The Mobile Modernist House Tour
About 50 people visited inside seven Modernist houses, from classics to remodels to new construction, from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to Greensboro to Durham -- and back -- on our catered, wifi-equipped, restroom-equipped touring bus. They spent the day with fellow architecture fans rockin' to some of the best architecturein the state.
The Ed Loewenstein House, Greensboro, designed by
Tonic Design/Tonic Construction
The Chappell House, Raleigh, designed and built by
Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, designed by
Litwinski House, Chapel Hill, designed and built by Ramon
The 2012 Brame House, Durham, designed byPhil Szostak.
"A first class ticket to all things modern. Exceptional tour with attention to detail executed at every turn, thanks to George, Eleanor, and their assiduous team of volunteers. Bonus opportunity to speak directly with the architects, builders, and owners. I found my favorite home muse... until we visited the next dwelling.... Brimming with inspiration, sugarplums and modern homes have been dancing in my dreams ever since. Thanks to TMH for such terrific exposure to such exquisite gems in the Triangle. So glad I found your wonderful organization. Bravo!" -- Suzanne Kratzer
"Modapalooza was a hoot. Artie and I had a ball. I can only begin to imagine what it must take to charm folks into allowing a busload of visitors to interrupt their Saturday, schedule bus travel seemingly to the minute, arrange for a van full of barbeque to be waiting at just the right time on I-40, and keep a bunch of curious folks on schedule with a smile on your faces. All done with style and grace. Thanks for making it possible to have an intimate look at seven fine houses. It was a great day." -- Dail Dixon
"Thanks for the opportunity to go with you guys to Modapalooza last weekend. We had a great time. You arranged for some great homes on the tour. And as usual your hospitality was outstanding! Looking forward to more events with the Mod Squad." -- Jennifer Gundersdorff
"Thank you for a great day. You are a tremendous organizer and we both appreciated your care and leadership." -- Brigid Hogan
"What a nice one! Everything was so well organized, the houses were beautiful, the hosts were charming, we saw a lot of art, and we had a beautiful weather. What a day! Congratulations for this hard work and thanks a lot" -- Michele Bernoux
T4A was at Triangle Brick's new building designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. People got to create their own personal brick carving/sculpture.
Featuring the "brick garden," a unique outdoor showcase of brick types, sizes, and shapes.
28 architectural adventurers visitedFrank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater, had a private reception on one of the terraces, visited Wright's Kentuck Knob (group photo), toured the Ohiopyle area, visited a Neutra house in Uniontown PA, and visited the Abrams House in Pittsburgh in a whirlwind weekend!
"Many thanks for hosting the Fallingwater trip.It was wonderful andI cannot believe that we did so much in such a short time! Of course, the highlight was Fallingwater, which was even more magnificent than imagined! I had often seen pictures of the house - but "being there" took my breath away. Mr. Wright was truly a man of vision. Who else could have imagined a house built over a waterfall! Kentuck Knob was charming. The interior was warm and inviting, and enjoyed the pictures provided by the owners. Manythanks to them for allowing us to visit intheir home. Not to be missedwas thenearby mountain view which was magnificent! The house tours were expected, but unexpected was the lovelymountain drive, the stop nearacascading stream, theFrank Lloyd Wright movies, and delicious box lunches - who could ask for more! I was surprised by and delighted with the city of Pittsburgh. I did notrealize that it was so large.Glad that you suggested the tram fora view of the city. Also, very much enjoyed the Abrams house which wasunique and interesting! Thank you for being a wonderful tour guide and gracioushost. I look forward to additional trips." -- Ann Shivers
"Thanks for organizing a great trip. I loved the houses, loved the company and you made the trip so easy and fun. It was altogether brilliant! I look forward to joining you on another trip sometime soon."
