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Submit a Modernist House For Sale or Rent: 

Anyone may submit a house for consideration, not just the owner or real estate agent. There is no charge. Please write Virginia Faust at with the following information:

Year House Completed, if known for sure.

Name of Original Homeowner, if known for sure (don't guess).

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 historical questions if necessary)

Sales Price

MLS Link (if any), or Contact Info if For Sale By Owner. If not part of an MLS link, please attach photos, at least two of the inside and two from the outside.

Any other comments about the house, the architect, or house history

All submissions are subject to review and approval is not guaranteed.

NC Modernist Houses for Sale/Rent

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 demolition.

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. This is the only statewide list of Modernist houses on the market.

If you know any Modernist house that is vacant, please contact us!

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 this statewide list updated.

DozerEndangered Modernist Houses

When bulldozers are on the way to Modernist houses, people tend to blame developers - which is unfair. Developers 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. 

What does NCMH look for in evaluating submissions?

a flat or low-pitched roof; lack of an attic; a 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 other houses in the area; connection to the architects NCMH documents

What's the difference between a contemporary and a Modernist house? A contemporary house typically has significantly fewer square feet of windows than a Modernist house;  a pitched roof or attic and/or basement; more mass produced (contemporaries were often produced in quantity); often contain traditional interior trim (i.e. Williamsburg on the inside) 

Endangerment Alerts!  


#1 - 1950 - Lustron #2144, 603 West Street (Highway 64)in Pittsboro NC - when acquired by the Plummers in 2011, the house had been vacant for a number of years. The land and an adjacent lot were sold for commercial development late in 2016. Owner has plans to disassemble/move the house by the summer of 2018.  General Lustron info. Contact Lustron expert Virginia Faust,

#2 - 1950 - Lustron #XXXX, formerly at 7 Mount Bolus Road, Chapel Hill NC - disassembled and currently stored in a trailer south of town. Owners willing to sell. They have the assembly manual along with the elevations done by the landscape architect, David Swanson, who originally disassembled it.  General Lustron info. Contact Lustron expert Virginia Faust,