Triangle Modernist Houses Announces Spring Homes Tour

Featuring four unique Modernist houses in Durham’s Hope

The Patel House is one of four modernist homes on the spring tour.

Valley neighborhood.

February 20, 2012 (Durham, NC) — The 29th Triangle Modernist Houses tour of modern homes will be held Saturday April 14, 1-4 p.m., in the Hope Valley neighborhood of Durham, NC.

The tour will feature four unique homes: one brand new, one four years old, and two mid-century moderns that have been renovated. The houses on the spring tour are:

  • The Miriam and Henry Nicholson House, designed by architect Robert (Judge) Carr.  Renovated and currently for sale.
  • The 2008 Monica Hunter House, designed by architect Bill Waddell.
  • The 2011 Patel House, designed and built by architect Sanjeev Patel.
  • The Chute Residence, a mid-century modern ranch currently under renovation and expansion by architect Ellen Cassilly.

Architects Waddell, Cassilly, and Patel will be at the houses to discuss any details or questions from the public. Photography is allowed and encouraged inside and out.

Tour-goers may park for free at St. Stephen’s Church on Rugby Road. From there they can walk, bike, or take one of two free shuttle buses to the houses. (Please do not drive directly to the houses.)

“We’re super green,” said TMH founder and board chair George Smart. “Think of all the carbon saved by shuttles versus driving hundreds of cars from house-to-house individually.”

Tickets are $14.95 per person in advance for the general public, $11.95 per person in advance for Mod Squad members, and $20 per person on the day of the tour. Children carried or in strollers are admitted free.  Tickets are available at

Since 2008, no organization in North Carolina has hosted more Modernist house tours than TMH. Support from thousands of homeowners, architects, builders, and members of the community allow TMH to bring the public exclusive access to modernist residential architecture. Proceeds from tour ticket sales benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.

Sponsors for the April 14 tour, who will also be on hand at each house, include: L.E. Meyers Builders, The Kitchen Specialist, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Go Realty, Anchorage Building Corporation, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Byrd Tile Distributors, and Tonic Design/Tonic Construction.

Contact George Smart at 919-740-8407 with questions about the Durham tour.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthousescom.

About Triangle Modernist Houses:

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 and dedicated 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 “livable 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 )

Facebook photo

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

Connecting to %s