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VINCENT THOMAS "VINNY" PETRARCA (1972-)
Petrarca was born in Brooklyn NY and went to high school in Charlotte. He interned at Gunn Hardaway then attended the NCSU College of Design, receiving a BEDA in 1994 and Bachelors of Architecture in 1999. He worked for Frank Harmon from 1993 to 2003 and left to start Tonic Design and Tonic Construction with Charles Holden and Heather Washburn. Tonic became a leading North Carolina design-build firm with many design awards.
Petrarca has been an adjunct Architecture faculty member at North Carolina State University’s College of Design for many years, receiving a 2013-2014 Faculty Design Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for the design of Crabill Modern, below.
His wife, architect Katherine Hogan, joined the firm in 2008 and became co-owner. In 2013, Petrarca and Hogan were named Residential Architect magazine’s “Rising Stars” out of all young firms in the nation. All of the houses below were built by Tonic Construction unless otherwise noted.
2004 - The Petrarca House, aka Honeymoon Cottage, overlooking Crabtree Creek, 4219C Arbutus Drive, Raleigh. 1700 square feet. Cost: an amazingly low $140,000. The sleek, modern kitchen was constructed for about $1700, using an IKEA cabinet system and concrete and Galvalume steel countertops. Won an AIANC Award and a SARC Award. Featured in the November/December 2003 issue of DWELL as well as on the cover of 25 Houses Under 1500 Square Feet. Photos by James West. Sold in 2011 to Heather Cross.
2004 - The David and Margaret Hill Addition, 2803 Wayland Drive, Raleigh NC. Designed by David Hill. Built by Tonic Construction.
2004 - The Rod McCowan House, 222 Tennwood Court, Durham. This incredible home took four years from start to finish and is one of the Triangle's largest Modernist houses. It took so long due to numerous design changes plus squabbles between the architects. Frank Harmon basically designed the exterior. Petrarca and Charles Holden, both of whom by then had left Harmon's firm, did the rest of the project. Petrarca’s Tonic Construction and Sigmon Construction built it. Four bedrooms, 6456 square feet, four full bathrooms, two half baths. Was on the market and essentially abandoned from 2008-2011. Sold in 2011 to Madhu Beriwal who did a restoration designed by Ellen Cassilly. For rent in 2017.
2006 - The John and Molly Chiles Residence, 4217 Laurel Ridge Drive, Raleigh. 3,800 square feet on 1.83 acres. Petrarca and Charles Holden designed this unique home on the steel frame of a previous residence left in disrepair for 15 years. James Franklin Taylor, a product design graduate of the NCSU School of Design, built the original frame and house in the 1970’s with his buddy Ligon Flynn. Taylor constantly changed things, taking apart whole sections and rebuilding (top photo). He even had a room like a hovercraft that would "float" around the steel frame. Most of the time, however, the house was in tarps. It was constantly under construction from Taylor's tinkering. Taylor decided to move to the Bahamas and lived in a Frank Harmon house. After Taylor's death, his wife sold the land to the Chiles. Petrarca did the construction. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Second photo by Leilani Carter. Other photos by James West.
2006 - The Kevin and Melissa Collins Residence, 3920 Woodbine Road, Raleigh. 3814 square feet on 2.15 acres. Won an AIA Triangle award in 2007. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels.
2008 - The Todd and Jodie Lanning Residence, 111 Rosecrans Court, Cary. Built for Petrarca's sister and brother-in-law. Photos by James West. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Sold in 2016 to Bogdan and Natallia Drobau.
2008 - The Doug and Ann Sharpe Renovation, 401 Silver Hill Road, Concord MA. Built by SD Fitzgerald of Concord. The principal architect was Heather Washburn. Robby Johnston was a project designer. A renovation and reorganization of a 1960's house, bottom photo. Top three photos by Anton Grassl/Esto.
2008 - The Jim Schafer Residence, South Landing Lot #6, Leasburg, NC. Unbuilt.
2009 - The Bobby and Kristi Walters Residence, aka GREENvilleHOUSE, 2231 Lexington Farm Rd, Greenville NC. 4042 total square feet, integrating photovoltaic technology, solar hot water, and geothermal HVAC systems. This was the first LEED Silver Modernist house in North Carolina. Commissioned 2005. Features a combination of storefront floor-to-ceiling and aluminum-framed operable and non-operable windows; maple built-ins and cabinets designed by Tonic; maple floors; and ipe decks. Project architect Robby Johnston made sure all the wood was FSC-certified, which meant educating every subcontractor and supplier. Energy Modeling and Certification: Southern Energy. Management. NC Solar Center: Marshall Dunlap. Cabinetry and Millwork: Xylem Inc. Metal Fabrication: Matt McConnell.
The house was an Architectural Record Home of the Month and a News and Observer Home of the Month. Won a 2010 AIANC COTE Environmental Design Award. Roof by Pickard Roofing. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Photos by Todd Lanning, Gravitation Studios. Part of the TMH Downeast Tour, March 2011. Won 3rd Place from the Jury in the 2012 George Matsumoto Prize.
2010 - The George Smart and Eleanor Stell Residence, 5409 Pelham Road, Durham, on the lakefront site of a 1960's ranch (left bottom photo). Commissioned 2008. 2400 square feet. Ted Arendes was the project architect. Consulting architect, David Hill. Photos by Todd Lanning, Ted Arendes, and George Smart. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Won a 2010 AIA North Carolina Merit Award. Won a 2012 AIA Triangle Honor Award. Won 1st place 2014 George Matsumoto Prize Jury Award.
2010 - The Michael Mezzatesta and Nancy Kitterman Addition/Renovation, 1908 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill. Built by David Ballard. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. The original house (top photo), architect unknown, was built in 1962 for Earl and Rhoda Hunter Wynn by Van Thomas of Siler City. Sold in 2016 to Judy R. Kane.
2010 - The C. Scott Mabry Renovation, 2412 Wentworth, Raleigh. The original house was built in 1977. Sold to Greg and Lisa Raschke in 2013.
2011 - The Alex Cedeño House, aka the James River House, 9151 James Riverwatch Drive, Richmond VA. Built by Shearman Associates. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Part of the TMH Modern Richmond Tour 2011, bottom photo. Sold in 2015 to Gautham Kalahasty.
2011 - The John and Stacy Crabill House, aka Crabill Modern, aka Weathering House, 5204 Margon Place, Hillsborough NC. Structural engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Won a 2016 AIA Triangle Design Award. Video.
2011 - The Elmar and Christina Merkle House, 106 Blue Dog Lane, Durham. Unbuilt. Another house by Tonic was built there later for a different client.
2012 - The Todd and Laura Oxner Residence, 286 East Rocky Top Trail, Seven Devils NC. David Hill, consulting architect. Commissioned 2011. Built by Vincent Properties Construction. Plumbing by Thunder Hill Plumbing.
2012 - The Compton's Pond House, 141 Blue Heron Lane, Hillsborough NC. Unbuilt.
2016 - The Chris Block House, Piney Mountain Road, Durham NC.
2016 - The David M. and Paula Byrd Addition, 1323 Williamson Drive, Raleigh NC.
2017 - The Frank Thompson House, aka Frame House, Smedes Place, Raleigh. Unbuilt.