TMH Sponsor/Mod Squad Appreciation Party, Durham
Hosted at the home of founder George Smart and his
wife Eleanor Stell.
Their house won a 2010 AIA North Carolina Award. About 85 attended.
2010-2011 Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
My Architect: A Son's Journey.
Trailer. Louis Kahn's teaching career began at Yale University in 1947.
Kahn was elected a FAIA in 1953. He was named Professor of Architecture and
Planning at MIT in 1962 and Professor of Architecture at the University of
Pennsylvania in 1966. In 1974, Kahn died of a heart attack in a men's
restroom in New York's Pennsylvania Station. He went unidentified for three
days because he had crossed out the home address on his passport. He had just
returned from a work trip to Bangladesh, and despite his long career, he was
deeply in debt when he died. In 2003, Kahn's son Nathaniel Kahn released
this Oscar-nominated biographical documentary about his father which gives
glimpses of the architecture while focusing on talking to the people who knew
him: family, friends, and colleagues. It includes interviews with renowned
architect contemporaries such as B. V. Doshi, Frank Gehry, Ed Bacon, Philip
Johnson, I. M. Pei, and Robert A. M. Stern, but also an insider's view of Kahn's
unusual family arrangements.
Art+Architecture+Shopping Trip to Charlotte
First stop, the new
Museum of Modern Art, designed by Mario
Next, the adjacent
new Mint Museum, with collections of
contemporary art and photography.
Next, the Smith House, designed
Lindsay Smith for her parents.
Next, the Levinson House, designed
on the site of an earlier mid-century modern by architect
IKEA - a massive 356,000 home furnishings
ventured to Charlotte for a day of art, architecture, and
IKEA. Many thanks to Leilani Carter, Sharon Glazener,
Ramani Mathew, Emily and Zach Smith, Lindsay Smith, Stan
Russell, and Peter and Cynthia Levinson for making this
another great TMH trip.
Sponsored by Becky Shankle of
"What a wonderful tour to Charlotte
yesterday! Everything was so much fun yesterday the time flew by. The houses
and museums were fantastic! The organization and timing of the activities was
perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your love of modern homes, your
skills as an event planner par excellence and your knowledge of places and people
with us. I look forward to traveling with you again and again!" -- Ginger
the man." -- joe wagner
"Thanks George for once again
organizing a fantastic journey! It was magnificent, marvelous, and at times
magical especially moving from room to room in the Levinson and Smith homes!" --
"""Wow, what a wonderful and easy way
to see Charlotte's art museums and two beautiful homes. IKEA was great
shopping as well. Can't wait for Fallingwater trip!" -- Dr. Robert Harper
thoroughly enjoyed our day with you and TMH. It was especially nice to be with so
many who also enjoy modern design, architecture, art, etc. -- not the usual
holiday shopping trip! Thanks for your efforts in getting this together."
-- Marilyn Pinschmidt
was an inspirational, educational, and socially satisfying experience. Very well
planned and orchestrated.
I want to stay connected and learn more . . ."
""Once again, TMH put together a perfectly
organized, totally fun trip that took us into two incredible museums of modern
art and two gorgeous modernist houses -- as well as IKEA. The day went by so
fast. Can't wait for the next one!"
Photos by Leilani Carter.
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry
people attended at Natty Greene's in Greensboro.
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry
"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
enjoyed your talk in Asheville today at the AIA meeting. Found your organization last
month when visiting Durham. Was thrilled to see the archiving and
of modernist architecture. Most worthwhile project."
"I enjoyed your presentation
yesterday at the Asheville AIA luncheon. Thank you."
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry
at the Gregg Museum at NCSU
again for an interesting talk! Great turnout and people really enjoyed it."
people attended - standing room only.
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry
The TMH Modern 2010 Home Tour
Modernist houses and one iconic Modernist office.
Over 600 people attended, an all-time record for Triangle architecture tours!
The Karmous-Edwards House, Raleigh.
The Decomarmond House
Renovation, Raleigh. Designed by
The Milton Small Office, Raleigh.
Photo by John Morris.
The Milton Small House, Raleigh.
Harwell Hamilton Harris Home/Office, Raleigh.
