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James Taylor’s Modernist Childhood Home in Chapel Hill Will Open for Second Public Tour

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After the first tour sold out, NCMH has arranged a second opportunity for Taylor fans and Modernist design enthusiasts.

By popular demand, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will host a second tour of singer-songwriter James Taylor’s classic mid-century Modern childhood home in Chapel Hill on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tickets ($7 each) for admission by specific time slots are on sale now at http://www.ncmodernist.org/jt.htm and are expected to sell out quickly.  Nine-hundred people attended the first tour on June 4.  “I can’t tell you how many phone calls and emails I’ve received from folks who didn’t secure tickets for the first tour before it was sold out,” said George Smart, Executive Director of NCMH. “James Taylor is such an iconic figure, locally and nationally. So we’re delighted to be able to offer a second opportunity.”

Modernist architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer designed the three-level house, which was built in 1952 for Dr. Isaac Taylor — then-dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine — his wife Trudy and their five children: James, Livingston, Hugh, Alex, and Kate. James lived there until he graduated from high school.

In the 1960s, James and his siblings played music in the two-story guesthouse nearby, which is included on the tour. Participants will see where James carved his initials on the railing around the guesthouse deck.

The house will be auctioned on June 29.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit North Carolina Modernist Houses, a nonprofit dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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. This year, the American Institute of Architects awarded NCMH founder and director George Smart its Collaborative Achievement Award for his work with NCMH. The website www.ncmodernist.org 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: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on FacebookFollow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.


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NCMH Announces October Trip To Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, “Fallingwater”

FallingwaterXSA popular annual pilgrimage that includes FLW’s Kentuck Knob and Usonian houses

Nonprofit preservation group North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has announced its seventh annual pilgrimage to Fallingwater, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential masterpiece in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

NCMH is a non-profit organization based in Durham, NC, and dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. Since 2010, NCMH founder and director George Smart has organized annual trips to Fallingwater, the most famous Modernist house in America. One past participant declared the trip “a Modernist adventure of the highest order.” Another called it “a lifetime experience.”

About Fallingwater: Wright designed Fallingwater as a vacation house for the Kaufman family of Pittburgh. It was built between 1936 and 1939 over a 30-foot waterfall. The house doesn’t seem to stand on solid ground but instead stretches out over the waterfall. In 1938, Fallingwater captured the nation’s imagination when it appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Today it is a National Historic Landmark.

A few miles away from Fallingwater, the NCMH group will also tour Kentuck Knob, a house Wright designed in the last decade of his life that features a celebrated sculpture garden. And in nearby Polymath Park, the group will tour Wright’s 1957 “Usonian” Duncan House as well as two Usonian-inspired houses. “Usonian” was Wright’s concept of practical, functional, affordable housing for middle-class families that would redefine how people thought of their living spaces.

Tickets for this year’s Fallingwater pilgrimage include:

  • The American Airlines flight direct from RDU to Pittsburgh and return flight
  • Wi-Fi equipped ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodations (double and single occupancy)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinner Saturday night
  • Guided tours of Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and the three houses in Polymath Park.

The journey will begin when the group gathers at RDU at 9:30 a.m., October 1, for the 11 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh. The return flight will leave Pittsburgh at 6:10 p.m. October 2.

Tickets for the Fallingwater trip sell out quickly, so Smart urges anyone interested to purchase his or her ticket soon. Architects can receive self-reported CEU hours if they make arrangements in advance with the AIA.

For see ticket prices, to purchase tickets, and for more details on this year’s trip go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/flw.htm.

For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

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. This year, the American Institute of Architects awarded NCMH founder and director George Smart its Collaborative Achievement Award for his work with NCMH. The website www.ncmodernist.org 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: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on FacebookFollow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.


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Homes Tour: NCMH Presents Eight Modernist Houses April 2nd

The Cherry-Gordon House in Raleigh's HIstoric Oakwood neighborhood is among the houses on NCMH's spring tour.

The Cherry-Gordon House in Raleigh’s HIstoric Oakwood neighborhood is among the houses on NCMH’s spring tour.

Eight exemplary Modernist houses will be open for one day only during North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Modapalooza Mobile Modernist Spring Tour around the Triangle on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential architecture from the 1940s to today. The annual Modapalooza tour is a full day of visiting new, mid-century, and recently renovated Modernist houses around the Triangle region aboard a luxury shuttle bus. Breakfast, snacks and beverages aboard the bus and a catered lunch are included with a purchased ticket.

The private homes on this year’s tour are…

In Durham:

In Chapel Hill:

  • The 1957 Van Wyk House designed by Jim Webb and renovated by John Lindsey

In Raleigh:

  • The 1973 Kebschull House designed by Harv Kebschull
  • The 2015 Hurt-Manzi House designed by Louis Cherry
  • And the 2014 Cherry-Gordon House, also designed by Louis Cherry — made nationally famous by a neighbor’s attempt to stop it from being built in Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood. (For more information on the controversy: http://www.ncmodernist.org/2014oakwood.htm.)

The Modapalooza tour starts and ends in the Sheraton Imperial Hotel off I-40 in Durham. Tickets are $119 per person for the general public and $99 per person for NCMH’s Mod Squad members. NCMH tours tend to sell out quickly, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets soon at http://www.ncmodernist.org/palooza16.htm. Proceeds benefit NCMH. For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

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: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on FacebookFollow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.


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Leland Little Auctions To Host September “Thirst4Architecture”

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Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales in Historic Hillsborough will host September’s “Thirst4Architecture” (T4A)

NC Modernist Houseshappy hour with North Carolina Modernist Houses on ThursdaySeptember 9, from 6-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held inside one of the largest estate auction houses in North Carolina, where T4A guests will be able to preview Leland Little’s huge fall auction.

