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“Mayberry Modernism” Comes To The Triangle

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George Smart presents his signature architecture talk five times in September.

George Smart, founder/director, Triangle Modernist Houses

August 18, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – After record attendance at design events in Winston-Salem, Wilmington, and Salisbury this spring, George Smart of Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) will give his signature talk, “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modern Legacy,” at five Triangle events in September, three of which are open to the public.

Smart’s presentation showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many in great shape but some endangered or even destroyed. Smart discovered what he calls the Triangle’s residential “works of art” through extensive research that led to the creation of the non-profit website Triangle Modernist Houses.com in 2007.  The site is now the largest archive of Modernist residential architecture in the nation.

“Most people, even many architects, are surprised by the numbers,” Smart says during “Mayberry Modernism,” pointing out that North Carolina has the third highest concentration of Modernist houses in the nation, bested only by Los Angeles and Chicago. “During the program, I discuss the history of the Modernist movement in North Carolina and show the audience award-winning houses from past and present.”

"I discuss the history of the Modernist movement in North Carolina and show the audience award-winning houses from past and present."

On September 13, Smart speaks at a private gathering at BJAC, one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte.

On September 14, he speaks at the Chapel Hill Rotary Club (members only).

On September 15 at noon, he will present Mayberry Modernism at the Raleigh Urban Design Center, 133 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  On September 16, he presents at Raleigh’s Pecha Kucha Night at 7 p.m. at Kings, 14 West Martin Street.  Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, September 23, Smart will speak twice during the afternoon session of Preservation North Carolina’s annual Conference at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham.

Smart’s talks are part of TMH’s “September to Remember” marking TMH’s third anniversary plus the upcoming TMH Modern 2010 Homes Tour in Raleigh on September 25.  The tour features eight exemplary Modernist houses, plus one iconic Modernist office building, to the public from 1-4:30 p.m. Ticket information and other details are available at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/2010.

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

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 www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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