Harwell Hamilton Harris.
Kuehn Residence, designed by
Taylor House, designed and built by
Parker House, designed by
Carter Williams and
Turner Williams. Renovations by
The Collier House, designed by
wanted to let you know that my sister, her husband, and I really enjoyed the tour
last week. I met a few interesting people along the way and reconnected with
some old friends."
last weekend. I loved it...I'd never have guessed from the many times I drove by
how incredibly cool it is inside. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT job."
again for the tour and for all that you do to promote modernism and
preserve our rich heritage of contributions to the modernist
movement. I think Dean Kamphoefner would be proud."
"I appreciate all that you are doing to create a community around
modern architecture. As you well know, that will be the key to
preserving the modern work we have and creating the demand for
over from Salisbury for the afternoon to see the best of Raleigh's modernist
homes and was not disappointed."
"I can tell you that I
personally really enjoyed the tour - thank you for organizing it and all your
efforts in bringing the modernist community together to experience amazing
architecture and share in these fantastic events!"
Preservation North Carolina
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry
Modernism" and on a discussion panel about Nonprofit Internet Strategies.
Left to Right: Glenn Perkins/PNC, John
Morris/Goodnight Raleigh, Gary Kueber/Endangered Durham, Paul Jones/IBiblio, and
ModStock 2010 Party at
Nowell's Contemporary Furniture
A pre-tour party featuring beer and
wine, sodas, snacks, and thousands of square feet of great modern furniture.
Like last year, we gave away great Nowell's and TMH gift certificates. Ann
Kaiyala, middle of photo, won one and bought a cool carpet!
FLW1 - Fallingwater / Kentuck Knob / Venturi House
27 architectural adventurers flew to Pennsylvania and visited
Frank Lloyd Wright's epic Fallingwater (top photo) and nearby Kentuck Knob.
Then we toured a Robert Venturi house (bottom photo).
Photo albums in Picasa
Photo albums in Picasa
here by Donna Baker.
"The trip was splendid. I'm still reeling from it....to
see those houses was an emotional, and for me, religious experience. I was
interested to learn about the families that built them. Everything was well
planned and went so smoothly. You did a terrific job and all I can say is I'm
sorry it ended!"
"Thank you for another outstanding TMH
trip. Two-thumbs up for Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. TMH scores another "5 out
of 5" stars on this trip. I've truly enjoyed every TMH trip that I've been
fortunate enough to take and I hope there will be many other TMH trips in my
"It was a Modernist adventure of the
highest order. George did an outstanding job of organizing a pleasant and
educational tour of Frank Lloyd Wright and Venturi 'works of art' near the
Pittsburgh area. What a great community of modernist enthusiasts to share this
weekend adventure with as well. George, you set the bar awfully high this time."
was amazing... the photos don't do it justice, you really have to see it for
"Thank you so much for the wonderful
trip to Pittsburgh, Fallingwater and all the marvelous homes you took us to.
Everything was perfect and I had an amazing time exploring the homes, learning
about the architecture and architects and meeting great people. The world seemed
full of possibilities! You did an outstanding job putting this event together
and I am looking forward to our next journey...maybe to Chicago? Palm Springs?"
"Fallingwater, what can I say, became the sum of
its parts for me on our recent tour....all those photos that I have viewed and
admired for so long, interacted and flowed together into a glorious visual
whole, that would never have happened, for me without the TMH opportunity.
There is no substitute plus you can't hear the water!"
""There no photograph or video or even
a 3D model that does Fallingwater justice. You just have to be there.
It is one of the most incredible places I have ever been. And the special
reception they gave for us at sunset was a delightful ending to one of the
world's most storied houses."
"Experiencing Fallingwater was a
lifetime experience. George Smart organized a flawless tour...easy, comfortable
and filled with visual experiences."
"Thanks to you and your lovely
wife for this beautiful trip so well organized. I'm so glad I was part of it I
learned so much during that weekend. All the people in the group were very
friendly, we were very quiet the first day but got to know each other a little
bit better on the second day."
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism"
Kucha Night in Raleigh
Click logo for photos. About 100
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism" to Raleigh's Urban
About 50 people attended.
