Dan Carroll's mapping of all of Small's North Carolina projects
GEORGE MILTON SMALL,
JR., FAIA (1916-1992)
Small was born in Collinsville OK. He graduated with two Bachelors degrees from the University of Oklahoma, one in architecture and one in engineering. He later attended the Illinois Institute of Technology studying under Mies van der Rohe. In Chicago he worked for Perkins Will and Hudgins Thompson Ball.
At the recommendation of Henry Kamphoefner, who was his professor at Oklahoma, Small relocated to North Carolina in 1948 to be Chief Designer for William Deitrick, at the time Raleigh's largest architectural firm and most committed to Modernist design. While there he designed the 1947 Carolina Country Club, the first such club in the country of Modernist design. Small left Deitrick in 1949 to start his own firm. In the 1950s, he partnered with Joseph Boaz, also from Oklahoma.
Small is noted for designing many buildings, including Carter Stadium, the NCSU Student Center, WRAL-TV studios (with Joseph Boaz), St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Durham's Home Security Life Building, and his prolific Modernist houses below. His son, G. Milton III, continues as principal at the firm, now Small Kane Architects.
According to Jim Brandt, who was the firm's superintendent, Small and Frank Walser went into business to develop houses in Drewry Hills in the mid-1950's. The first houses didn't make much money so they stopped.
Small designed the Raleigh Municipal Building (City Hall) in 1960, above, which was later converted to the Raleigh Police Headquarters. It is scheduled for demolition though the date has not been announced.
Small also designed the Home Security Life building in Durham. Oddly, it also became a Police Headquarters. As of 2014, the city is considering options which include demolition.
In the 1960's Small designed 3515 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, above, for Northwestern Mutual. The company was so happy they asked Small to design a similar one in Chicago (destroyed in 2014). 3515 is likely to be demolished in late 2014. Details on both here.
1951- The Robert Rothstein House, 2337 Churchill Road, Raleigh. This house was Small's first residential commission after leaving William Deitrick's firm. Landscape architecture by Lewis Clarke. The house includes radiant heated floors (a popular feature of that era) and a circular driveway with carport. Davidson and Jones built the original house; Frank Walser built a separate wing around 1952 for Rothstein's mother and father. The Rothstein brothers would become big clients for Milton Small. Sold in 1977 to Grover and Jane Cauthen. Sold in 1985 to Adam Thomson. Sold in 2000 to Margaret Poyner Galbraith. Photo by Leilani Carter.
1951 – The George Milton Small, Jr. Residence, 310 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. Bought in 1990 by Parley Avery Salmon. Built by Frank Walser. Appeared in Architectural Record in June 1954 and March 1966. B/W photos by Joseph Molitor. Middle color photos by David Hunt. Bottom photo by Leilani Carter.
1953 - The Glenn and Flora Bowers House, 423 Chesterfield Road, Raleigh. Sold to Raymond and Emma Catlette in 1966. Sold in 1989 to Robert Hawkins. The garage was added on, date unknown. Sold to Bob Langford in 1996. Sold in 2000 to Marilyn Miller-Fox. Sold in 2000 to Erik and Stacie Schreiner. Photo by George Smart.
1954 - The Thomas and Lois Wheless House, 106 John Street, Louisburg, NC. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Sold by Preservation North Carolina in 2007 to Ken and Merry Ketterer. He is an architect from Alabama. Photos by Preservation North Carolina.
1956 - The Paul O. Stahl Residence, 3017 Granville Drive, Raleigh. This was a variation of Small's Celotex House 48. Deeded to his son and daughter in law, Paul and Carol Stahl, Jr. Declared a Raleigh Historic Landmark. Photo by Leilani Carter.
1956 - The Tom and Sue Briggs House, aka Five Star Plan 2706, 215 East Drewry Hills Drive, Raleigh. 1328 sf. Dow Pender Jr. was the landscape architect. Featured in Better Homes and Gardens, June 1957. Sold to Frank and Dixie King, Jr. Deeded to their children, Frank III and Jane King Andrews. Sold in 1997 to John L. and Gwen D'Amelio. Most of the Modernist appearance was removed around 2000 in a renovation. Sold in 2001 to Clyde and Caroline Cheek III. Sold in 2005 to Caroline Cheek. Garage addition around 2008. Sold in 2009 to Donald and Debra Hadley. Sold in 2011 to Debra Hadley. Sold in 2013 to Brandon and Ivie Duckson.
Needing verification: 207, 208, 212, and 216 East Drewry Lane as being the same style. Source: Frank King III.
1958 - The Lillian Allen Residence,
1959 - Robert Rothstein's brother, Philip L. Rothstein, hired Small to design 912 Williamson Drive, Raleigh. Designed with Joseph Boaz. Charles Williams was the mechanical engineer. Built by Frank Walser. B/W photos by Joseph Molitor. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1960. Won an AIANC Award in 1962. Sold in 1976 to the Crossland Company. Sold in 1979 to Alfred Williams III. Sold in 1981 to Marita Higgins Gilliam. Porch added in 2001. For sale in 2014.
1962 - A third Rothstein brother hired Small: Al and Sara Rothstein, 2100 Barfield Court, Raleigh. Built by Frank Walser. Landscape design by Lewis Clarke. Sold in 1992 to Mary Martin. Older color pictures by Lyn Satisky, Al's daughter. Sold in 2013 to Rebecca Anne Goldman and Susan M. Orton.
1962 – The Frank and Jean Anderson Jr. House, 2505 York Road, Raleigh. Anderson owned Sir Walter Chevrolet. Sold in 2002 to William (Harry) and Marsha Whyte. 3600 square feet. Landscape design by Dick Bell. Sold in 2012 to the Bryan Benton Family Trust.
1963 - The Kenneth L. and Charlotte Johnson House, 3206 Sussex Road, Raleigh. Backs up to a small lake. Sold in 1994 to Robert and Carol Bilbro, Carter Williams' daughter. Mark Dickey at Williams' firm remodeled and raised the roof over the living room shortly after the Bilbro's bought the house. Featured on the TMH April 2009 Tour.
1966 - The Percy and Idell McElrath Residence, 3910 Stratford Court, Raleigh. Bought by Frank Beacham, Jr. in 1969. Sold in 1970 to Newton and Betty Griffin.
1969 - Small's first office was on Tucker Street. The street appearance of his second office 105 Brooks Avenue is strikingly similar to his house. Landscape architecture by Lewis Clarke. Limited by growth, the firm moved out in 1999 to its third office on Glenwood Avenue, one of the Great American Insurance Company buildings the firm designed. For a time, the Brooks Avenue office was occupied by HR Associates PA, the successor firm from John Holloway and Ralph Reeves. As of 2014, still rented out by the Small family. The photos, taken by John Morris, shows off the koi pond.
Sources include: G. Milton Small Jr. Papers at NCSU, Obituary for June V. Small, Tim Isley, Edwin Friedberg, Lyn Satisky, Obituary for G. Milton Small, Jr., National Park Service, AIANC, Wheless Family Archives at NCSU, History of The North Carolina Chapter of the AIA 1913-1998: An Architectural Heritage by C. David Jackson and Charlotte V. Brown, Dick Rice, son G. Milton Small III, former employee James Brandt.