-- Debby Lubell
"George, I first became aware of FLW's work over spring break my Junior year at Tulane University. Instead of going to a beach somewhere to get drunk and sunburned, a group of students (and chaperones -- it was the 60's after all!) from the Schools of Art and Architecture took the train from New Orleans to Chicago. We spent one day touring the Chicago Art Institute and another day touring the FLW buildings in the nearby suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest. I was hooked for life on his work! Over the years, my desire grew to see as many of his buildings as possible. Of course, Fallingwater topped the list. This trip was a dream come true for me. However, I did experience one big surprise that I never would have expected. While Fallingwater is truly a legendary icon, I discovered that I could not visualize myself living there (maybe in the guest house, but not the main house). On the other hand, I could and did visualize myself living at Kentuck Knob. I could easily imagine sitting in the living room at Kentuck Knob with my dog, surrounded by my books, my music, and my modest art collection. It is an image that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. If Fallingwater is a Las Vegas showgirl (or a Chippendales's guy), then Kentuck Knob is the girl (or guy) next door. Thank you for including Kentuck Knob on the tour, and also for including some "quality time" in Pittsburgh. This trip has changed my perception of Pittsburgh 200% for the better! I would love to visit Pittsburgh again sometime (just not in winter!). You've hit another one out of the park, George. Can't wait for Auldbrass. Thanks again." -- Linda DeShaw
"George you did it again! You are a ‘weekend trip taker’s’ dream. Wayne and I so loved our transforming trip to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and inspirations beyond. So much joy, camaraderie, vision, and creative stimulation in 36 hours! Thank you for your gift of organization, maximizing time spent on quality sites, surprises, planned ‘down time’, and ultimate focus on the very worthy project of preserving, maintaining, and encouraging modernist homes. Best wishes to you and yours for continued success!" --Shirley Drechsel
The Getty Trust commissioned Maysles Films to document the process of bringing the billion-dollar project to fruition. And the filmmakers' access permitted them to record the arduous, often contentious events that led to the opening of the Getty Center. Meier, noted for his spare white enameled modernist buildings, was, from the outset, up against the local residents and a conditional use permit with more than 100 provisions, including one that insisted that the exteriors of the center be constructed primarily of stone. Along the way, Meier was also pitted against John Walsh, the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Walsh's traditionalist focus on an interior design that would best display the center's collections. Toward the end, the Getty Trust, with Harold M. Williams as its president and chief executive and Stephen Rountree as its vice president, turned to Thierry W. Despont, an architect who concerned himself with the interiors, and Robert Irwin, an artist charged with landscaping the center's central gardens -- a man who clearly vexed Mr. Meier, usually seen maintaining a rather cheerful if long-suffering demeanor. Throughout, Meier struggles to realize a conception that no end of meetings and drawings and scale models seem ever to make visible in full subtlety and glory to anyone but himself. Ever, that is, until the very end.
McConnell Studios hosted over 140 people in Raleigh with food, a great band, free etched glasses, and a chance to view his amazing creations around the giant studio. Photo by Leilani Carter.
People's Choice Prizes
Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks
AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design
A project of the World Monuments Fund, Modernism at Risk consisted of 27 large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore of six Modern landmarks. Central to the exhibit was engaging the public to care about modern buildings and to demonstrate that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable.
The exhibit also included rare architectural models from the NCSU College of Design and NCSU Special Collections. Some had not been viewable to the public in 40 years! There was also a slideshow of destroyed and endangered NC Modernist houses. Photos by Leilani Carter and Lesley Glascock. About 350 people attended.
A project of the World Monuments Fund, Modernism at Risk consists of 27 large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore representing five case studies exploring the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks. Central to the exhibit is engaging a larger public to care about modern buildings and to demonstrate that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable. Read more about ithere.