Chapel Hill Rotary Club, Chapel
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism" to the
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism" to
spoke to BJAC staff and clients in Raleigh plus a satellite hookup
to their Charlotte office. BJAC offers professional design
services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm
provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research,
museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth
services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming,
design, master planning, interior design, construction management,
contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO
and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest
woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast.
TMH Third Birthday Party, Aloft Chapel Hill
TMH Turns Three
cocktail birthday party for TMH's website at the new
Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill. an exciting venue right in the heart of a new
office/residential/shopping complex along Highway 54, across from Glen Lennox.
Piece of Cake
Cakes, custom cake builders, provided a cake in the shape of the
Aloft made a special "Red Chair" martini in honor of our logo plus gave tours of
the public areas and some of the rooms upstairs.
Tour of Fairmount,
aka the Joe Rowand House, Hillsborough NC
in 2003, Fairmount is one of the Triangle's most
commissioned by Somerhill Gallery owner Joe Rowand and designed by
His home is
a reflection of his gallery with volumes of
exceptional paintings, sculpture, fine art glass, and other works by
nationally recognized artists and craftspeople.
Chuck Lewis Construction. Landscape design by
Dick Bell. 5000 sf on 22.5 acres.
except aerial by
Over 320 attended!
Thompson House Tour, Raleigh NC
One of the most
amazing Modernist homes in Raleigh, the 2001 Bobby and Diane
Thompson House was designed by
Davenport Architects starting in
two-story home engineered of heavy steel and wood construction was built
by Tom Brown of the Splinter Group. Includes a go-kart track
modeled on Bristol International Speedway and a 3400 sf
garage/apartment. Interior design by Lynda Lankford. Lighting
by Stan Pomeranz.
Over 250 attended.
Modern Art+Architecture Tour,
The whirlwind day began flying into BWI.
We hit DC ith a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Wall. Next was a
private tour of an extensive modern art collection. Next, a
visit to the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian's collection of modern art,
designed by Gordon Bunshaft.
The day concluded with a visit to the Brown House,
only Washington DC house, still owned by the Browns, our gracious
hosts (bottom photo). After a wonderful dinner in Adams Morgan, we flew home
happy and tired. Top three photos by Leilani Carter.
is my kind of day…rise early, go where
I’ve never been, and be bathed in beauty! I was moved to
tears by the symphony of art, architecture, and nature. Thank
trip, great people – I can’t tell you how glad I am I went."
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism" to Historic
Thanks to the staff of Historic Salisbury for their excellent
facility; to sponsor Gray Stout who provided a pre-talk party; and
to Marc Hoffman for hosting a great reception at his cool modernist
house in Salisbury.
May 2010 -
ModShop in Charlotte, including IKEA, Design Within Reach, and the
A trip to Charlotte featuring
Design Within Reach,
the 1970 Mark Bernstein House, and IKEA -- all on
our very cool internet-equipped bus. Special guest: Bernstein house
Additional feature: when our bus got stuck, the whole team pitched in,
stuck paverstones under the tires, shifted all the weight forward, and rescued
ourselves, all in less than 30 minutes.
"George, I had a great
time and will look forward to any other future
shopping trips. I really can't even think of any
ideas for improvement except for my time at Ikea! I
enjoyed meeting several new people from our crew
"We really enjoyed our
first trip with your group yesterday. The event was
well organized and the people were both outgoing and
We look forward to joining you on future
had a marvelous time and really enjoyed meeting everyone. I am really looking
forward to lots more fantastic events and getting to know everyone involved with
the group. It’s clear and your lovely wife do a wonderful job for the
organization. Having loved modernist furniture for quite some time, my hope is
to become more heavily involved with the group as I continue to learn more about
modernist architecture. So fantastic!"
for a wonderful trip and all your great organization to make it go smoothly
despite traffic and bus issues. I look forward to additional trips in the
had a wonderful time! I’m having fun learning about the Modernist movement."
"Wow, that Charlotte
Trip was such great fun! Thanks soooo much! We
love what you & TMH
are doing for the Triangle - both socially &
educationally! Thanks again & again!"
