North Carolina is the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America!

NCMH is a 501C3 nonprofit educational archive providing donors, volunteers, and advocates information and organization to document, preserve, and promote North Carolina’s residential Modernist architecture.

Documenting

Profiles of over 250 North Carolina architects and designers, past and present, with documentation of nearly every house they ever designed.

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Preserving

NCMH's exclusive statewide listing of Modernist houses for sale or for rent, updated weekly.

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Promoting

The George Matsumoto Prize recognizes excellence in new North Carolina Modernist houses.

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An Influential Community

NCMH continually hosts wildly popular Modernist house tours, design parties, and architecture movies, giving thousands of people access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. We are the oldest and largest group dedicated to Modernist design in North Carolina.

Endangerment Alerts

Home Security Life Bldg

The Durham NC City Council debates the fate of the Milton Small-designed masterpiece at 1pm November 9 at City Hall.

Visit USModernist

1USModernist Masters Gallery: Documenting the entire residential output of Wright, Lautner, Neutra, Rudolph - over 5,000 houses.

2USModernist Radio: "Car Talk" meets architecture! Join Mr. Modernism, George Smart, and comedian Frank King as they talk and laugh with guests like Paul Goldberger, Kelly Lynch, Raymond Neutra, Susan Saarinen, and more.

3USModernist Library: A colossal archive of nearly every US architecture magazine since 1920, all searchable, downloadable, and free.

  • What is a Modernist House?

    2017

    Modernist design is characterized by features such as combining traditionally separate common areas (like the living room and the dining room, for example), open interior floor plans with vaulted ceilings, large and numerous windows, flat or low pitched roofs, long exposed beams, extensive use of glass to bring in natural light, and aesthetic geometric forms.  Modernism is both a design and a informal way of living through making houses and objects more affordable and enjoyable.


  • Why Aren't Modernist Houses More Popular?

    2017

    Modernist houses truly rock, if you are into this kind of thing. Sadly for us fans, many people aren't. The general public tends to think Modernist homes are cool but consistently buy more traditional designs. What is "brilliant" to an architecturally-inclined person can be unsettling to the neighbors. Modernist houses are generally more works of art than construction, and the general public has little taste for living inside something that looks different from the neighbors - until they spend the night in one.


  • Mid-Century Moderns Saved

    2017

    Mid-century modernist houses are endangered. Their locations, often on prime real estate inside cities, are often worth more than the houses, making demolition and development an attractive option. By networking sellers, buyers, agents, and the public detailed information and histories, NCMH helps endangered houses be purchased or otherwise occupied. NCMH has helped hundreds of Modernist houses change hands and avoid the bulldozer.