Exclusively for this exhibit, North Carolina State University loaned six architectural models rarely if ever seen by the public, including the Douglas Fir House, above, by George Matsumoto (destroyed); the NC Medical Society Building by Milton Small; the Kamphoefner House by Milton Small and George Matsumoto; the Fadum House by James Fitzgibbon; Harrelson Hall at NCSU by Terry Waugh (scheduled for demolition); and Raleigh City Hall, designed by Milton Small (scheduled for demolition). Many thanks to NCSU Special Collections / Todd Kosmerick, and the NCSU College of Design / Dean Marvin Malecha. There were also new Modernist house models on display by architecture students from the studios by Professor David Hill.
TMH had a slideshow of North Carolina houses either endangered or no longer standing, including the 1954 Catalano House, above, designed by NCSU School of Design ProfessorEduardo Catalano.
Live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves, cash bar, food for purchase, plus giveaways from the TMH archives. About 110 people attended. Party photos by Leilani Carter.
This season’s first T4A Happy Hour featured CAM's recent exhibition, Born Digital, great food and drink, entertainment from Eyes Go Lightning, an all-architect and engineer rock and roll band, and a wild game of musical Modernist chairs sponsored by Nowell's Contemporary Furniture. Refreshments provided by ModernHomeAuctions.com. About 120 people attended. Photos by Leilani Carter.
The TMH Hope Valley Modernist House Tour
Over 400 people spent a gorgeous spring Saturday afternoon in the beautiful Hope Valley neighborhood of Durham -- touring four unique homes, one brand new, one four years old, and two beautifully renovated mid-century moderns. This was TMH's 29th house tour. Photos by Leilani Carter.
The 2008 Monica Hunter House, designed by architectBill Waddell and built by Andrew Krichman.
The 2011 Patel House, designed by architect Sanjeev Patel.
Built by Rick Allen, Synergy Building.
The Coonrad/Chute Residence, a mid-century modern ranch renovated and expanded by architect Ellen Cassilly.
The Miriam and Henry Nicholson House, designed by architect Robert (Judge) Carr.
Johnson, the brilliant architect that he was, is at his best in this movie. Entertaining, engaging and informative, the film shows the human side of Johnson and how his extraordinary life shaped his rich architectural legacy.
He was the first winner of the Pritzker Prize, the $100,000 award established in 1979 by the Pritzker family of Chicago to honor an architect of international stature. In 1978, he won the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the highest award the American profession bestows on any of its members. His private Modernist compound in New Canaan CT, known as the Glass House, is now open to the public. About 100 people attended.
"I think I've attended at least three of the previous dinners, but last night was the most relaxed and inclusive, probably due to Ken opening up, and your letting him roll! Instead of just identifying who he was, and the dialogue with Brian was priceless! It just seemed to set the tone in a really good way! Thanks for orchestrating such a lovely evening!" -- Leilani Carter
"Last night was wonderful! It was great to be able to talk to your featured architects in such an intimate setting...AND the food was delicious! I really appreciated the opportunity! -- Toni Kemble
"About last night, my feedback is nothing but stellar!! I would say the following regarding the experience: the conversation was stimulating. The food was delectable. The energy was static. All in all, it was a fun and fascinating night brimming with appreciation and excitement for modern architecture." -- Lesley Alizieri
"Appetite for Architecture - fabulous food, fabulous company, fabulous conversation..." -- Lesley Kees
"I thoroughly enjoyed last night's dinner. The conversation was scintillating and brought together the areas' best and brightest minds who have a mutual love of modernist architecture. So much brilliance in one place can change the world--and will. I felt as if I was attending a cozy salon of like-minded individuals---passionate about modern architecture. The inevitable cross-pollination of ideas at the table was positive and reflected the diversity of the architects and attendees as well. I can only guess how many ideas were incubated and germinated last night. The landscape of our region will be the better for it. Everyone there was warm, gracious and lovely. I look forward to getting to know many of the attendees individually as new friends and associates were made last night. I hope to attend other events in the future and look to volunteer and assist the group in any way possible. Your vision is inspiring, and your passion as a proponent of modernist architecture is infectious." --Lindy Shoaf