NC Modernist Houses
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.
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 owner, Joe Gigler, has well-intentioned but highly unreasonable deed restriction
demands. So, ironically, the house sits, vacant, unloved, and deteriorating.
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 disassembled it.
- Lustron #XXXX,
3612 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh NC
- currently a
rental. 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.
on all three of these and Lustrons in general. To rescue these houses email Virginia
- 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.
Inspection report commissioned by NCMH.
Asbestos Lab report commissioned by NCMH.
Lab report commissioned by NCMH.
Additonal Asbestos report commissioned by NCMH.
The Raleigh Frye Lake House,
2314 Moss Farm Rd, Hickory
NC, designed by
commissioned by NCMH.
If you know a Modernist house that has been
vacant for over three months, please contact us!
NCMH 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
Lost to the Bulldozer:
House, Raleigh, by Eduardo
Catalano, destroyed 2001
The Paschal House,
The Ashford House, Raleigh, by Sam Ashford,
The Kistler-Hollstein House, Fayetteville, by
Dan MacMillan, destroyed
The Goist House, Raleigh, designed by
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. 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
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 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)
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