The 1969 Arthur Cogswell House Tour
308 North Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
Saturday, August 16, 10am to 1pm

This 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 pool. 

Over the 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. 

In the interest of preserving the home, Cogswell’s daughters have partnered with Phil 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. 

Cogswell’s daughters Elizabeth and Amanda (who grew up in the home) will be on hand along with 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 or 919.381.7534.

Bonus: Next 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.

Arthur 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 Don Stewart at CPAA before opening up his own firm in 1962.  His career 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.

T I C K E T S   &  T H E   F I N E   P R I N T

308 North Elliott Road, Chapel Hill.  For your safety, as North Elliott is a busy street,
please park on the adjacent street at the corner, Audubon.
  • Advance discount tickets for the general public are $5.95 in advance and $10 at the door.  Mod Squad member tickets are $1 in advance and $10 at the door.  Children who are carried or in strollers are free. 

  • Advance tickets are not mailed.  Your name will be on a list at the house.   

  • Photos allowed inside and outside. 

  • Food, inside drinks, and smoking in any form are not allowed.  

  • To reduce dirt and damage to floors, Tour participants are required to remove their shoes (or bring your own booties).

  • The Tour runs rain or shine.  There are no refunds for any reason except for cancellation.  However, you can transfer tickets to another person if you wish. 

Questions?  Contact George Smart at 919.740.8407.