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If you know a Modernist house that has been vacant for over a year,
please contact us!
bulldozers are on the way to Modernist houses, people tend to blame developers --
which is unfair. Developers typically come only after many opportunities to
save a house have been ignored. The real enemies: vacancy, time, and
unrealistic selling prices. These houses (and
the owners who
overprice them) need your encouragement and support.
1951 - The A. M.
and Ruth Fleishman Residence,
2614 Morganton Road, Fayetteville NC.
Jim Brandt was
the draftsman. Built by Ed Rynick. Has seriously deteriorated
but is recoverable.
Read the background documents.
Read the new inspection report commissioned by NCMH.
1970 - The Mark
5300 Hardison Road,
Charlotte NC. Designed by California's
Lawrence Allen Bernstein,
Mark’s brother, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. 1 acre. Vacant since 2006
because the seller has well-intentioned but highly unreasonable deed restriction
demands. So the house sits, deteriorating, because of stubbornness. For
sale starting in 2009. Price went from 957k to 768k.
Now off the market but still vacant. Contact
Modern Charlotte Realty.
NCMH Endangered Alerts Helped Save:
House, Durham, by John Latimer
House, Durham by
The Lasater House, Charlotte, by
Carr House, Durham, by
The Howard Residence, Greensboro, by
Mattocks House, Chapel Hill, by
Modernist Houses We Lost:
The Paschal House,
When homes are
vacant, they decay faster. They are more susceptible to
weather and vandalism when no one is around to care. We best preserve North Carolina Modernist houses
by keeping them occupied. Without active owners (or
tenants), vacant houses suffer a slow, painful deterioration often resulting in
As part of an ongoing mission of preservation,
NCMH's list reduces time on the market and gets these Modernist houses the caring
occupants they deserve.
The vast majority of real estate MLS
systems do not distinguish Modernist houses from Contemporaries. However, Triangle MLS made the
Modernist distinction in 2012,
and realtors can search the 16-county system specifically for Modernist houses.
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This is a sortable list including dates posted, years
built, mapable addresses (use Visualize/Map), architects, links to more
information on the architects and houses, and links to MLS sites.
Please verify all information independently.
No warranties of
accuracy or availability are expressed or implied for these listings.
Many thanks to Virginia
Faust of Howard Perry and Walston who keeps the list updated.
Submit a Modernist
House For Sale
Anyone may submit, not just the
owner or agent. There is no charge. Please
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Year House Completed, if known. Please indicate if
the year is a guess.
Name of Original homeowner, if known for sure (don't
Address (number, street, city, state, zip)
Original Architect's Name, if known for sure (don't guess).
Same for the builder, if known.
Current Homeowner Name and Phone Number (for us to ask
questions if necessary)
MLS Link (if any), or Contact Info if For Sale
Any other comments about the house or its history
If not part of an MLS link, please attach photos, at
least two of the inside and two from the outside.
All submissions are subject
to review and approval is not guaranteed.
What does NCMH look for in evaluating houses for inclusion?
-- a flat or low-pitched roof; lack of an attic
combination of rooms, aka an open plan
-- extensive use of glass to
bring in nature and light
-- unusual interior or exterior geometry
unusual in comparison to others in the area
-- connected to the architects
Here are some differences between a Contemporary
and a Modernist house. A Contemporary house typically has:
-- significantly fewer square feet of windows
a pitched roof or presence of an attic and/or basement
-- similarity to others in the area
(contemporaries were often produced in quantity)
-- the presence of
traditional interior trim and components (i.e. Williamsburg on the inside)
"I'm an agent and put an ad
for a Modernist home up on the NCMH For Sale page. Within two hours I
received a call from an agent who will be bringing a client to see the
property this week. She didn't see it on MLS where it's been listed for
several weeks, but saw it on NCMH. Advertising on NCMH gives a lot of bang
for the buck and I totally recommend this site for selling unique and
modernist homes." -- Sarah Sonke, AuctionFirst