What's North Carolina's greatest
secret? We have the third most Modernist houses in the country.
George Smart’s discovery of North Carolina's large
number of “livable works of art” in 2007 led him to start
North Carolina Modernist houses,
the largest open digital archive of Modernist residential architecture
and architects in the nation.
During this exciting talk, you'll visually explore some of
the state's Modernist gems, many still glorious, some endangered,
and some destroyed forever.
Since 2010, George Smart has taken
Modernism on the road to architects, preservation
organizations, realtor associations, senior centers, and other fans across the
Mayberry Modernism includes time for questions,
and George will stay afterwards to talk with your audience.
Participants learn how thousands of significant Modernist houses
were documented and made available to the public online.
Participants identify the beginnings of North
Carolina residential Modernist design as part of a national
Participants learn key differences between Modernist and
Participants learn why North Carolina is the third largest
concentration of Modernist houses in the country.
Participants learn the key architects
and influencers in North Carolina Modernism.
Participants gain knowledge of 60 years of North Carolina
award-winning residences and assess their own preferences against
Participants learn marketing methods to preserve mid-century Modernist houses
through preservation, occupancy, and sustainable
Participants discover how documenting, preserving, and promoting
residential Modernist design benefits the architecture and
Participants learn key differences between selling a traditional
house and selling a Modernist house.
Participant gain free access to a digital archive of over
photos of over 6,500 Modernist houses, along with profiles on 300+ architects.
Participants learn how NCMH
became the country's
largest open digital archive for Modernist houses and a leader in
About George Smart
George Smart grew up in
Triangle architecture. His dad was a Raleigh architect for over 40
years who, like many in his generation, was inspired by the exciting
Frank Lloyd Wright's and others in
Modernist movement. George's mom Ann Seltman Smart was a radio
personality on WPTF and made a documentary on architecture
in the 1960's that's still available on YouTube.
Yet, as a
and executive coach,
George showed no interest whatsoever in architecture until 2007.
"I was Googling for
modern houses one night and it was like that scene from
jokes Smart. "Something very powerful exploded from my DNA! One search led to another, then
to a list, then to a website, then to tours, then trips, then
dinners, then movies, then happy hours. NCMH is now the largest
open digital archive
in America for residential Modernist architecture."
George Smart and
NCMH have been
honored with many historic preservation
awards for accomplishment at the local, state, and
North Carolina's most
passionate advocate for Modernist architecture, George Smart facilitates the
public's discovery of these "livable sculptures" through
presentations around the state. His knowledge of
North Carolina modernism combined with the innovative use of
technology for preservation has quickly established a national
reputation for research and advocacy. He was
the News and Observer Tar Heel of the Week in June 2012.
NCMH's Chief Lustron archivist Virginia Faust speaking on:
The Lustron: America's Little Pre-Fab House that Could
"George Smart's Mayberry Modernism
presentation is entertaining, informative, and inspiring. When the
hour is over you are left wanting to know more." -- Mark Allison, AIA
"Thank you so much for
your exciting presentation to the Winston-Salem Section of the AIA.
I got a lot of great comments from several people afterwards and it
was one of the most well attended luncheons ever."
-- Chad Everhart, AIA, NCARB
"I do want to thank you for making the trip to Wilmington and
speaking to AIA Wilmington and the Cameron Art Museum. We were
pleasantly surprised at the large turnout that we had at the event,
especially for a Monday night. Everyone with whom I spoke afterwards
said that they were impressed with your knowledge of modern
architecture and really enjoyed all of the images that you presented.
I hope that you can bring this lecture to all of the AIA sections in
North Carolina!" --
Laura Miller, AIA,
gives a fascinating and informative slideshow and presentation about
some of our true architectural treasures - the wealth of Modernist
homes in our area." -- Mark Zimmerman, Chapel Hill
Cameron Village Library, Raleigh (twice)
North Raleigh Regional Library, Raleigh
West Regional Library, Cary
South Durham Regional Library, Durham
Chatham County Library, Pittsboro
Durham Central Library, Durham
Lappas and Havener Landscape Architects, Durham
Durham Engineers Club, Durham
Carolina Country Club, Raleigh
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill
Raleigh Kiwanis, Durham
Raleigh Museum, Raleigh
Southwest Durham Rotary Club,
Hope Valley Rotary, Durham
The Garage, Winston-Salem
City of Raleigh Past Employees
2014 Palm Springs Modernism Week
Carol Woods Retirement Center
Emerald Pond Retirement Center
First Baptist Church
Cedars Retirement Center