Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents Louis Sullivan Documentary

Examining the life, career, and influence of the American architect/artist. 

November 30, 2011 (Cary, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses continues the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series this month with a special screening of “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture” on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m, in Cary’s Galaxy Cinema.

Directed by Mark Richard Smith, the film focuses on the life and career of Louis Sullivan as an artist and what he tried to do for American architecture. Much of the footage is comprised of moving shots that trace building details and ornamentation not readily seen by the casual eye.

“Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture marks the first time that the life and career of Louis Sullivan have been brought to the screen,” the film’s website states. “Aside from several films that presented certain parts of Sullivan’s career such as his skyscrapers and banks, there has never been an in-depth exploration of him as an artist and what he tried so hard to do for American architecture.

The film presents Sullivan as an artist who never felt completely comfortable in the romanticism of the nineteenth-century or the unsentimental, mechanized world of the 20th century. It also looks at how Louis Sullivan exerted a tremendous influence on the development of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tickets to the film are $9 at the door. Galaxy Cinema is located in the Village Square Shopping Center at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27511. Phone: 919-463-9959.

Hanbury Preservation Consulting in Raleigh is sponsoring this special screening of “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle For American Architecture.” Sponsors for the entire series are Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Kontek, Alphin Design Build, Cherry Modern, Modern Home Auction, Studio B Architecture, and Dail Dixon FAIA.

Hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses, the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features exciting and hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March 2012. For a complete list of the upcoming films, to buy advance tickets, and to see a trailer of upcoming film, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

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. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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Triangle Modernist Houses Welcomes 2011 Advisory Council

December 6, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH), has announced the organization’s 2011 Advisory Council.

TMH is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to preserve and promote 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.

Appointment to the Advisory Council is a one-year term starting January 1, 2011. Selected from a cross-section of the design and client communities, Advisory Council members support the organization’s programming improvements. This includes TMH’s popular Modernist house tours, which give the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present.

The 2011 TMH Advisory Council includes:  architects Jessica Johnson Moore, Dail Dixon FAIA, Thomas Crowder (Architektur PA), Doug Brinkley FAIA (Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee), and Erin Sterling Lewis (In Situ Studio); Goodnight Raleigh.com’s John Morris; John Chiles; Stan Williams of the NC Symphony; Gail Jodon of Modern Charlotte; Curtis Leonard of Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, Chris Chinchar; Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture owner Jerry Nowell; Queron Smith of Mechanics & Farmers Bank, David Hill and Robin Abrams of the NC State University College of Design; Tobias Kaiser of Modern Florida Homes; and Kim Weiss of blueplate pr.

“The 2010 Advisory Council did an incredible job this past year, which was our most successful yet,” said Smart. “Their suggestions were key to significant website improvements and more. Because of them, TMH has evolved into a nationally known resource on Modernist residential houses and those who design them.  Our tours continue to attract record visitors from across the state. I deeply appreciate the past Council members gifts of time and service and I look forward to working with the new Council in 2011.”

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

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.

Second Annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Kicks Off with “My Architect: A Son’s Journey”

The first in a series of four films hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses.com

 

November 29, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, opens Thursday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary with a special screening of “My Architect: A Son’s Journey.”

 

Presented by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses, “My Architect: A Son’s Journey” is the Oscar-nominated documentary about the life and work of the world-renowned American architect Louis I. Kahn as told by his son, Nathaniel Kahn.

 

One of the most influential architects of the mid-20th century, Kahn’s taught at Yale University in 1947, received his Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1953, was named Professor of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. The buildings he designed tended to be monolithic and monumental yet poetic in their use of space and light. His work included such iconic structures as the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh.

 

After returning from a trip to Bangladesh in 1974, Kahn died of a heart attack in a men’s restroom in New York’s Pennsylvania Station. He went unidentified for three days because he had crossed out the home address on his passport. And despite his long career, he was deeply in debt when he died. Nathanial Kahn uses the unusual manner of his father’s death as a point of departure and a metaphor for Kahn’s extraordinary life.

 

Originally released in 2003, “My Architect” offers glimpses of Kahn’s architecture while his son talks with the people who knew him. It includes interviews with some of Kahn’s renowned contemporaries, such as architects B. V. Doshi, Frank Gehry, Ed Bacon, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, and Robert A. M. Stern. It also offers an insider’s view of Kahn’s eccentric family arrangements.

 

Tickets to “My Architect” are $7.95 in advance or $9 at the door. Tickets to the entire Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series are $27.95. To see a trailer of the film, the list of upcoming movies and to purchase advance tickets, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm.

 

This screening of “My Architect” is sponsored by Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Kontech, LightTech Architectural Lighting Design, Center Studio Architecture, Foundation bar and lounge, and blueplate pr.

 

The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard. For more information visit www.mygalaxycinema.com.

 

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

 

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. 

Nowell’s Fund to Fight Multiple Myeloma To Host Kick-Off Event

 

The public is invited to help launch the holiday fundraiser. 

