Charlotte’s Oldest Modern House Saved From Demolition

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Modern Charlotte Realty's Gail Jodon with the "sold" sign at the Lassiter house.

deadline.

July 22, 2011 (Charlotte, NC) – The 1956 Lassiter House, the oldest mid-century modernist house in Charlotte that was threatened with demolition if it didn’t sell by June of this year, has been sold to new owners and will be renovated.

Gail Jodon of Modern Charlotte Realty officially reported the sale this month after closing papers were signed. The new owners are Leslie and John Culberson, who “are very happy and proud, and I expect they will do a wonderful renovation,” Jodon said.

The Culbersons have selected Matthew Benson, AIA, of Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson in Charlotte to design the renovation.

The previous, and original, owner of the three-bedroom, three-bath house, which was designed by architect A.G. Odell with landscape design by Lewis Clark, put it on the market in February and announced that if the it didn’t sell by June, it would be razed so the property could be sold as a lot.

Aware that the Lassiter house is a classic example of mid-century modernist residential design by one of the South’s foremost architects of the time, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving modernist houses, immediately issued regional and national alerts to help find a buyer. Recent Past Preservation Network out of Washington, DC, picked up on the TMH alert and posted it on their website and online journal.

“A. G. Odell put Charlotte architecture on the map through the Ovens Auditorium and countless other Queen City buildings,” said TMH director George Smart. “Because the land value exceeded the house, Modernist gems like this are disappearing at an alarming rate. All of us at TMH could not be happier to know the Lassiter House will be preserved, renovated, and enjoyed by the Culbersons for years to come.”

Jodon offered “a very special shout out to George Smart for putting out a preservation alert, which really helped put the home in the spotlight and created a real sense of urgency that was instrumental in assisting me in getting this home sold and in good hands. I am thrilled that the Lassiter home has a new owner and that this important piece of Charlotte’s architectural history has been saved from the wrecking ball.”

She added that successes like this are the reason she chose to specialize in mid-century modern houses. “I don’t win them all, but it is so satisfying to be able to say that Modern Charlotte Realty played a key role in saving this home.”

Published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine in 1956, the house features steel beams that support the roof, eliminating the need for load-bearing interior walls. As a result, the interior spaces are large, open, and thoroughly wheelchair accessible. Extensive glass walls and doors visually and physically open the inside to outdoor gardens. Architect Charles McMurray designed an addition to the house in the 1970s.

The sale included significant tax credits since the house is designated as a Historic Property by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, who calls it “extremely rare as a fully realized example of Modernist Style” and “important as an early example of the [Modernist] movement after World War II to apply technology to residential architecture.” For more information on A.G. Odell and the Lassiter house, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/odell.

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007, dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting modernist residential architecture. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog and advocate for North Carolina modernism. TMH 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 www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

Triangle Modernist Houses Presents ModShop III

A Homes Tour + Shopping Day Trip to Charlotte

The 1960 Mann Residence designed by Alan Ingram.

April 12, 2011 (Durham, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting modernist residential design, has announced ModShop III, its third tour of modernist houses and shopping trip to Charlotte.

The popular day trip will take place Saturday, May 14, leaving from the Fast Park near the RDU Airport aboard a luxury, Internet-equipped tour bus at 7 a.m. and returning by 6:30 p.m.

For this particular trip, TMH’s ModShop III group will join Historic Charlotte, Inc.’s, Modernist Homes Tour that is being held on the same day. The TMH group will visit exceptional Charlotte Modernist houses from the 1950s and ‘60s as well as newer homes open exclusively for ModShop III participants.

The mid-century Levine Residence.

The tour will include the Lassiter Residence designed by A.G. Odell, the oldest modernist house in Charlotte, which will be torn down if a buyer doesn’t come forward by June. To see all six houses ModShop III will tour, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/ctour.

As with other ModShop trips, the day will conclude with a shopping excursion to Ikea, the international homes furnishings retailer featuring Scandinavian modern furniture and accessories. Purchases of any size can be accommodated in the luxury tour bus’s

The event will include shopping at Ikea.

stowage space.

“By joining the ModShop group, tour goers won’t have to worry about directions or parking to see the tour,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “Our bus will take us to each house, and to Ikea. And we’ll be doing our part to reduce the tour’s carbon footprint by going together on the bus.”

Bagels and coffee will be served at the point of departure and a catered lunch will be provided on the bus during the tour.

Admission to ModShop III is by advanced ticket purchase only. No tickets will be sold on the day of the tour. Tickets are $79, including transportation, breakfast and lunch. For all the details of the trip and to reserve tickets, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/ctour.

