extraordinary example of mid-century architecture is considered by many to
be one of Cogswell’s most inspired residential designs. Built in 1969 as his
personal residence, the home won an AIA North Carolina Design award in 1971
and was one of the first homes in the state to be built around a courtyard
course of the last decade the home was not properly maintained and fell into
disrepair. So we’ll be honest - it's not going to look like these photos.
interest of preserving the home, Cogswell’s daughters have partnered with
Szostak of Szostak Build and Modernist real estate specialist
Emilie Huin to oversee a
partial renovation and to bring the home to a place where a new owner can take
it to the next level in confidence.
daughters Elizabeth and Amanda (who grew up in the home) will be on hand
Emilie and someone from Szostak's office to answer questions. The home will be listed for sale in
early August. In the meantime, please contact Emilie Huin at
door at 306 North Elliott is the James Prothro House, also designed by Cogswell. Although not
open for this tour, you can observe it from the sidewalk.
Cogswell FAIA (1930-2010) was born in Jacksonville FL. He graduated in Drama from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1952 and served in the
Air Force during the Korean War. After graduating from the NCSU
School of Design in 1959, he worked for
at CPAA before opening up his own firm in 1962.
exemplified former NCSU School of Design Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s
conviction that “the social responsibilities are as vital as the
design.” Cogswell left a legacy of mid-century houses that are
still prized today. Posthumously, he received a special
Kamphoefner Prize honor in 2012 from AIA North Carolina.