VINCENT "VINNY" T. 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 the leading Modernist homebuilder in North Carolina with many design awards. Petrarca now co-owns both firms with architect Katherine Hogan. All of the houses below were built by Tonic Construction unless otherwise noted.
2004 - The Petrarca House, aka Honeymoon Cottage, overlooking Crabtree Creek, 4219 Arbutus Drive, Raleigh. 1700 square feet. Cost: an amazing $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.
2004 - The David Hill Addition,
2803 Wayland Drive, Raleigh
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 largest examples of Modernist design. 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 from 2008-2011. Foreclosed in August 2010. Sold in February 2011 to Madhu Beriwal who did a restoration designed by Ellen Cassilly.
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. For sale in 2013.
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 the GREENvilleHOUSE, Greenville NC. 4042 total square feet, integrating photovoltaic technology, solar hot water, and geothermal HVAC systems. This is 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. Tonic project manager Robby Johnston made sure all the wood was FSC-certified, which meant educating every subcontractor and supplier. Was an Architectural Record Home of the Month and a News and Observer Home of the Month. Also 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 an 1960's ranch (left bottom photo). 2400 square feet. Ted Arendes was the project archtiect. Photos by Todd Lanning, Ted Arendes, and George Smart. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Won a 2010 AIANC Merit Award. Won a 2012 AIA Triangle Honor Award.
2010 - The C. Scott Mabry Renovation, 2412 Wentworth, Raleigh.
2011 - The Alex Cedeño House, aka the James River House, James River Watch Drive, Richmond VA. Built by Shearman Associates. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Photo by John Suddath. Part of the TMH Modern Richmond Tour 2011.
2011 - The Alex Rosenberg and Martha
3020 Wade Road, Durham.
2011 - The John and Stacy Crabill House, aka Crabill Modern, 5204 Margon Place, Hillsborough NC. Structural Engineer, Richard Kaydos-Daniels. Part of the TMH Hillsborough Modernist Tour 2011. Part of the AIA Triangle Tour 2012.
2011 - The Oxner Residence, Seven Devils
NC. Built by Vincent Properties Construction.
2014 - The Henry and Janni Cone House, Wake Forest NC.
2014 - The Mark and Lesley Zimmerman House, Orange County NC.
Sources include: Jim Schafer, John Chiles, Sally Bugg, Kenneth Hobgood, Phil Szostak, Ted Arendes, Katherine Hogan, Vinny Petrarca, Ilsy Chappell, Heather Washburn, Davis Hammer, Robby Johnston, Custom Home Magazine.
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