2013 Durham Magazine profile on Condoret
JON ANDRE CONDORET (1934-2010)
Condoret was born in Algiers, Algeria. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the L'Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris in 1959. He moved to North Carolina from Algeria in 1962 to work for Archie Davis.
In 1967 he worked as Winn/Condoret Architects with partner Sumner Winn. In 1968, he worked for Don Stewart at CPAA before going out on his own, designing strikingly modern homes across Chapel Hill and Chatham County, including many as Senior Architect for Fearrington. In 1992, he designed Caring House, (below) a hotel for adult cancer patients receiving outpatient treatment at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. His daughter is Chapel Hill architect Arielle Schechter.
1965 - Condoret designed his own house at 5809 Cascade Drive, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1976 to James T. Moore. Sold in 1980 to Joan W. Meade. Sold in 1989 to John R. Thompson III and Steven Kohn. Landscape design by Bell/Glazener Design Group. Sold in 2011 to Andrew C. Burns III and Julia Burns. Top photo by Julie Hollenbeck. Interior photos by James Blackburn.
1968 - The Charles B. and Kathryn P. Huestis House,
1803 Woodburn Road, Durham.
1969 - The Linda and Allan Kornberg Residence, 23 Scott Place, Durham. Sold in 1994 to Richard and Linda Kulka. The Kulka's left and it sat empty for a few years. Sold in 2005 to Dwayne and Rosie Andrews who did extensive renovations. Became a rental. Went into foreclosure with neglect and damage from previous tenants. Top five photos are from around 2005. Bottom two photos are from December 2011 when the property was close to being a teardown. Put on the TMH Endangered List. Sold in 2012 to Zia and Thomas Oatley. They did a renovation designed by Center Studio Architecture and built by Craig Fox.
1969 - The Albert and Sedrid Nelius Residence,
3112 Sprunt Avenue, Durham.
1970 - The Athos and Anna D. Ottolenghi Residence,
1510 Woodburn, Durham.
9719 Rougemont Road, Bahama NC. 14 acres. Sold to Marlon Peyton.
1972 - The Mary S. Anderson residence, 618 Beech Tree Court, Chapel Hill. As of 2011 still owned by Mary Anderson.
1972 - The Richard and Pat Hughes House, 2512 West Club Boulevard, Durham. 2266 square feet. Sold in 2001 to Rafael Lopez-Barrantes. Sold in 2007 to Brenda Pomeroy. Bottom two photos by Allen Weiss.
1972 - The Robert and Jane Parr Residence, 701 Kenmore Road, Chapel Hill. The Parrs traveled to Japan many times and wanted a house that embodied the Japanese aesthetic as shown by the cream and dark wood exterior. As of 2011 still owned by Jane Parr.
1973 - The L. Arthur and Florence Larson Residence, 1 Learned Place, Durham. Commissioned 1971. Condoret said it was his favorite project of all time. Top two photos by Condoret. The Pickett family graveyard is located at the end of its driveway. Sold to Donald Beskind and Wendy Robineau in 1994. Originally 4825 sf. Renovation by architect Fu-Tung Cheng, built by Landmark Renovation. Landscape entry design in 2008 by Judy Harmon. Master bedroom renovations in 2011, designed by owners in consultation will Bill Waddell and Vinny Petrarca and built by Krichco. Now 6040 sf. Most photos by Wendy Robineau. Toured by TMH in 2013. Bottom four photos by Ormando Harris and Leilani Carter.
1973 - The Cal and Roz Kovens Residence, 1921 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill. Built by Cal and Scott Kovens. Sold in 1985 to Peter and Margaret Bennett. Sold in 1994 to Sharon Ochsman. Renovated in 1995. Sold to Paul Green, Jr. in 2007, who put in an elevator. Sold in 2008 to John and Barbara Watkin. Photos by John Watkin.
1973 - The Donald and Barbara Moore Residence, 920 Chowan Avenue, Durham. Sold to Karen Moore. Deeded to The Chowan Group LLC, controlled by Moore.
1975 - The Javad and Mina Vakilzadeh Residence, 634 Kensington Drive, Chapel Hill. Built by JP Goforth. Sold in 1999 to Michele Hoyman and Michael Mackuen who still owned it as of 2012.
1975 - The Raymond and Mary Mulligan Residence, 10 Digby Place, Durham. Built by Clarence Hines of Hillsborough. Sold in 1979 to celebrity bookie and sports commentator James G. (Jimmy the Greek) Snyder and his wife Joan. Sold in 1996 after Snyder's death to James O. and Ann Berger who still owned it as of 2012. 5600 sf on 2 acres next to a golf course.
1975 - 5618 Brisbane Drive, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1990 to Janet Boudreau, still owner as of 2014.
1976 - The Bill Carlton Terry Residence,2009 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill.