Photos by Lisa Poole, Chris Senior, Sharon
Glazener, Carol Pomper, and George Smart. Special thanks to: Crutcher Ross; Gail Jodon of ModernCharlotte for access to
the Bernstein House; Jeff Hull of Design Within Reach; Leilani Carter for
providing breakfast; Clayton Glatt for engineering the bus rescue plan; and AIA-Charlotte.
Appetite for Architecture #6
Featuring Chapel Hill architects
Arthur Cogswell FAIA and
Dail Dixon FAIA at Panzanella in Carrboro.
Everyone had a BALL! They were AWESOME!! Thanks sooooo much."
enjoyed it a great deal. A great group."
"I had a great
time with a fine group. Conversation was fascinating -- we closed
down the restaurant. Clearly you have fostered huge interest in
modern architecture and that's who came, modern homeowners
(Matsumoto and Jim Webb houses), builders and a designer. Food was
great too. What fun."
and good stories, especially from Arthur who remembers
everything from the old days. Arthur explained why his
Chapel Hill modernist houses tended to be small, with small
baths and kitchens—his clients were mostly young strapped
professors who couldn’t afford more."
George Smart spoke on "Mayberry Modernism" to AIA
at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington NC
Many thanks to
Deborah Velders and Daphne Holmes of the Cameron Art Museum, and Laura Wood of
AIA-Wilmington. About 100 people attended.
Appetite for Architecture #5
Frank Konhaus, homebuilder
and artist-in-residence Marie Navarre at
Ellen and Frank's extraordinary home/studio/gallery in Orange
"We thought this was a tremendous experience.
Ellen and Frank were delightful hosts; we assumed there would be
catered food and were astounded to find that Ellen had prepared this
wonderful meal. Seeing their home and learning about their vision,
the building process, and experiencing their art collection was very
stimulating. The other attendees were interesting people with whom
we had good visits. This was a special occasion we will remember
for a long time.
If there are more events like this planned for the future, sign us
"It was truly a special night. The house, the art, the artists,
the dinner and the participants couldn’t have been more engaging.
We do hope you will plan similar events in the future — but
honestly, it will be hard to top this one!"
"Ellen's slide talk after dinner was a highlight."
"I had a great time and
thoroughly enjoyed seeing the house. We took a tour and I got to see
just how trapezoidal the entire building is."
Appetite for Architecture #4
FAIA, architect for the Durham Performing Arts Center, and
FAIA, whose firm
was named 2009 Firm of the Year by AIANC at
in downtown Raleigh.
was a lovely dinner and visit with different modernist lovers but ... it was
incredibly difficult to have a discussion with everyone at a rectangular table
with that many people involved so either smaller groups might be better or a
round table might work. Otherwise, perfectly wonderful evening and thank you for
putting it together."
you know that this A4A is as far reaching as VA Tech? There was a
young man there who drove ALL THE WAY DOWN from Blacksburg in his
last week of grad school in Architecture just for the dinner. AND
this wasn't even his first one to attend. Thank you so much
for all that you do!"
The Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
a documentary on
Julius Shulman, the most important
architectural photographer of the 20th century. Narrated by Dustin
Hoffman and directed by Eric Bricker, it explores how Shulman's
images helped to shape the careers of influential architects
Frank Lloyd Wright,
Richard Neutra and
See the trailer
About 100 people attended.
2010 - George Smart Speaks on "Mayberry Modernism" to AIA
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
2010 - A4A / Appetite for Architecture #3
Randy Lanou and
Erik Van Mehlman of
Studio B Architecture
at an evening of dinner and discussion at Margaux's in Raleigh.
"Thank you so much for your
efforts in setting up these events. We were pleased to meet so many other
great people with an interest in modern, contemporary and innovative
guys were awesome, incredibly helpful, and knowledgeable
about their business and the design/build profession in
March 2010 - A4A /
Appetite for Architecture #2
of Tonic Design and Tonic Construction and
of Alphin Design Build at 618 Bistro in Raleigh.