 

November 26, 2010 (CARY, NC) — Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary will launch its holiday fundraiser to benefit multiple myeloma research at Duke University Medical Center with an in-store kick-off on Tuesday, December 7, from 6-8 p.m. The event will include giveaways, music, refreshments, and a brief presentation on the illness as well as Nowell’s fundraising effort, “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma.” The public is invited.

 

Nowell’s owner Jerry Nowell was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment.

 

The purpose of the December 7 kick-off event is to raise awareness of multiple myeloma and to highlight the two ongoing fundraising events at Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:

 

(1) An online auction of fine furnishings from Nowell’s that has been featured on the set of NBC 17’s “My Carolina Today” show.

 

(2) The in-store Ekornes benefit: Every customer who purchases an Ekornes Stressless Recliner during the holiday season and donates $50 to Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma will receive a $200 discount off his or her purchase. The Ekornes fundraiser began Thanksgiving weekend. Party “giveaways” will be provided by Ekornes.

 

Multiple Myeloma is diagnosed in approximately 20,000 new patients every year in the US, and the illness claims the lives of nearly half that number annually. While there is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, on-going research raises great hope that emerging therapies may make this a manageable disease and, ultimately, lead to a cure.

 

All contributions to the Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma will benefit multiple myeloma research at the Duke Medical Center. For more information on the fundraiser, visit http://nowellsfurniture.com/multiplemyeloma.aspx.

 

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located 900 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511. For more information and directions, go to www.nowellsfurniture.com.

 

About Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:

 

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511. Operated by Jerry Nowell, the store is in its third generation of local ownership with a commitment to contemporary and modern furniture supported by a talented in-store design team and professional delivery crew. “Defining Style Since 1905.” For more information: www.nowellsfurniture.com.

 

New Items Added To Nowell’s Online Auction To Benefit Cancer Research

BDI Adds Home Theater Furniture To The Offerings

 

November 18, 2010 (CARY, NC) – BDI, a leading manufacturer of contemporary home theater furniture, has donated three high-end audio-visual stands to the online auction that is going on now on the Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture website (www.nowellsfurniture.com) to benefit “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma.” One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit multiple myeloma research at Duke Medicine.

 

Nowell’s owner, Jerry Nowell, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma earlier this year. The store has been holding annual holiday fundraisers for various charities for several years, so this year Nowell decided to commit his efforts to benefit cancer research at Duke Medicine.

 

“BDI is proud to support Jerry Nowell and others in the quest for a cure for multiple myeloma,” said Steve Feldman, Director of Sales for BDI.  

 

The auction began November 8 with nine pieces of furniture that Nowell’s supplied for NBC 17’s “My Carolina Today” set, including side chairs, barstools, a cocktail table, area rug and sideboard. The BDI pieces have now been added to the online auction. Bidders can click on images of the pieces for more information then place their bids on the site. The auction will continue through December 31st. “Buy It Now” prices are also listed for each item.

 

Multiple Myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. It is diagnosed in approximately 20,000 new patients every year in the US, and the illness claims the lives of nearly half that number annually.

 

Along with the online furniture auction, Nowell’s will soon announce an in-store fundraiser as well.

 

To participate in the bidding, go to http://nowellsfurniture.com/auction.aspx. For more information on the “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma,” go to http://nowellsfurniture.com/multiplemyeloma.aspx

 

About Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:

 

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511. Operated by Jerry Nowell, the store is in its third generation of local ownership with a commitment to contemporary and modern furniture supported by a talented in-store design team and professional delivery crew. “Defining Style Since 1905.” For more information: www.nowellsfurniture.com.

 

About BDI:

 

BDI offers a collection of furniture pieces that are unique, functional and great looking. BDI’s Home Theater furniture is engineered to meet the demanding needs of today’s electronics, and do so while enriching the home and the home theater experience. BDI was the first to introduce innovations such as hidden wheels, adjustable shelves, cable management and flow-through ventilation as standard features. A BDI Home Theater system successfully merges functional innovation with original and exciting Design. For more information: www.bdiusa.com.

TMH Announces “Where’s George?” Ticket Giveaway for Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series

 

George Smart, founder/director, Triangle Modernist Houses

November 1, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, returns next month to the Galaxy Cinema in Cary. The series is sponsored by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture.

 

Starting November 8 at 11 a.m., TMH will announce a secret location on its Facebook page.  TMH Founder George Smart will be there at noon and the first 10 people who meet him receive a pair of free tickets to My Architect on December 16.  Where’s George? giveaways continue on the TMH Facebook page each Monday at 11 a.m. through November 29.

 

TMH Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Triangle-Modernist-Houses/97954432790?ref=mf

 

About The Movie Series

 

The series features one film per month from December 16 through March 17, starting with “My  Architect: A Son’s Journey,” the Oscar-nominated biographical documentary by Nathaniel Kahn on the life and work of his illustrious father, Louis Kahn, FAIA.  On January 13, TMH will screen “Sketches of Frank Gehry.”  “Koolhaas HouseLife” will be the featured film on February 17. The final film on March 17 is “Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee & The Spirit of the Rural Studio.”  Tickets to the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series are $27.95 for the whole series, $7.95 per movie in advance and $9 at the door.

