“Modern Ruin:” Movie Series Presents Documentary on The World’s Fair Pavilion

PromoPosterFilmmaker Matt Silva will be on hand for Q&A session.

As an addition to its 2015-2016 Architecture Movie Series, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor MoHo Realty present a special screening of the documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion” on Saturday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., at King’s in downtown Raleigh.

Filmmaker Matt Silva will fly in from New York for a Q&A session after the screening. Dr. Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies at NC State University, will introduce Silva.

“Modern Ruin” tells the story of the New York State Pavilion designed by Pavilion PhotoPhilip Johnson, the highlight of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. It was saved from the fate of many of the venues in the World’s Fair, but it has only been used sporadically over the past 50 years and is now in ruins. In the 1990s, it was prominently featured in the film “Men in Black.”

In his documentary, Silva illuminates the steps architects and other staunch supporters have taken to protect and re-purpose the Pavilion.

“Silva packs this documentary with people who lived during that time and people who have taken a great interest in the preservation of the pavilion,” wrote Christopher Inoa for Untapped Cities.com after the premiere.

“I hope that the film helps people re-imagine the space and are inspired to dream for what it can be in the future,” Silva says.

Adam Carrington of Carrington Electric is co-hosting the event at King’s, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

To see a trailer of “Modern Ruin,” go to https://vimeo.com/61415780.

For more information on NCMH and the entire MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, go to http://ncmodernist.org/movies.

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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

MoHo Architecture Movie Series Continues with Double Feature

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This year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, continues on Thursday, November 5, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a double feature that focuses on small houses.

“Lustron: The House America’s Been Wait For” documents the rise and fall of engineering genius Carl Strandlund and his brainchild, the “Lustron,” a 1000-square-foot, post-war, pre-fab house. Made entirely of porcelain-enameled steel, the little Lustron was rot-proof, vermin-proof, and never needed painting. Averaging just $10,000, Lustrons could be erected on site in less than a week.

The Lustron’s ultimate failure was blamed on simple market forces. But in 1994, film producers Bill Kubota, Ed Moore, and Bill Ferehawk discovered a trail of newspaper clippings, Senate hearing transcripts, and internal Lustron Corporation documents suggesting that the collapse of the “General Motors of housing” was brought on by a government conspiracy that reached all the way to the Truman White House.

movie-doelgerThe second feature, “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” is a Monique Lombardelli documentary that celebrates the life and works of the San Francisco Bay Area pioneer of mid-century Modern design. In 1947, Doelger and his associates began building the Westlake district in Daly City. The district is one of the earliest examples of a large-tract suburban development and a manifestation of urban sprawl. Life magazine featured photographs of the numerous rows of houses in the 1950s, which were immortalized in Pete Seeger’s hit song “Little Boxes.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID are admitted free of charge. NCSU Friends of the Library get 10 percent off tickets with a “Friends of the Library” card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.  For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

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.

Happy Hour In The Warehouse District: The Raleigh Architecture Co. Hosts October’s “Thirst4Architecture”

L-R: Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins
L-R: Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins

Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnston, AIA, principals of The Raleigh Architecture Co., will host October’s Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour along with North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) on ThursdayOctober 15, from 6-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the firm’s offices in the Warehouse District at 502 South West Street, near the corner of West and Cabarrus streets. Food, beverages, and entertainment will be provided.

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.

NC Modernist HousesAccording 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, The Raleigh Architecture Co. will provide refreshments. NCMH will provide door prizes.

Johnston and Kerins founded The Raleigh Architecture Company in 2012. Since then, the young firm has completed 15 Modern residential projects and 15 commercial projects, including retail up-fits within existing historic buildings from Raleigh to Asheville. Their very first projects, two side-by-side houses on Edenton Street, recently won an Honor Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Their work has also been “People’s Choice” favorites in NCMH’s annual Matusumoto Prize for Modernist residential design. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

For more information on NCMH and the Thirst4Architecture events, visit 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.

Modapalooza Tour To Visit The Raleigh Architecture Company’s Wynne Street Houses

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Three new, modern, for-sale houses in east-central Raleigh.

Three new, modern, for-sale houses on Wynne Street in downtown Raleigh, designed by The Raleigh Architecture  Co. (RACo), will be part of the “Modapalooza Tour” on Saturday, October 10, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design from the 1950s to today.

The annual “Modapalooza Tour” takes participants by bus to a selection of new and mid-century modernist houses around the Triangle area. The 10 houses on this year’s tour, however, are all “new,” dating from 2012 to 2015.

RACo partners Robby Johnston, AIA, and Craig Kerins, AIA, are working in collaboration with Monarch Properties to design and develop the Wynne Street houses, which are nearing completion, in an established inner-city neighborhood in east-central Raleigh.

Rising side-by-side on previously empty lots, the houses are two-story, 1805-square-foot structures with open living/dining/kitchen spaces, three bedrooms, and two-and-a-half baths. They feature open, double-height space on the first floors filled with natural light from an abundance of energy-efficient windows and skylights. The kitchens will have simple, modern European-style cabinetry systems.

Covered front porches on each house face out towards the neighborhood, while sliding glass doors and covered second-floor balconies provide private access to the backyard.

Each of the houses also features a host of structurally sound, energy-efficient elements to ensure their durability against decades of use and North Carolina-specific weather conditions.