"The format of being
more casual and smaller group numbers over a wonderful
dinner was in my opinion perfect. The food was excellent
and the speakers even better. Vinny and Will did a
wonderful job fielding Q&A and having a truly interactive
experience sharing a lot of knowledge. For a younger person
in love with this architecture I felt like it was very
insightful and I felt like they were open and honest about
various things they'd done design-wise. There is a lot
that could be learned from their experience in being both
designers and builders. It made me much more comfortable
with potentially working with them in the future as they
were really personable."
"They really wanted
us to keep asking questions and enjoyed answering them. They
did a good job explaining the concept of design/build. The
only suggestion for the future may be to have the table
arrangement in a large square or circle and possibly a
private party room so everyone could be heard."
March 2010 - The Blue Cross
Blue Shield Headquarters Building Lecture
Featuring the original architect, Charles McMurray, formerly
director of design at
McMurray showed us the original design (nothing like what
got built) and the story behind Chapel Hill's most famous
non-UNC building. 23 people attended at the beautiful
home of David and Lesley McAdams.
March 2010 - The First A4A /
Appetite for Architecture
Frank Harmon FAIA and David Crawford, Executive VP of the AIA of
North Carolina. Proceeds benefitted the new AIANC headquarters in downtown Raleigh,
designed by Harmon.
"I have to tell you that the company last
night was delightful and the presenter was second to none."
liked meeting in the main dining room because it seemed like
a dinner of friends, not a "meeting" with an agenda."
"We really enjoyed
Tuesday's dinner - lots of interesting conversation! It was
a great opportunity to meet lots of interesting people in a
casual, relaxed environment. The layout of the menu - that
included several options - seemed to work well for everyone
"The food, as always at
18 Seaboard, was phenomenal. It would have been nicer to
have a room or an area without the din of nearby patrons."
"As always, the food at
18 Seaboard and the special menu they prepared for our group
was excellent, varied and sufficient. We were surprise by
the format thinking we would be in the small dining room
with a power point presentation of some kind. But we were
also surprised at how very well the format worked. Frank
and David collaborated in a very informative discussion,
inviting and answering questions from many in our group
They moved around casually and engaged all of us there."
March 2010 - The Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
John Lautner, a protege of
Frank Lloyd Wright, was a brilliant architect in California.
of houses, including what many consider his
masterpiece, the Casa Marbrisas in Acapulco, shown above. Infinite Space
traces visionary genius John Lautner's lifelong quest to
create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.”
90 attended at the
Galaxy Cinema in Cary.
February 2010 - The Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
The Lake House
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were not at the top of their
game in this 2006 romantic drama, but the steel and glass
house should have won an Oscar!
About 60 attended at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.
January 2010: The Richard Meier / Eero
Saarinen Trip to New York / CT
architectural adventurers got up at 3 in the morning to
embark on a one-day whirlwind tour of projects by Richard Meier and
From Atlanta, Raleigh, Miami, and Charlotte, participants
converged on JFK for an incredible itinerary. Photo by Leilani Carter.
Upon landing, we explored
Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal
at JFK airport.
the public for years, we got inside and spoke with project
managers about the current
photo from 1962. Right photo by Sharon Glazener.
Next, onto Long
Island City, touring architect Richard Meier's model gallery, featuring 45+ years of
projects including the massive Getty Center in LA and the
relatively tiny Smith House in Darien CT. Bottom photos by Leilani Carter.
Back on the bus
- and on to to Darien CT to visit the Smith House, the landmark residence
that catapulted Meier to fame in 1968. Rarely accessed
by the public, the house and grounds were completely open to
us. Photos by Sharon Glazener.
in the afternoon, The Museum of the City of New York's
Saarinen Exhibit. This included a huge model of his TWA terminal plus
a retrospective of his entire career. Closing out the day, we toured the
Museum of Modern Art’s Bauhaus
exhibit, their first major exhibition since 1938 on
this famous and influential school of avant-garde art.
More trip photos:
Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Our film series kicked off
with the classic 1949 film, based on the novel by Ayn Rand, with Gary
Cooper and Patricia Neal.
Watch the trailer.
About 125 attended at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.
The Max Isley Residence, Durham
and his wife Jane. Thanks
so much to our wonderful volunteers for this winter event:
realtor Desiree Denton, and the owners, the Kelleys. About 110 attended.
Architect Max Isley
Jane and Max Isley pose
for a picture, two if you think about it.