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 “livable works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

“Run For Your Life – Run For Your Cause” To Be Held in Charlotte

RHA Howell, Inc. is selected as a beneficiary of the four-mile race/fundraiser.

June 30, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, NC) – “Run For Your Life – Run For Your Cause,” a four-mile race, will be held in Charlotte on Saturday, July 24, and RHA Howell, Inc. has been named as one of the beneficiaries of the fundraising event.

Sponsored by Run For Your Life, a local running shoe business founded in 1989, the “Run For Your Cause” race partners with local non-profit organizations to use the event as a means to raise awareness of their causes and to raise funds to support them. The race is part of the 2010 Grand Prix Series of races presented by ASICS® athletic products.

This year, “Run for Your Cause” has selected three beneficiaries: Lois’ Lodge Maternity Home, Alzheimer’s Association, and RHA Howell, Inc.

RHA Howell is a statewide organization that has been helping people with developmental and behavioral disabilities, and their families, for more than 35 years. RHA Howell operates group homes and the Clear Creek Center in Charlotte.

“We’re delighted that ‘Run For Your Cause’ has selected RHA Howell this year,” said Taylor Thigpen, Outreach Coordinator, RHA Howell, Inc. “By doing so, the organizers are sending the message that even in the most stressful times, caring for people with disabilities is still a top priority.”

Participants in the “Run For Your Cause” four-mile race will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each organization, learn more information about what they do in the Charlotte area, and discover how they can support the organizations beyond this event.

Volunteers from RHA Howell will help with registration, serve as course monitors and at the finish line, and will provide an information table after the run.

The four-mile race will begin at 2422 Park Road. For details on times, categories, and entry fees, go to www.runforyourlife.com and click on “Charlotte Running Events/2010 Running Events. Registration is currently available but will close on Friday, July 10, at 5 a.m.

For more information on RHA Howell, visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

Marc Hoffman Performs Solo Instrumental Concert in Uptown Charlotte

Marc Hoffman

June 16, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, NC) — Recording artist Marc Hoffman will be performing instrumental original jazz tunes and standards on Thursday, June 17, noon – 2 p.m., at the Hearst Tower Plaza, 214 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. The concert, free and open to the public, is part of the Hearst Tower Summer Music Series.

Hoffman’s appearance precedes the release of “Curioso,” a remixed and remastered CD compilation of original jazz tunes, including the single “Hefti,” a tribute to the late Neal Hefti.

Hoffman will perform again at the Hearst Tower Plaza on August 5.

For more information on Marc Hoffman and to hear samples of his music, visit www.marchoffman.com.

For more information on the Hearst Tower Summer Music Series, go to http://hearsttower.info/ and click on “building events.”

About Marc Hoffman:

Recording artist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included David Ott, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shafffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. For more information, visit www.marchoffman.com and www.myspace.com/marchoffman. He is also available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music.

Marc Hoffman To Perform at Founders Hall

Marc Hoffman

Original jazz and a variety of standards are on the play list

March 15, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, NC) — Recording artist Marc Hoffman will bring his original jazz to Founders Hall on Friday, March 26, when he performs during the Friday Acoustic Concert Series from noon to 2 p.m.

Hoffman, a composer, pianist and vocalist, has been performing at Founders Hall since 2004. Along with original jazz compositions, both instrumental and vocal, his upcoming solo performance will include his own arrangements of standards, ballads and pop tunes.

Gary Dalkin, editor of Film Music on the Web, has described Hoffman’s original music as “somewhere between the contemporary approach of Windham Hill with a nod in the direction of Aaron Copland… Marc Hoffman may just be too talented for his own good. At least for a world that expects artists to do one thing then keep doing it over with minimal variation equating to maximum commercial gain. Hoffman’s gifts range from contemporary classical composer to singer-songwriter.”

In 2007, Hoffman released his all-original CD Curioso” to critical acclaim. This followed the release of “Christmas Time” (2006), a jazz-flavored CD with new tunes and new arrangements of traditional music; “Long Way Home” (2003), a collection of original piano solos; and “Dream of God” (2003), a collection of original and traditional Christian songs. He is currently preparing for the release of a new jazz CD this spring.

Hoffman’s upcoming solo show is free and open to the public. Founder’s Hall is located at 100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28255, at the Bank of America Corporate Center. For more information, go to www.foundershall.com.

For more information on Marc Hoffman, visit www.marchoffman.com

About Marc Hoffman:

Composer/pianist/vocalist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included John Corigliano, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shafffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information Marc Hoffman and his work, visit www.marchoffman.com and www.myspace.com/marchoffman. He is also available on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music.