Emilie Huin, broker/owner of Triangle Modern Homes Real Estate LLC, a specialist in Modernist real estate throughout the Triangle, is the 2015 T4A series sponsor.

Leland-Little-Auction-Estate-Sales-LTD-logoAccording to NCMH Executive Director George Smart, “T4A offers architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design” the opportunity to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual fun environment.” As the host business, Leland Little will provide refreshments. NCMH will provide door prizes.

Located at 620 Cornerstone Court in Hillsborough, Leland Little Auctions specializes in 20th century art and design, Asian art, fine wine, collectible cars, silver, fine art, luxury accessories, fine handbags, Southern antiques, fine jewelry, pottery, porcelain and coins.  Bidders from across the world are expected to register for the fall auction.  For more information, visit www.LelandLittle.com or call 919.644.1243.

For more information on NCMH and the Thirst4Architecture events, go to www.ncmodernist.org and click on “T4A Happy Hrs” under Events.

About 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: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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CUBE design + research To Host August “Thirst4Architecture”

The Courtyard at Straw Valley

The Courtyard at Straw Valley

Architect Jason Hart of CUBE design+ research will host August’s Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour with North Carolina Modernist Houses on ThursdayAugust 20, from 6-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the open-air courtyard at Straw Valley, 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham. Emilie Huin, broker/owner of Triangle Modern Homes Real Estate LLC, a specialist in Modernist real estate throughout the Triangle, is the T4A series sponsor for 2015.

According to NCMH Executive Director George Smart, “T4A offers architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design” the opportunity to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual fun environment.” The host business supplies refreshments and entertainment.

Jason Hart and Chris Johns founded CUBE design + research in 2005. An award-winning, full service architecture and design firm, CUBE serves Boston and Cambridge, MA, and North Carolina’s Triangle region. Hart maintains the firm’s Triangle office in Chapel Hill. For more information visit cubedesignresearch.com.

For more information on NCMH and the Thirst4Architecture events, go to www.ncmodernist.org and click on “T4A Happy Hrs” under Events.

About 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: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 


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McConnell Studios To Host Matsumoto Prize Presentation, Thirst4Architecture

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McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2015 George Matsumoto Prize awards for Modernist residential design on Thursday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation will be part of a “Thirst4Architecture” design networking event.

Along with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include free music, food, beer, coffee, and a chance to tour through

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Steel and glass “Dragon” by McConnell Studios for the NC State Bar Association

McConnell Studio’s sculpture, lighting, architectural elements, and other custom-fabricated products. A game of “Modernist Musical Chairs,” sponsored by Ivy Simon of Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill, will give guests a chance to win a Modernist chair. Leland Little Auctions, this year’s Prize sponsor, will also auction off a chair and ottoman by Mitchell Restoration.

Now in its third year, The Matsumoto Prize is the only professionally juried competition with cash prizes specifically for Modernist houses. Over 1700 public votes have been cast for the three top People’s Choice awards, which will also be presented that night. (To see the houses, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.htm.)

“These entries inspire people to dream of having their own Modernist house,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “Most people are surprised to know Modernist design doesn’t have to be expensive.  It can easily be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and a house their families will love for decades. This year’s entries are terrific, and we’re looking forward to revealing this winners.”

NCMH’s monthly Thirst4Architecture networking events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/Triangle Modern Homes, specializing in the sale of Modernist homes throughout the Triangle.

McConnell Studios is located at 324 Dupont Circle, Raleigh. For more information and directions, go to http://www.mattmcconnell.com.

redchair smAbout North Carolina Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organization 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: www.ncmodernist.org.


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New Podcast Promises Casual, Lively Discussions About Modernist Architecture

podcast logo 4US Modernist Radio brings celebrities and local luminaries to the studio

 

North Carolina Modernist Houses announces the launch of US Modernist Radio, a casual, amusing, and informative podcast series dedicated to lively discussions about Modernist architecture.

“Make no mistake, US Modernist Radio is not a stuffy, academic diatribe,” says host George Smart, NCMH founder, whose side-kick for the podcast is national comedian Frank King. “Listeners will hear interesting and expressive people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and even hate Modernist architecture, which we believe has created the most exciting and, yes, controversial buildings in the world.”

To that end, Smart has assembled a series of discussions with guests that

Vanity Fair architecture critic, author Paul Goldberger

Vanity Fair architecture critic, author Paul Goldberger

mix national luminaries by phone with local preservationists and advocates in the studio. National figures include actress and modernist homeowner Kelly LynchVanity Fair’s celebrated architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the Avett Brother’s cellist and Modernist homeowner Joe Kwon, and architect Sarah Susanka, author of the popular Not-So-Big House book series.

A few local guests include architect Milton Small, whose father designed many exemplary mid-century Modernist structures in the Triangle region; Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon, who recently withstood a storm of controversy over the Modernist house they built in a Raleigh historic district; Myrick Howard, executive director of Preservation North Carolina, Inc.; and architects Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins of The Raleigh Architecture Co. who designed and built Joe Kwon’s house on an urban infill lot in downtown Raleigh.

Via iTunes or Libsyn, US Modernist Radio subscribers will automatically receive new shows every two weeks. The first three podcasts are available now. For more information, go to www.usmodernist.org.

US Modernist Radio is an initiative of North Carolina Modernist Houses, the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For more information, visit www.ncmodernist.org or contact George Smart at George@ncmodernist.org.

> Download and subscribe on ITunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/us-modernist-radio

> Download for Android or PC: usmodernist.libsyn.com