1976 - The Arie and Anita Lewin Residence,
804 Cedar Falls Road, Chapel Hill.
1977 - The Ronald and Dorothy Baker House,
622 Wells Court, Chapel Hill.
1978 - The Eric L. and Barbara B. Effman Residence,
112 Stoneridge Drive, Chapel Hill.
1979 - The Richard C. and Elizabeth Morey Residence, 104 Stone Creek Court, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1991 to Elizabeth A. Morey Tessman. Sold in 2006 to the Tessman Family Trust. Features stained glass by Joan Condoret, Jon's wife. Bottom photo by Nicole Alvarez. Sold in 2012 to Brian and Kendall McGlynn.
1981 - The James and Frances Davis Residence, 6 Harvey Place, Durham. Sold in 1992 to Philip Lehman and Judy Kincaid. Sold in 2007 to David and Mary Lee Lobach. 4468 square feet. Interior photos by Judy Kincaid.
1981 - The Sarah Chetney and Brooks McCuen Residence, 2807 Montgomery Street, Durham. Sold in 2013 to Toby A. Ritterhoff and David W. Oldach.
1981 - The Christopher S. and Lisa Best Residence, 152 Turtle Run, Pittsboro NC. Sold in 2007 to Thomas John Van Steenberg and Nancy J. Talbot. Sold in 2013 to Valerie L. Wallen.
1982 - The Allen and Marcia Roses House, 9 Womble Circle, Durham. Sold in 1998 to Robert and Shelley Beason. Sold in 2008 to Dan and Sumedha Ariely. Four bedrooms, 4249 square feet.
1983 - The Larry Sumney Residence,
223 Longwood Drive, Chapel Hill. Sold to Todd Lapidus in 1998.
1984 - The Len and Beatrice Prosnitz Residence,
114 Stoneridge Drive, Chapel Hill.
1985 - The Ernest and Mildred Mario House, One Friday Lane, Chapel Hill. The land was sold in 1984 by William Friday to Wells Management Group who built this as a spec house. Sold to the Marios in 1987. Sold to PHH Homequity Corp in 1989. Sold in 1991 to Liang and Dixie Soo who still owned it as of 2012. Top photo by Nicole Alvarez.
1985 - The Lowell and Mary Elizabeth King Residence, 1720 Tisdale Road, Durham. Sold in 1997 to Wayne and Elva Massey. Sold in 2004 to Charlotte and James Stivers, still owners as of 2014.
1986 - The James and Susan Bernstein Residence,
117 Sheffield Circle, Chapel Hill.
1987 - The John K. Kittredge Residence, 878 Pinehurst Drive, Chapel Hill. Sold to Amy Kittredge George in 2000. Sold in 2001 to Alain and Nicole Boutault. Top pictures from 1987, bottom photos from 2008. Sold in 2009 to Bengt A. and Ingrid Sjoelin. Bottom two photos by the Sjoelins.
1987 - The Steven and Laura Maier Residence, 123 Steeplechase, Chapel Hill. As of 2011 still owned by the Maiers. Bottom photo by Nicole Alvarez.
1987 - The Stanley Levy Residence,
3500 Cedarwood Court, Chapel Hill.
1987 - The John T. Ward and Pamela Whitney House, 10000 Old Warden Road, Raleigh. Sold in 2015 to Dorothee Thielisch.
1988 - The Anna R. Hayes Residence, 3301 Arthur Minnis Road, Hillsborough. Although traditionally southern on the outside, the house has a more modern interior. Sold in 2012 to the Stephen Smith Trust. Top photo by James Blackburn.
1989 - The D. Michael Warner and Elizabeth (Betty) B. Craven Residence, 4112 Powder Mill Road, Durham. Condoret designed the original house, an auto museum (bottom photo) in 1998, a guest house in 2002, a pool house, a conservatory, and an extensive addition to the original house. Except for the original house, everything was built by Caledonia Construction.
1989 - The Sheldon and Doren Pinnell Residence, 3127 Surrey Road, Durham. Originally built by Metz and Dehart. 90% was destroyed in 2010 for an extensive renovation by architect Hutch Johnson. Leon Meyers did most of the construction; the house was completed by another firm. The complete makeover included Bulthaup cabinetry; Aventine casework; oriental garden; a backyard gazebo; solar power; a home theater, and more. The interior designer was Maho Abe at Zen Associates in Boston; her husband, Shin, designed the garden and Zen’s installation crew did the installation.
1990 - The Jean S. and William H. Glaze House, 2411 Pickard Mountain Drive, Hillsborough. Sold in 2004 to Michael A. Turner. Deeded in 2006 to Harshini and Michael A. Turner. Sold later in 2006 to Monica and Paul Sylvestre. For sale in 2014.
1990 - The Rudy Y. Riggs and James (Jim) Phillips House, 830 Terry Road, Hurdle Mills NC. Still owned by Riggs and Phillips as of 2014. Photos by Jim Phillips.
1991 - The James and Sandra Swenberg Residence,
2660 Rock Rest Road, Pittsboro NC.
1995 - The Patricia Pukkila and Gordon Worley House,
408 Deming, Chapel Hill.
Condoret's daughter, architect Arielle Schechter, is working on documenting more of his work.
Sources include: The Town and Gown Architecture of Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1795-1975
by M. Ruth Little, his daughter architect Arielle Schechter, Scott Kovens, Leon Meyers.