Auditors at the
Gundersdorff and Company delivers
divine IRS exorcisms for personal and business possessions!
in situ studios, Raleigh
A whopping 175 people connected with
Matt Griffith and
Erin Sterling Lewis
and their unique style of small, green,
affordable, energy-efficient Modernist houses.
42 people attended this Modernist day trip with four
houses from Historic Charlotte's Mad About Modern and the
rest arranged independently by TMH.
The 1964 Mitchum House, 7212 Benita Drive, designed by
The 1956 Biggs House,
7201 Benita Drive, designed and built by Neal
Arch Biggs, modified from a Better Homes and
2015 Cloister Drive,
renovations by Crutcher Ross.
The 1956 Hyman Polk House, 2101 Cloister Drive,
Lassiter House designed by
A. G. Odell. Almost destroyed two years ago,
the house has been beautifully restored.
award-winning 1959 Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in Belmont NC, designed by
A. G. Odell.
1989 Marilyn K. and
Jerome T. Rodgers House,designed by Overcash
Harris of Charlotte. The project architect was
Tony Miller, who also did subsequent renovations
1982 Mike and Barbara Bernath House, the first house designed by
Stan Russell that
was built. Still with the original
TMH Chicago Architecture Tour
group at the Farnsworth House
at the Chicago Architecture Tour
24 people spent three exciting
days hitting some of the high points of Chicago-area
architecture. Group photo by John Morris, who joined us for
the Chicago Architecture Cruise, as did Raleigh Modernist
homeowner Adrianne Joergenson, who is finishing up a Masters
degree in Architecture in Chicago.
an experience and a wonderful trip!
You planned everything so well that it was very easy to be
part of the group of "adventurers"!
I enjoyed the great variety that this tour offered, (so many
different styles of architecture) and appreciated the great
enthusiasm and knowledge of all the guides who spent a lot
of time with us.
A special thanks to you and your lovely wife who helped a
lot and always with a great smile.
Looking forward to the next trip." -- Michele Bernoux
"Thanks George ... for an awesome and
TMH/VMZINC Chicago Architecture Tour. It is really difficult
to pick out the highlights from Chicago's great
architectural landmarks ... from Frank Lloyd Wright's Home
and Studio and tour of Oak Park area; the Farnsworth House
by Mies Van Der Rohe; the Robie House; and learning about
the buildings downtown via the boat; etc." -- Dale and Kayla
"The trip was great. Isn't Chicago a world class
city? (Too bad about the winter climate!). My favorite
activities were the Oak Park walking tour and the Chicago
River boat trip. As I mentioned to you earlier, the first
time I took a FLW Oak Park tour, I was a junior in college
(age 19). A group of us (art and architecture students from
Tulane) took the train from New Orleans to Chicago over
spring break. We spent a full day touring the Art
Institute, and another full day in Oak Park and River
Forest, touring the FLW buildings. It was the beginning of
my lifelong love affair with FLW's work. Although I have
traveled to Chicago many times since then on business, this
was the first pleasure trip I have taken to Chicago since
that one, so many years ago. And what a pleasure it was!
Thanks for all you do." -- Linda DeShaw
"Loved the trip!
I hadn't realized how much Chicago has to offer.
It's like a laboratory for architecture in the US.
The trip was very well organized.
Could have done without Friday's dinner!
Thanks so much for putting together such a stellar
experience." -- Kitty
(aka Catherine) Bergel
Thirst4Architecture Happy Hour, Buildsense, Durham
Randy Lanou and
and their team's amazing new Green offices, complete
with wind power, solar power, sustainable materials,
even a charging station! They transformed an old
Tire King into a state-of-the-art green building
that is home to BuildSense, ClearVue Glass, and a
yoga studio. Through the implementation of
numerous energy saving strategies and clean energy
generation systems, the building utilizes about 35
percent of the energy required to power a typical
building of the same size and use. The project awarded the Triangle Business
Journal’s Green Commercial Project of the Year.
Over 60 people attended.
The Larson House Tour, Durham
Owner Wendy Robineau with Frank Harmon.
Harmon's wife Judy was the landscape architect for the front
1973 Arthur and Florence Larson Residence in Durham was commissioned
to Chapel Hill architect Jon Condoret in 1971. Over
the next few decades, the Larsons frequently entertained
their friends and fellow Duke faculty, including many
classical music concerts in the large living room.
