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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 email@example.com 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)
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.
What does NCMH look for in evaluating submissions?
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? Modernist houses
fell out of favor in the late 1960's and contemporaries
took over. 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
What's the difference between a contemporary and a Modernist house? Modernist houses fell out of favor in the late 1960's and contemporaries took over. 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)
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.
Endangered 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.
1950 - 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.
Around 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. There's movement to save the house - stay tuned!