George Smart To Present “Mayberry Modernism” in Wilmington

George Smart, founder/director, Triangle Modernist

April 20, 2010 (WILMINGTON, NC) –  George Smart, founder of Triangle Modernist, likes to say that the vast collection of modernist houses in the Triangle area is one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets. That secret is rapidly becoming not-so-secret, however, as he continues his series of speaking engagements across the state.

On Monday, May 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Smart will present “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modern Legacy” in the Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th Street, in Wilmington, NC. sponsored by the Wilmington section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Wilmington).

In 2007, Smart began researching and archiving modernist houses (mid-century to present). According to his research, North Carolina is home to more modernist houses than anywhere else in the country except California and Illinois.

His presentation showcases the state’s modernist gems, many of which are still in excellent condition while others are endangered or destroyed.

“Most people, even many architects, are surprised by the numbers,” Smart said.  “I’ll discuss the history of modernist houses in North Carolina and show the audience terrific houses from both the past and the present.”

The Wilmington event, which is open to the public, will begin with a social/cocktail segment from 6-6:30 p.m.. Smart’s lecture, including a PowerPoint presentation, will begin promptly at 6:30. AIA and Cameron Art Museum members will be admitted free. Tickets for non-members are $8.

When Smart recently presented “Mayberry Modernism” to AIA Winston Salem, the organizers reported that it was their “most well attended [meeting] ever.”

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, and to see its growing archive of modernist houses and their architects, 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 also has an active community on Facebook.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s