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A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture

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Enjoy browsing, but unless otherwise noted, these houses are private property and closed to the public -- so don't go tromping around uninvited.

LAWRENCE ALBERT "LARRY" ENERSEN, FAIA (1909-1983) 

Enersen was born in 1909 in Lamberton MN to Albert and Ethel Enersen. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in 1931 and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard in 1935. In 1939, Larry married Eleanore Vail and they had three sons: David, Stephen, and Philip.

His early professional career included several professorships with various colleges: the University of Michigan (1939-42), Harvard University, (1942-43), service with the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943-46, and the University of North Carolina (1947-52).  During these latter years he was also on the original Kamphoefner faculty at the NCSU School of Design.

The Enersen family moved to Lincoln NB when Larry's Harvard classmate, Kenneth B. Clark, convinced him of the opportunity for growth and expansion in this particular part of Nebraska. The two architects launched their own firm, Clark & Enersen. In 1949, Clark & Enersen wrote the master plans for every state park in Nebraska, laying the foundation for similar projects around the Midwest. 

At the time of his death, he was the only person to be recognized as a fellow in both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the AIA. Enersen retired in 1977.


1952 - The Benjamin Boyce Residence, 1200 Dwire Place, Durham. Designed while Enersen was at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Sold in 1983 to Daniel Lapadula. Sold in 1990 to Judith Moscovitz.  Sold in 1995 to Howard Hochman. Sold in 2005 to Cameron and Naomi Ingram.  Deeded in 2013 to Cameron Ingram.  Has been extensively renovated. 


See also the Thomas Stanback house under Jim Webb.

Sources include:  Stephen Dooda, 1956 AIANC Guide.