Metro Magazine Joins “Colossus” Archive of Architecture Magazines


George Smart, Executive Director of the non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and Bernie Reeves, Co-Founder and Publisher of Metro Magazine, have announced that NCMH’s Colossus Architecture Magazine Archive is now the official historical archive for Metro Magazine.

Inspired by senior editor and architecture enthusiast Kim Devins Weiss, Metro Magazine’s editor and publisher Bernie Reeves began covering the built environment in 1978 in his initial publication, Spectator Magazine, the first alternative weekly publication to cover the Triangle. According to Reeves, he wanted to convey “a sophisticated perspective on the emerging Triangle. I had a modicum of architectural DNA from my father, [the late architect] Ralph B. Reeves, Jr., but Kim made it happen. As a result, Spectator acknowledged that the built environment was of great interest to the intelligent reader.”

Reeves continued that tradition in Metro Magazine, a full-color monthly publication that covered a 22-county region from the Triangle to North Carolina’s coast. Established in 1999, Metro generally published monthly until April 2013 and enjoyed a circulation of 40,000.

Two writers covered architecture for Metro: design editor Diane Lea, who wrote features on residential design from historic preservation to Modernist houses; and Michael Welton, author of the online journal and the Raleigh News & Observer’s architecture critic.

“Metro exuded quality on every page, including Diane’s excellent coverage of area architecture,” aid Katie Reeves, Metro co-founder. “Now, through George Smart and Colossus, the homes and buildings covered will be available in a first-class environment.”

“Metro and the other publications in our Colossus archive chronicle the best of Modernist houses along with the talented, progressive architects who created them,” said George Smart, who recently received the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award.

Once complete, Colossus will be the largest open digital architecture publication collection in the world.  We’re honored to continue Bernie Reeves’ advocacy for architecture through having Metro as part of Colossus.”

Colossus can be accessed at

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, 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. For more information: Find NCMH on Facebook. Follow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.

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