. To order advance tickets, go to

The Raleigh Grande is located at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh NC 27613, just off Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West (919-226-2012).

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

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