Triangle Modernist Houses Presents “The Lake House” at Galaxy Cinema

The house built specifically for the film.

January 26, 2010 (CARY, NC) – For Valentine’s week, Triangle Modernist (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture present the romantic movie “The Lake House” (2006) on Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

“The Lake House” stars Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. It is the story of two people who communicate via the house’s unique time-traveling mailbox.

“But the real star,” according to TMH founder George Smart, “is the modern, glass and steel house designed by British architect/set designer Nathan Crowley.”

Crowley was hired for “The Lake House” in 2004, Smart notes on the TMH website at He wanted to build on a lake with nothing on it — no piers, no houses – but few of those locations exist.  Through negotiations with a nature preserve, he took the project from sketches to completion in just 10 weeks with a construction crew of nearly 100 people. As part of the agreement to with the nature preserve, the house was destroyed afterwards.

Although the all-glass house would be subject to strong winds, Crowley vetoed diagonal bracing that would obstruct camera angles.  Engineers McDonough Associates had to come up with “moment resisting frames” that minimized the kind of lateral movement that could crack the house’s all-glass walls, and the house won an Award of Merit from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

After filming, Sandra Bullock expressed regret that the 2000-square-foot glass house was not fully functional and available for her to move to another location. “I loved it,” she admitted. “I was so disappointed that I couldn’t keep it, move it, and at least use it as a guest house somewhere.”

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in "The Lake House"

The Nowells Architecture Movie Series will continue on March 18 with “Infinite Space,” a documentary on California architect John Lautner and “Visual Acoustics” on April 22. The latter film documents the life of Julius Shulman, arguably the most important architectural photographer of the 20th century, who worked with such icons as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.

Sponsors for “The Lake House” include the bar Foundation in downtown Raleigh, Blueplate PR, Frank Bowman Designs, and Tonic Design and Construction.

Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, across the street from Cary Towne Center ( All movies in the series start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $7.95 in advance or $9 at the door.

For more information on the Nowells Architecture Movies Series, to buy advance tickets, to sponsor a film, and to see trailers for each of the films, visit

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at TMH is also available on Facebook.

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