Photos by Wendy Robineau and Leilani Carter.
Originally, the Larson house was
4825 sf. When the Larsons sold, new owners engaged a renovation
designed by California architect
Fu-Tung Cheng and built by Landmark Renovation. Landscape
architect Judy Harmon did the entry design. In 2011,
there were master bedroom
renovations, expanding the house to 6040 sf. Over 400
NCSU University Club, Raleigh
Smart spoke on Mayberry Modernism to the Construction
Specifications Institute to an audience of 35.
Pioneering Women in North Carolina Architecture
Chapel Hill Preservation
George Smart spoke about early women architects in North
Carolina. 12 people attended at the Horace Williams House.
Four won door prizes!
programming connects hundreds of people within the
architecture-loving public during the warmer months through networking
events called Thirst4Architecture (T4A).
These free, exciting, informal happy hours are
free and open to
the public. We welcome
Modernist homeowners, architects, artists,
designers, realtors, engineers,
contractors, property investors, building managers, Modernist
homeowners, materials and furniture dealers – or anyone
with a huge crush on great architecture.
T4A events focus on building
relationships, generating passion about good design, creating
strategic alliances, and connecting people to each other. There are no presentations
the fun and make new design friends and contacts!
Featured free refreshments and a
look at the operations of the Triangle's largest art,
furniture, and wine auction house. Hillsborough Mayor
Tom Stevens was there to welcome the 95 people who
Smart spoke on Mayberry Modernism to an excited crowd of 65
real estate agents.
Elon Law School, Greensboro
Smart spoke on Mayberry Modernism to an enthusiastic
audience of 40 people in a building designed by
Knock Knock: The
Triangle's Most Unusual Houses is a collaborative series of articles between the Durham Herald-Sun and TMH to spotlight exceptional residential architecture.
Poulos-Tate House, designed by Lee Munson
The Forest at Duke,
About 150 people attended.
Knock Knock: The
Triangle's Most Unusual Houses is a collaborative series of articles between the Durham Herald-Sun
and TMH to spotlight exceptional residential architecture.
The Owen and
Dorothy Smith House, designed by Owen Smith
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Raleigh Grande, Raleigh
husband-and-wife Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded
as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best
remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass
furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending
variety of other products, from splints for wounded military
during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media
exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. Over 85 people
The Owen Smith House Tour
February 2013, Raleigh
Owen Smith was the longest practicing
architect in North Carolina until he died in 2012. The 1960 Owen and Dorothy Smith Residence, designed by Owen Smith,
is 5,000 square feet, one of Raleigh's largest Modernist houses
of the mid-century era. The house has not been on public tour
since 1960. Smith used the basement for about a decade as an architectural office with a staff of six.
Smith and his family have owned it for over 50 years. Beautifully maintained, the house will be going on the market
later in 2013. Over 300 people attended.
The Architecture of John Lautner
About 20 people attended.
Knock Knock: The
Triangle's Most Unusual Houses
is a collaborative series of articles between the Durham Herald-Sun
and TMH to spotlight exceptional residential architecture.
The Knight House, designed by
Ellen Cassilly, Phil Freelon, and
Nneena Freelon. What did internationally-known
architect Phil Freelon do when faced with designing his
family's 2200sf penthouse condo in downtown Durham's Kress building? He hired an architect!
wife Nneena, and architect Ellen Cassilly discussed their
unique collaboration on one of Durham's most unique
The 1933 building is one of the largest and most elaborately
decorated Art Deco buildings in North Carolina and was the
site of lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960's.
"The dinner with Nnenna Freelon, Phil Freelon and Ellen
Cassilly was the most fun! Not to mention interesting,
mentally stimulating AND great food. An experience not to be
forgotten....many, many thanks to George, Ellen, Phil and
Nnenna. " -- Bill Speigel
"Another great dinner. I'm
learning so much about architecture at these dinners.
Thanks so much for the time and care putting them
together." -- Sarah Sonke
wonderful evening. Ellen, Phil and Nneena were fabulous and
I learned so much. Thank you George and all the special
guests. Dinner great, conversation exciting and group
participants outstanding." -- Marge Yanker
thoroughly enjoyed the A4A dinner Tuesday evening. Thank
you for arranging so many informative and enjoyable events!"
