Triangle Modernist Houses Presents “Fairmount” Tour

Aerial view of Fairmont

The Joseph Rowand Residence will be on public tour for the first time.

July 5, 2010 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) –  “Fairmount,” a 4500-square-foot house designed by Chapel Hill architect Phil Szostak, FAIA, for Somerhill Gallery owner Joseph Rowand, will be open for public touring on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The tour is part of Triangle Modernist Houses on-going tours of significant architecture.

Designed as a “country home without yielding to literal historicism,” according to the architect, Fairmount is a sleek yet simply proportioned residence sited on a hilltop between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, NC. The 22.5-acre estate includes a separate guest quarters, a salt-water swimming pool, a trellised garden and storage shed. The interior features Rowand’s extensive collection of fine art.

“Naturally, Joe’s beautiful home is a reflection of his gallery with volumes of exceptional paintings, sculpture, fine art glass, and other works by nationally recognized artists and craftspeople,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “The quality of the art alone is worth a visit.”  Photography is allowed both inside and outside the house.

Fairmount also features landscape design by master landscape architect Richard C. Bell, FASLA. Punctuated by Rowand’s collection of outdoor sculpture, the landscape is integrated into the house’s interior through an abundance of windows that frame vistas of the surroundings. Szostak was also careful to site to house to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in winter and natural lighting and ventilation.

The house was built by Chuck Lewis Construction and completed in 2000. The pool addition was completed in 2003. 

Phil Szostak will be on site during the tour to talk about the design of the house, which is currently for sale. Listing agent Susan Peak will also be on hand to take questions.

For more information on the Rowand residence and to reserve advance tickets ($5.95), go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm. 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 restore and grow 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.

2010 Modernist Home Tour Destinations Unveiled

The de Comarmond house in Cameron Village, a modernist renovation.

Triangle Modernist Houses’ Raleigh Tour features eight plus one iconic office building.


June 15, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Triangle Modernist Houses today unveiled the eight architecturally remarkable homes and one commercial space that comprise the “TMH Modern 2010,” the non-profit organization’s 13th home tour, on Saturday, September 25, from 1- 430 p.m. in Raleigh.

The private homes that will be open to ticketholders are:

– The Milton Small House on Lake Boone Trail, designed by Milton Small, FAIA, and built by Frank Walser.

– The Laurent P. de Comarmond, AIA, Modernist house renovation on Graham Street in Cameron Village.

– The Parker House, designed by Carter Williams, FAIA, on Banbury Road, renovation design by Perry Cox.

– The Karmous-Edwards House, Runnymede Road, designed by Frank Harmon, FAIA.

– The Heather and Bo Taylor House, Graham Street in Cameron Village, designed and built by Will Alphin.

– The Jim Kuehn Residence, located on Fairall Street, designed by Brian Shawcroft, AIA.

– The Ron Collier House, on Manning Drive, designed by architect/owner Ron Collier, AIA.

– The Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA, home and office on Cox Avenue, designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA. 

As an added attraction, the TMH Modern 2010 will also include a tour of the Milton Small Office Building on Hillsborough Street, designed by Milton Small, FAIA, and built by Frank Walser. The Small Office Building is a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark and frequently studied by students at NC State’s College of Design.  It is strikingly similar to Small’s house, also on the tour.

Triangle Modernist Houses offers the longest-running, professionally organized architectural tours in the region and the only tours that focus on Modernist design. TMH founder and director George Smart also notes the “green” aspect of TMH’s tours:

“By using shuttle buses instead of having hundreds of participants drive individual cars, we dramatically reduce the event’s carbon footprint,” he said. “Our tour-goers park in a central lot and leave their driving hassles behind. An air-conditioned bus from our fleet arrives at each house every nine minutes. So in just a few hours, they experience some of the area’s best architecture and construction through rare and unique access to the coolest private houses.”

Photography is allowed and encouraged inside and outside all the buildings.

Tickets to TMH Modern 2010 are $24.95 in advance or $29.95 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available now through the TMH website: www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/2010

Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing Modernist documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

Sponsors for the TMH Modern 2010 include Preservation North Carolina, Beyond Blue Interiors, Modern Homes Network, the Cameron Art Museum, Tonic Design + Build, Earp & Associates, The North Carolina Symphony, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Eidolon Design, Center Studio Architecture, Ambiente International, Historic Charlotte, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Quail Ridge Books & Music, and Architecture for Humanity. Companies can still sign on as sponsors by contacting George Smart at 919-740-8407.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses and more details on the fall tour, 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 “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

Triangle Modernist Houses Announces 2010 Modernist Home Tour


Event to feature nine modernist houses in Raleigh from the 1950s to today.

May 24, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) — What’s Raleigh’s best-kept secret?  The Triangle has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in the country, behind LA and Chicago — literally hundreds of exceptional houses — due to the Modernist influence of the NCSU College of Design’s influence over the last 61 years.

Nine of those modernist houses, plus one office space, will be open for touring during the Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) Modernist Home Tour in Raleigh on Saturday, September 25, from 1 – 4:30 p.m.

This tour, TMH’s 12th,  will feature modernist houses from mid-century 1950’s to cutting-edge new homes, all of which are defined by open interiors, abundant glass, aesthetic geometries, and sweeping lines.

TMH’s award-winning home tours, organized by TMH founder and director George Smart, are the longest-running, professionally-conducted architectural tours in the region. The past 11 tours have allowed over 2000 people from around the state to tour 21 Modernist houses.

“As with all TMH home tours, we showcase the value of exceptional architecture and construction,” Smart said. “TMH gives the public unique opportunities to go inside nine of the coolest houses in Raleigh that they would rarely be able to see otherwise.  We’ve lined up some of the best.  And photography is not only allowed, it is encouraged.”

Preservation North Carolina, the nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization dedicated to protecting and promoting buildings, landscapes and sites important to the state’s diverse heritage, is including the TMH Tour as part the 2010 Preservation NC Annual Conference September 23-25.

Smart, well-known for speaking on “Mayberry Modernism” across North Carolina, emphasizes the green, sustainable features of the TMH tour.

“Our free hop-on, hop-off bus system reduces the carbon footprint and assures neighborhoods are not disrupted with hundreds of cars.  People don’t have to spend their day finding, driving to, and parking at each home.”

Tickets to the 2010 Tour will be available through the TMH website and various ticket outlets in the coming weeks.

Sponsors include Preservation North Carolina, Ambiente International, the NCSU Gregg Museum of Art, the Louise Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, Eidolon Designs, Center Studio Architecture, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Modern Home Network, and Beyond Blue Interiors. Companies can still sign on as sponsors by contacting George Smart at 919-740-8407.

Ticket information and other details will be announced at a later date. 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 “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.