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

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 TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Opens Auction To Benefit Cancer Research


Fine furnishings from the “My Carolina Today” set are available to the highest bidder.


November 8, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The contemporary furniture that has graced the set of NBC 17’s morning show “My Carolina Today” for the past three months is about to be sold to the highest bidder. Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary is holding an auction of the furniture the store provided for the TV show’s set. Proceeds will benefit Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.


The auction is part of “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma” and is taking place on the store’s website at Contemporary pieces from the “My Carolina Today” set include:


Two Sirio Side Chairs

The Copeland Sarah Sideboard

Two Lazar Dylan Chairs

The Elite Contessa Barstool

The Elite Link Barstool

The Calligaris Retro Cocktail Table

The Surya 6×9 Area Rug


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.


The contemporary furniture store’s owner, Jerry Nowell, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May. Since then he has teamed with the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to help raise funds for cancer research at Duke Medicine.


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.


“One hundred percent of the sales of the ‘My Carolina Today’ furnishings will benefit multiple myeloma research at Duke Medicine,” he stressed when he first announced the auction on a segment of the show that aired Monday morning, November 1. An in-store fundraiser will also be announced later this month. 


To participate in the bidding on the “My Carolina Today” set pieces, go to For more information on the Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma, visit


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.”