One of the RACo partners will be on site for the sold-out tour to discuss the design concept and to answer questions. For more information on the houses, visit the development’s website www.liveonwynne.com.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Co., visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

About The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design-build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.

MoHo Architecture Movie Series Moves To Hunt Library, Opens Oct. 1.

This year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, starts this Thursday, October 1, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a The Competition_artspecial screening of the 2014 documentary “The Competition.”

“The Competition” is a raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, including Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, struggling to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra, a tiny nation between France and Spain. Called “mud wrestling with architects, this is the first competition to be documented, producing an unclassifiable film that turns into an intense thriller.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.*

The series line-up includes:

  • Small Houses Double Feature:“Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For” and “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” on Thursday, November 5.
  • *Downtown Special Event:“Modern Ruin,” the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion at the World’s Fair, on Saturday, November 14, at Kings Barcade, 14 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.
  • Holiday Starchitecture Double Feature:“Xmas Meier” and “Gehry’s Vertigo” on Thursday December 3.
  • “Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” on Thursday, January 7
  • Double Feature:“Archiculture” and an animated short feature “Me and My Moulton” on Thursday, February 4.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID get in free. NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off tickets with their Friends of the Library Card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.  For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

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.

North Carolina Modernist Houses Announces the 2016 Matsumoto Prize Jury

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Nationally known architects to judge annual Modernist house competition.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state, has announced the 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Jury.

The 2016 jury will include luminaries in their field including Ray Kappe, of Los Angeles, CA; Alison Brooks of London, England; Joshua Prince-Ramus of New York, NY; Harry Wolf of Los Angeles, CA; Charles McMurray of Miami, FL; and Nathan Crowley of Los Angeles, the architect-turned-production designer whose most recent work was seen in the sci-fi feature “Interstellar.

Now in its fifth year, the Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design) and architect of some of the state’s best-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  Matsumoto serves as the honorary chair.

The Matsumoto Prize is a unique awards program. It is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses solely on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury of Modernist architects, offers the opportunity for public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive.  Residential architects and designers entering the competition can be from anywhere but their houses must be in North Carolina.

“The Prize powerfully engages the greater community to be involved with the architecture they love,” says NCMH Executive Director George Smart. “The competition publicly showcases a new generation of outstanding Modernist architects and houses, promoting new talent and providing motivating honors and incentives in our state.”

The call for submissions will be announced in 2016.  For more information on the 2016 Matsumoto Prize, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2016.  To see past winners, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/matsumotoprize.htm.

About North Carolina Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. Its many homes tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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.

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.

 

2015 Matsumoto Prize Honors Six Exemplary Modernist Houses

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Jury Awards First Prize winner: the Aiyyer House by CUBE design + research

North Carolina Modernist Houses announced the six winners – three Jury awards and three People’s Choice awards — for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design during a special event at McConnell Studios in downtown Raleigh.

Houses submitted to the annual competition must be in North Carolina but designers may be based anywhere. A panel of distinguished architects including Jeanne Gang and Peter Gluck chose the Jury Award winners. The 2015 Prize was underwritten by Leland Little Auctions.

NCMH Founder and Director George Smart announced this year’s results.

The 2015 Jury winners are:

First Prize ($3000) — CUBE design + research, Chapel Hill, for the Aiyyer Residence in Carrboro, NC.  Photo at left by Richard Leo Johnson

Second Prize ($2000) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, Raleigh, for “Crabill Modern” in Hillsborough, NC.  Photo courtesy Tonic Desig

Third Prize ($1000) – in situ studio, Raleigh, for “Clark Court” in Raleigh. Photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Online public voting determined the three People’s Choice winners. With nearly 2000 votes cast, the 2015 People’ Choice winners are:

First Place: Kersting Architecture, Wilmington, NC, for “Waterline” beach house in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Photo by Rick Ricozzi

Second Place: Roost Homes, Asheville, for Peregrine #5 in Lakeview Park in Asheville, NC. Photo by Olivia Marone

Third Place: Ann Clark Architects, Chicago, for the Knight Howard House in Deep Run, NC. Photo by Stacey Van Berkel

The Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding faculty member at the North Carolina State University School of Design (now College of Design) who is well known for the exemplary mid-century Modernist houses he designed across the state. Matsumoto also served as Honorary Chair of the professional jury.

Sponsors of the award night included Palette and ParlorMitchell Restoration, and Paolo Tomasi Sales.

For more information on the Matsumoto Prize, the jury, and this year’s award winners as well as all the submissions, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.

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About 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.

2015 Matsumoto Prize Online Public Voting Is Now Open

Public online voting for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina*, is now open at https://ncmhcompetitions.squarespace.com/vote.

The Prize, this year sponsored by Leland Little Auctions, includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. *Anyone in the world may vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing the submissions at the link above.

The Matsumoto Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a Modernist architect well-known in North Carolina for exceptional residential designs.

Matsumoto also serves as Honorary Chair for the Prize’s blue-ribbon jury of professional architects who select the winners for cash prizes from a pool of $6000.

“These entries inspire people dreaming of a Modernist house to know Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “We’re looking forward to record-breaking public participation via this year’s online voting.”

Online voting ends at 5 p.m. EST, June 30th.

To see the entries and vote, visit https://ncmhcompetitions.squarespace.com/vote.

For more information about the 2015 Matsumoto Prize, go to www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.

redchair smAbout North Carolina 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.