-- Ann Cowperthwaite
Appetite4Architecture follows a different course, and
they've all been unique. But last night, guests Nneena and
Phil Freelon added an new dimension: a high profile
professional couple, jazz vocalist, and major civic building
architect, shared their design process with one of our
favorite residential architects, Ellen Cassilly, in creating
a very Durham urban experience! And there were so many new
and fresh faces who, made professional contacts, and were
surprised to learn about how much TMH offers our design
community." -- Leilani Carter
"I have to
say my first TMC event was just a delight. I’m sorry I have
been missing TMH and the Mod Squad prior to this. The
Freelons and Ellen Cassilly hit a home run with the space
and their free-running description of the process. Nneenna
will probably understand if I quote the title of the first
track on Soulcall: Better Than Anything. The collaborative
love shows through. The use of iPads was unobtrusive and
solved a problem I was afraid I might have, not being able
to visualize the project." -- Ken Coit
A4A dinner events are rare opportunities to enjoy
easy, informal discussions in an upscale
dining environment. You have direct access to some of the
area's best residential architects to explore design, homebuilding, the economy,
furnishings, real estate - or anything else on your mind! There
are no presentations or powerpoint slides --
just great conversations with award-winning cuisine.
Mike Rantilla, and
Petrarca; winners of the
2012 juried Matsumoto Prize for
North Carolina Modernist
residential architecture. This
unique competition featured $6,000 in cash awards and a blue-ribbon
jury of internationally known architects.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the
Appetite4Architecture dinner. The food was excellent, as
expected.. But the conversation was really stimulating and
educational. I learned things I never knew about the
architectural process, the amazing qualities of zink, how to
consider space in a structure and the challenges of dealing
with neighbors when building an unusual custom design. The
diversity of participants was also a delightful surprise.
Many different professions were represented and at least
half were people who had moved to North Carolina from other
states. These dinners are well worth their price and I can
see how they sell out quickly.
" -- Sarah Sonke, Modern
first time participant in the TMH Appetite4Architecture
series, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the evening.
Listening to the perspectives of the prize winning
architects on the elements, inspirations and passions that
drove the creation of their award winning designs while
having to balance the practical constraints that come with
getting a home built was both fascinating and educational.
The small group environment is a great way to facilitate
conversation and allow everyone to be engaged in the
discussions. It is also a great way to meet other people
that share a passion around modernism. I'll
definitely participate again in the future!
Thank you for providing such an interesting venue." --
"Thank you again for the opportunity to attend the TMH
Appetite4Architecture dinner last night. It was such a
pleasure to spend the evening engaged in thought-provoking
discussion with incredibly talented, award-winning
architects, and to meet so many interesting individuals who
share a common passion. I'm looking forward to the next
Appetite4Architecture event, and am so excited to be a part
of this dynamic community that has been brought together
though TMH." -- Emilie
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston
"It was a
great networking opportunity and an excellent way to receive
the architectural inspiration and a buyer/seller/homeowner’s
point of view that drives the passion to preserve and build
modern homes in the Triangle. The conversations from last
night has really sparked my interest in researching modern
homes, and hopefully living in one someday. It
was a pleasure.
" -- Chandra Hester, VMZINC
The Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
It was a wonderful dinner and I thank you at TMH all for
making it happen. The format, venue and food were just
great, and I think everyone enjoyed the discussions with our
prize winning architects. I hope to attend more of these
dinners in the future. Again, thank you for the evening." --
"I truly enjoyed participating in
this event! George Smart and Kim Weiss facilitated a
thought-provoking and interactive discussion which was
educational, insightful and fun. While the food, drink and
atmosphere were superb, I became so engaged in the
salon-type discussion, my "appetite for architecture" was
energized above else. Thanks so much for hosting
such a creative and intimate event that encourages our
community's preservation of and passion for modern design.
-- John Reese, Weinstein Friedlein
Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)
Raleigh Grande Theatre
Destroyed in a dramatic and
highly-publicized 1970's implosion, the giant Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex
has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst Modernist architects,
city and Federal politicians, and the residents
themselves. This film explores the social,
economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of
conventional public housing in America while tracing the personal and poignant
narratives of several of the project's residents.