 

Along with Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, other movie sponsors include Kontek, LightTech Architectural Lighting Design, Foundation, Center Studio Architecture, blueplate pr, Tonic Design+Construction, The Splinter Group and Blok Architecture.

 

The series is open to the public. For more information on the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series and to secure advance tickets, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm.

 

The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard. For more information visit www.mygalaxycinema.com.

 

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

 

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.

Jerry Nowell Takes His Mission To NBC 17’s “My Carolina Today”

Jerry Nowell of Nowell's Contemporary Furniture

October 30, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Jerry Nowell, a man who normally prefers to remain in the background running his award-winning store Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary, is going before the cameras next week to discuss his battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, and the fundraiser he’ll launch in November to benefit Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.

 

Nowell will be a featured guest on NBC 17’s “My Carolina Today” show on Monday, November 1, at 11 a.m. Joining him will be Dr. Cristina Gasparetto, a specialist in laboratory and clinical research in the field of multiple myeloma at Duke Medicine.

 

Multiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.

 

Nowell, 49, was diagnosed in May after a routine check up. Since then, he’s been sharing his progress on Facebook and planning “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma” in association with the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

The furniture store has been sponsoring holiday-season charitable fundraisers for several years. Nowell’s decision to make cancer research at Duke the recipient of this year’s fundraiser was obviously personal.

 

“While there is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, on-going research raises great hope that emerging therapies may turn it into a manageable disease and, ultimately, lead to a cure,” he said.

 

Dr. Gasparetto will discuss some of those advances when the show airs.

 

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture furnishes the set for “My Carolina Today” set. On the Monday segment, Jerry Nowell will also announce that the pieces on the set will be up for auction on the store’s website, www.nowellsfurniture.com, starting Monday with all proceeds from the auction benefiting Multple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.

 

Details on the in-store fundraiser will be released soon.

 

“My Carolina Today,” hosted by Sharon Delaney, Page Crawford and Valonda Calloway, airs each weekday on NBC 17 at 11 a.m. For more information, go to www.mycarolinatoday.com.

 

For more information Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture and the upcoming fundraiser, visit www.nowellsfurniture.com.

 

About Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:

 

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511. Operated by Jerry Nowell, the store is in its third generation of local ownership with a commitment to contemporary and modern furniture supported by a talented in-store design team and professional delivery crew. “Defining Style Since 1905.”

Nowell’s To Host TMH “ModStock” House Tour Party

September 15, 2010 (CARY, NC) – Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary will host the Triangle Modernist Houses’ “ModStock House Tour Party” on Thursday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m.   Free and open to the public with registration, the party will kick off the TMH’s 2010 Modern Homes Tour in Raleigh on the following Saturday, September 25,from 1-4:30 p.m.

The 2010 tour is the 14th tour of Modernist homes that the non-profit preservation organization has sponsored in its three-year history.

The Nowell’s ModStock Party includes beer and wine, sodas and snacks, and the opportunity to see thousands of square feet of Nowell’s extensive modern furniture and furnishings. At 7 p.m., TMH founder George Smart and Nowell’s owner Jerry Nowell will give away gift certificates and other prizes.

“Nowell’s has been one of the area’s strongest advocates to support preservation of Modernist houses,“ said George Smart. “They recognize the importance of exposing the public to the cool house vibe through tour sponsorship, and they recognize the importance of informing the public through again sponsoring the Architecture Film Series at the Galaxy Cinema this winter.”

Nowell’s is located at 900 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511. Space is limited for the ModStock party so advance registration is required. To attend, send an email with your name and number of free tickets to george@trianglemodernisthouses.com.

The TMH 2010 Modern Homes Tour on September 25th will take place in Raleigh and feature eight modernist houses as well as one iconic mid-century office building. Tours originate in the parking lot of Small Kane Architects near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Glen Eden Drive. Free shuttle buses take participants to all of the destinations on the tour throughout the afternoon. Hop on, hop off at your leisure.  Tour hours are 1-4 p.m. General admission tickets are $24.95 in advance through Wednesday September 22, then $29.95 on the day of the tour.

Sponsors for the 2010 tour include The Downtowner Magazine, The Independent, Preservation North Carolina, Preservation Greensboro, Historic Charlotte, the North Carolina Symphony, the Gregg Museum at NC State University, the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, Center Studio Architecture, the Raleigh chapter of Architecture for Humanity, the City of Raleigh Raleigh Urban Design Center, Outdoor Images, Quail Ridge Books, Beyond Blue Interiors, Ambiente International, Eidolon Designs, Modern Home Network.com, and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture.

For all the details about the fall homes tour, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/2010.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

For more information on Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, visit. www.nowellsfurniture.com.

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