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DozerEndangered NC 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.

Bernstein#1 - 1970 - The Mark Bernstein House,

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 owner, Joe Gigler, has well-intentioned but highly unreasonable deed restriction demands. So, ironically, the house sits, vacant, unloved, and deteriorating.

#2 - North Carolina Lustrons. General Lustron info.

Lustrons1950 - Lustron #2144, 603 West Street (Highway 64)in Pittsboro NC - when acquired by the current owners, the house had been vacant for a number of years. The land and two parcels adjacent are being offered for commercial development. Owners are willing to work with interested parties to disassemble and move the house.

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.

BuffaloeAround 1949 - Lustron #XXXX, 3612 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh NC - The 6 acre lot, pond, and the sister's adjacent 6 acre lot (with an older log home on it, may be split off) are listed for sale as a development property. Estate trustees are willing to work with interested parties to disassemble and move the house.

LustronsDetails on all three of these and Lustrons in general. To rescue these houses email Virginia Faust,

Loewenstein#3 - 1951 - The A. M. and Ruth Fleishman Residence, 2614 Morganton Road, Fayetteville NC. Designed by Edward Loewenstein. Jim Brandt was the draftsman. Built by Ed Rynick. Has seriously deteriorated but is recoverable.

  1. Background documents.
  2. MLS link.
  3. Inspection report commissioned by NCMH.
  4. Asbestos Lab report commissioned by NCMH.
  5. Additional Lab report commissioned by NCMH.
  6. Additonal Asbestos report commissioned by NCMH.

Sherrill#4 - BACK FOR SALE - 1960 - The Raleigh Frye Lake House, 2314 Moss Farm Rd, Hickory NC, designed by Jim Sherrill. Info. Appraisal commissioned by NCMH.

If you know a Modernist house that has been vacant for over three months, please contact us!

NCMH Helped Save:
The Crumpler House, Durham, by John Latimer
The Kornberg House, Durham, by Jon Condoret
The Lasater House, Charlotte, by AG Odell
The Carr House, Durham, by Kenneth Scott
The Howard Residence, Greensboro, by Thomas Hayes
The Mattocks House, Chapel Hill, by Sumner Winn

Lost to the Bulldozer:
Catalano House, Raleigh, by Eduardo Catalano, destroyed 2001
Paschal House, Raleigh, by James Fitzgibbon, destroyed 2013
Ashford House, Raleigh, by Sam Ashford, destroyed 2014
Kistler-Hollstein House, Fayetteville, by Dan MacMillan, destroyed 2005
Goist House, Raleigh, designed by Terry Waugh.


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.

Please verify all information independently. No warranties of accuracy or availability are expressed or implied for these listings. Many thanks to NCMH volunteer Virginia Faust of Howard Perry and Walston who keeps the list updated.

Submit a Modernist House For Sale

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

  1. Year House Completed, if known. Please indicate if the year is a guess.
  2. Name of Original Homeowner, if known for sure (don't guess).
  3. Address (number, street, city, state, zip)
  4. Original Architect's Name, if known for sure (don't guess). Same for the builder, if known.
  5. Current Homeowner Name and Phone Number (for us to ask questions if necessary)
  6. Sales Price
  7. MLS Link (if any), or Contact Info if For Sale By Owner
  8. Any other comments about the house or its history
  9. 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 this list?

-- 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 that NCMH documents

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)


Research support generously provided by PropertyShark: