bulldozers are on the way to Modernist houses, people tend to blame developers --
which is unfair. Developers typically come only after many opportunities to
save a house have been ignored. The real enemies: vacancy, time, and
unrealistic selling prices. The following houses (and the owners who
need your encouragement and support!
1953 - The Hilda Cannady
1009 West Cobb Street, Durham.
Latimer. 1200 sq ft on the first
floor and another 800 in the finished basement. Sold in 1961 to
Glenn J. and Anne Farrell. Sold in 1980 to Grace R. Walters.
Sold in 2001 to Stanley McCauley who is willing to sell. Two very large
patios up and downstairs. Nearly every south facing wall is covered
with windows. Hardwood floors, 2 chimneys with 3 different
fireplaces. On 1 acre.
1972 - The Jeter and Peggy Floyd House,
3410 Kem Drive, Winston-Salem. For sale in 2013 as a teardown. Foreclosed in 2012.
On the market for just $20,000! Hey Triad
residents, buy this one and fix it up!
1951 - The A. M.
and Ruth Fleishman Residence,
2614 Morganton Road, Fayetteville NC.
As of 2011 owned by Dara and Stefani Wolff.
Jim Brandt was
the draftsman. Built by Ed Rynick. Photos by
Has seriously deteriorated; by 2013 on the market as a
teardown. We've heard it is recoverable.
1960 - The L. Dow and Rhea
Pender Jr. House,
6616 Rest Haven, Raleigh. Designed by
Secluded on 6.1 acres. Perfect for an artist! Includes a 1000sf+ entire
heated lower floor of studio and gallery space. Excellent condition.
For sale since early 2010.
1970 - The Mark
5300 Hardison Road,
Charlotte NC. Designed by California's
Lawrence Allen Bernstein,
Mark’s brother, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. 1 acre. Vacant since 2006 because the seller has
well-intentioned but highly unreasonable deed restriction demands for the buyer.
Went on the market in early 2009. Down to $768,000 from $975,000,
Off the market, but still vacant and has not sold. Contact Gail Jodon,
Modern Charlotte Realty.
- The John Voorhees House,
2727 North Mayview,
Raleigh. For sale
since May 2011 as a lot, $269,900.
However, the house is recoverable with a lot of work and you get an
immense amount of building materials -- and a backhoe.
When homes are
vacant, they decay faster. They are more susceptible to
weather and vandalism when no one is around to care. We best preserve North Carolina Modernist houses
by keeping them occupied. Without active owners (or
tenants), vacant houses suffer a slow, painful deterioration often resulting in
As part of an ongoing mission of preservation,
the TMH list reduces time on the market and gets these Modernist houses the caring
occupants they deserve.
The vast majority of real estate MLS
systems do not distinguish Modernist houses. They are generally lumped
in with Contemporaries. However, Triangle MLS made the distinction in 2012,
and now realtors can search the 16-county system for "Modernist" houses.
Access The Complete List of Houses For Sale or For
This is a sortable list including dates posted, years
built, mapable addresses (use Visualize/Map), architects, links to more
information on the architects and houses, links to MLS sites.
No warranties of
accuracy or availability are expressed or implied for these listings.
Please verify all information independently.
Many thanks to Virginia
Faust of Howard Perry and Walston who keeps this list updated.
Submit a Modernist
House For Sale
Anyone may submit, not just the
owner or agent. There is no charge. Please
email@example.com with the following information:
Year House Completed, if known
Name of Original Homeowner, if known
Address (number, street, city, state, zip)
Architect's Name (if known for sure - don't guess)
Current Homeowner Name and Phone Number
MLS Link (if any), or Contact Name if For Sale
Any other comments about the house or its history
Please attach photos, at least two of the inside and two
from the outside, if possible.
All submissions are subject
to review and approval is not guaranteed.
What do we look for in evaluating houses for inclusion in TMH? In general:
-- a flat or low-pitched roof; lack of an attic
combination of rooms, aka an open plan
-- extensive use of glass to
bring in nature and light
-- unusual interior or exterior geometry
unusual in comparison to others in the area
-- connected to the architects we document
What are some differences between a Contemporary
and a Modernist house? Contemporary houses:
-- significantly fewer square feet of windows
pitched roof or presence of an attic
-- similar to others in the area
(Contemporaries are often produced in quantity)
-- presence of
traditional interior trim and components (i.e. Williamsburg on the inside)
Want to get thousands more eyeballs on your Modernist house?
"I'm an agent and put an ad
for a Modernist home up on the TMH For Sale page. Within two hours I
received a call from an agent who will be bringing a client to see the
property this week. She didn't see it on MLS where it's been listed for
several weeks, but saw it on TMH. Advertising on TMH gives a lot of bang
for the buck and I totally recommend this site for selling unique and
modernist homes." -- Sarah Sonke, AuctionFirst