Mayberry Modernism - North Carolina's
What's North Carolina's greatest
secret? We have the third most modernist houses than anywhere
in the country. Explore some of
the state's modernist gems, many still glorious, some endangered,
and some destroyed forever.
Smart’s discovery of the Triangle’s large
number of “livable works of art” in 2007 led him to start
now the largest open digital archive of Modernist residential architecture
and architects in the nation.
Since 2010, George Smart has taken
Modernism on the road to dozens of AIA NC sections, preservation
organizations, realtor associations, and other groups across the
Mayberry Modernism is available for up to 60 minutes
in length, including time for questions and answers.
is approved by national AIA for 1 to 1.5 hours of LU credit. To book
Mayberry Modernism, contact Kim Weiss at
919.272.8615 or call George directly at 919.740.8407.
Participants learn how thousands of significant Modernist houses
were documented and make available online.
Participants will be able to identify the beginnings of North
Carolina residential Modernist design as part of the larger national
movement in architecture.
Participants learn key differences between Modernist and
Participants learn why North Carolina is the third largest
concentration of Modernist houses in the country.
Participants learn the key architects and key influencers to
establishing North Carolina as a Modernist center.
Participants gain knowledge of 60 years of North Carolina
award-winning residences and assess their own preferences against
Participants learn methods to preserve mid-century Modernist houses
through marketing, preservation, occupancy, and sustainable
Participants discover how documenting, preserving, and promoting
residential Modernist design benefits the architecture and
Participants learn key differences between selling a traditional
house and selling a Modernist house.
Participant gain free access to a digital archive of over 15,000
photos of over 4,100 Modernist houses, along with profiles on over
Participants learn how Smart started what has become the country's
largest open digital archive for Modernist houses and a leader in
saving mid-century modern houses from destruction.
About George Smart
George Smart grew up in
Triangle architecture. His dad was a Raleigh architect for over 40
years who, like many in his generation, was inspired by the exciting
Frank Lloyd Wright's and others in
Modernist movement. George's mom Ann Seltman Smart was a radio
personality on WPTF and made a documentary on architecture
in the 1960's that's still available on YouTube.
Yet, as a
and executive coach,
George showed no interest whatsoever in architecture until 2007.
"I was Googling for
modern houses one night and it was like that scene from
jokes Smart. "Something very powerful exploded from my DNA! One search led to another, then
to a list, then to a website, then to tours, then trips, then
dinners, then movies, then happy hours. Triangle Modernist Houses is now the most detailed archive
in America for residential Modernist architecture."
George Smart and TMH have been honored with historic preservation
awards from the City of Raleigh, Preservation North Carolina, the
Vernacular Architecture Foundation, Preservation Durham, Capital
Area Preservation, and Preservation Chapel Hill. He was
the News and Observer Tar Heel of the Week in June 2012.
The Triangle's most
passionate advocate for Modernist architecture, George facilitates the
public's discovery of these "livable sculptures" through
presentations around the state. His knowledge of
North Carolina modernism combined with the innovative use of
technology for preservation has quickly established a national
reputation for research and advocacy.
gives a fascinating and informative slideshow and presentation about
some of our true architectural treasures - the wealth of Modernist
homes in our area." -- Mark Zimmerman, Chapel Hill
"George Smart's Mayberry Modernism
presentation is entertaining, informative, and inspiring. When the
hour is over you are left wanting to know more. This is okay since
the website has so much great information to explore, and you feel as
though you now have a proper map for your journey." -- Mark Allison, AIA
"Thank you so much for
your exciting presentation to the Winston-Salem Section of the AIA.
I got a lot of great comments from several people afterwards and it
was one of the most well attended luncheons ever."
-- Chad Everhart, AIA, NCARB
"I do want to thank you for making the trip to Wilmington and
speaking to AIA Wilmington and the Cameron Art Museum. We were
pleasantly surprised at the large turnout that we had at the event,
especially for a Monday night. Everyone with whom I spoke afterwards
said that they were impressed with your knowledge of modern
architecture and really enjoyed all of the images that you presented.
I hope that you can bring this lecture to all of the AIA sections in
North Carolina!" --
Laura Miller, AIA,
Cameron Village Library, Raleigh
North Raleigh Library, Raleigh
South Durham Regional Library, Durham
Chatham County Library, Pittsboro
Durham Central Library, Durham
Lappas and Havener Landscape Architects, Durham
Durham Engineers Club, Durham
Carolina Country Club, Raleigh
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill