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2015 Events

2015 Advisory Council: Chandra Hester, VMZINC / Emilie Huin, 501 Realty / Marsha Gordon, NCSU / Jeremy Farber, Maplewood Building Company / Kim Weiss, Blueplate PR / Laura Frushone, First Citizens Investor Services / Tim Simmons, NC State Historic Preservation Office / Craig Kerins, The Raleigh Architecture Company / Laurent de Comarmond, Little Diversified Architectural / William Dodge, Eco-Ficient, MBCI / Mack Paul, Morningstar Law Group / Mary Frances Wilson, Preservation North Carolina / Judy Colditz, HandLab / Frank Konhaus, KONTEK Systems / Adam Carrington, Carrington Electric / Ivy Simon, Palette and Parlor / Angela Roehl, Keller Williams Realty / Eric Davis, Surface 678 Landscape Architects / Randy Lanou, BuildSense


December 2015
McGinnis Bagwell House Tour
Raleigh





85 people attended.  Bottom photo by Leilani Carter.

December 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Environite Southeast at Wilkinson Supply
29 people attended


November 2015
Moho Realty Architecture Movie Series
Hunt Library, Raleigh

Xmas Meier (2013) takes us, during the Christmas season, in the heart of a working-class Rome town lifted from anonymity to international renown from a church built by Richard Meier. There's controversy, caustic irony, and free speech along with the faithful's devotion. Welcome to Rome!  Trailer.

Gehry's Vertigo (2013)
offers a rare trip to the roofs of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the good and not-so-good complexity of Frank Gehry's architecture.  Trailer.

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115 people attended.

November 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Frank Harmon Architecture
 AIA North Carolina Building, Raleigh



Over 270 people celebrated Frank Harmon's retirement (and his always-amazing Oyster Roast).

November 2015
Moho Realty Architecture Movie Series
Modern Ruin (2015)
King's Raleigh



Modern Ruin tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the World's Fair and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years as a 60's concert venue and 70's roller rink, plus recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure.

55 people attended. 
Special Guest: Producer and Director Matt Silva. Introducing Matt Silva was Film Studies Professor Marsha Gordon of NC State. Trailer Sponsored by Adam Carrington of:



November 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright / Auldbrass Tour
Yemassee/Beaufort/Charleston SC

This amazing complex of buildings by Wright is only open to the public for two days every two years! 

51 people on the trip also visited the 2005 Low Country Residence, designed by Frank Harmon, which won a National AIA award in 2009; The River House by Charleston architect Whitney Powers; Seven Sisters, a new house by Frank Harmon; and the modernist Middleton Inn.


November 2015
Moho Realty Architecture Movie Series
Hunt Library, Raleigh

Sponsored by:





Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For (2004)

This is the rise and fall of engineering visionary Carl Strandlund and his post-World-War-II brainchild, the Lustron porcelain-enameled-steel manufactured house. His Lustron ranch-style house was rot-proof, vermin-proof, never needed painting, had about 1,000 square feet, cost much less than $10,000, and could be erected on-site in less than a week.



Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger (57 min)
A Monique Lombardelli documentary celebrating the life and works of SF Bay Area real estate development icon Henry Doelger, a pioneer of mid-century Modern design. Trailer.

110 people attended.


October 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Raleigh Architecture



 



Over 150 people attended this pig-pickin' by chef Joe Kwon on a great fall evening! Many thanks to Robby, Craig, and the entire team of Raleigh Architecture. Photos by Leilani Carter.

October 2015
ModaPalooza Mobile Tour













 

54 people toured new and recent Modernist houses in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. Houses included the 2012 Kelly House Renovation, Raleigh, designed by Richard Hall; the 2015 Wynne Street Houses, Raleigh, designed and built byRobby Johnston &Craig Kerins; the 2015 Hillcrest House, Raleigh, designed and built byWill Alphin; the 2015 Extein/Greig House, Durham, designed byBill Waddell;the 2014 Ridge House Renovation, Raleigh, designed by Bailey Allred; the 2015 Hammer House, Raleigh, designed and built byNick Hammer;the 2013 Deck House Renovation, Durham, designed by Barbara Richter, built by Jeremy Farber. Bottom photo by Leilani Carter.

October 2015
Annual Mod Squad/Sponsor Appreciation Party
Durham





135 people attended at the amazing home of Wendy Robineau and Don Beskind. Photos by Leilani Carter.

October 2015
Moho Realty Architecture Movie Series
Hunt Library, Raleigh



The Competition

A raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, design giants like Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid struggle to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra. This is the first competition to be documented, producing an unclassifiable film that turns into an intense thriller. Trailer. 110 people attended at our new movie home, the Jim Hunt Library, designed by Snohetta.

 
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September 2015
FLW/Taliesin Tour
Wisconsin/Illinois





25 architectural adventurers took off for Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's eastern base. Along the way, they saw Monona Terrace, the Johnson Wax complex, Calatrava's Milwaukee Museum of Art (photo above of tour leader Angela Roehl with her iPad shooting up to the ceiling), and an exquisite house by Wright protege William Wesley Peters.

September 2015
Thirst4Architecture
South End Kitchens, Charlotte

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35 people attended at our first T4A in Charlotte.

September 2015
FLW/Fallingwater 6 Tour





25 architectural adventurers took off for Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.



...plus Kentuck Knob, another Wright house nearby. And a Duck cruise of Pittsburgh river architecture.

"This was an excellent trip—well planned and executed! The Wright videos on the bus were good introductions to his two houses, the guides at the houses were very sharp, the Moss townhouse in Pittsburgh was neat, and the guide on the Duck trip was funny and knowledgeable." -- Dave Godschalk


September 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough



62 people attended to preview one of LL's huge quarterly auctions.

September 2015
Mayberry Modernism
Cedars Retirement Center, Chapel Hill



George Smart spoke to a rowdy crowd of 85.

August 2015
Thirst4Architecture
CUBE Design and Research, Durham



 

2015 Matsumoto Prize top jury winner Jason Hart of CUBE design + research hosted for refreshments in Straw Valley's beautiful courtyard.

85 people attended. Photos by Leilani Carter.

July 2015
Thirst4Architecture
2015 Matsumoto Prize Awards
Raleigh



PALETTE & PARLOR





 Featuring great art, great music, coffee, beer, and Modernist Musical Chairs, sponsored by Palette and Parlor! Big thanks to Paolo Tomasi and Mitchell Restoration for prizes. Photo by Troy Winterrowd. 175 people attended. See here for details.



This year's Prize was underwritten by Leland Little Auctions.

July 2015
Project BauHow
NC CTE Conference
Greensboro







NCMH recruited for Project BauHow with 30 North Carolina drafting teachers, plus we hosted a reception for drafting teachers that evening. Many thanks to the NC CTE Conference for inviting us to present. Thanks to our partners at Kramden for providing amazing computer door prizes. About 45 people attended.

June 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Durham



Over 80 people visited the "Big Green Pickle," one of Durham's tallest buildings. We were on top at the University Club with a 25-mile view, hosted by financial advisors Jim Tucker and Pat Bria of Tucker Bria. Special guest: Matthew Roth, the Raleigh Typewriter poet. 75 people attended.

May 2015
Thirst4Architecture


Raleigh

About 100 people joined Erin Sterling Lewis and Matt Griffith for their 4th T4A at in situ studio. Photos by Leilani Carter.

 




May 2015
55: NCMH Charlotte ModShop Tour
Connecting with Historic Charlotte "Mad About Modern"
 




sponsored by Mid Century Salvage of Charlotte



We had a great welcome reception sponsored by Gail Jodon of ModernCharlotte.com at her house, the 1964 Hugh C. Mitchum Residence, designed by Aubrey Arant.

 2827 Rothwood Drive, designed by Stan Russell

 

We visited the 1970 Sharon United Methodist Church, designed by Al Cameron and Bill Little, scheduled for demolition in June 2015.

We also visited 4642 Sharon View, architect unknown.

 

2434 Ainsdale, architect unknown.

 

714 Larkhall Lane, architect unknown.


April 2015
Mayberry Modernism
Carol Woods Retirement Center, Chapel Hill

George Smart spoke to an enthusiasic crowd of 45.

April 2015
54: Columbus/Indianapolis Indiana Modernist Tour

NCMH went to the fabled town of Columbus, Indiana, with more than 70 significant buildings and public artworks designed by internationally known architectural superstars. Although home to fewer than 40,000 people, Columbus is ranked 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design beside Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC. 


Eero Saarinen's J. Irwin Miller House (including interiors)

First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen

First Baptist Church by Harry Weese

Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen, addition by Kevin Roche
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Fire Station #4 by Robert Venturi

North Christian Church by Eero Saarinen
 

First Christian Church, designed by Eliel Saarinen. Photo by TJ Land.



The 1972 Pyramids Office Complex, designed by Roche Dinkeloo

The Indiana State Museum, designed by RATIO Architects

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The Indianapolis Museum of Art, home of the original LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana



Eskanazi Hospital, designed by HOK. Paul Strohm of HOK gave us a tour along with CEO Matt Gutwein.

 

The Eskanazi SkyFarm, their rooftop garden which supplies the hospital (in part) with fresh vegetables. Photo by TJ Land.

Plus five Indianapolis Modernist houses, including:



The Conder House



The Borden-Amos House



The Mayol House



The Kansky House

 

The Messenger House. Photo by TJ Land.

April 2015
Thirst4Architecture
TRIG Modern, Raleigh



 



 Bob Drake and Ann Marie Baum hosted for 72 people at TRIG Modern, 328 West Jones Street, Raleigh. Photos by Leilani Carter.

March 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Ambiente Collection, Raleigh





NCMH visited the enormous showroom of Modernist furniture at Ambiente. Over 85 people attendeed. Photo by Leilani Carter.

March 2015
53: The NCMH Modernist Icons Mobile Tour

 

A special tour of Dorton Arena, designed by Matthew Nowicki, led by architect Frank Harmon and Dorton engineer Bill McClure. Bottom photo by Leilani Carter.

 

 

 

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters, with a short talk by the building's original architect from Odell, Charles McMurray. Bottom three photos by Leilani Carter.

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Behind the scenes at The Jim Hunt Library at NCSU,
designed by global firm Snohetta with PBC+L in Raleigh.



The Owen Smith House, designed by Owen Smith.



The Fadum House, designed by James Fitzgibbon, renovated by Brian Shawcroft.





The Strickland House, designed by Frank Harmon.
Bottom photo by Don Bryson.





The Chiles House, designed by Vinny Petrarca and Charles Holden. Bottom photo by Don Bryson.

"Once again, this was a fabulous tour - a full day of learning and seeing, my favorite kind of day.You and your assistants did a terrific job. I love it that you are so well organized, fun and full of great information and that you don't wait around for those who may not show up at the Fast Park.Kudos for getting Charles to come up - I thought his participation was the icing on the cake." -- Barbara Shaw

""This was my first trip and now I can't wait to go on another!" -- Don Bryson

52 people attended on a day with perfect weather.


March 2015
Thirst4Architecture
Eidolon Designs, Raleigh



80 people braved the cold and torrential rain to attend T4A with Mike, Shaun, Ned, Chris, and Catherine for the annual Eidolon Designs sumptuous oyster roast.


February 2015
The Vision of Paolo Soleri
Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham

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A documentary on the architect and environmentalist Paolo Soleri's unprecedented artistic quest. Soleri came to America in 1946 to mentor under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, Arizona. After 1.5 years, Soleri left Wright to embark on a blazing original course of his own. While uncovering Soleri's legacy as an architect, environmentalist, and philosopher, the film will pose critical questions about mankind's future, and architecture in a world facing environmental, social, and economic crisis. Few architects have proposed more ambitious design, and been less prone to compromise. 85 people attended.

January 2015
Thirst4Architecture
KONTEK Systems, Durham

40 people attended 2015's first T4A at KONTEK Systems, an AV design and integration firm, in their John Warasila-designed downtown Durham headquarters.


January 2015
Mayberry Modernism
First Baptist Church, Raleigh

George Smart spoke to an audience of 15.

January 2015
The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower
Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham



The film chronicles the intriguing (and twisted) story behind the design and construction of the “Turning Torso,” Europe’s tallest residential building, designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava in Malmö, Sweden. It is a spectacular structure and an even more spectacular project riddled with skyrocketing costs, outsized egos, and at its heart, a debate between new capitalism and old socialist ideals. For Calatrava, known primarily for huge public works, it was an opportunity to design his first skyscraper. For the city of Malmö, and particularly for Johnny Orback, Board Chairman of the Malmo branch of the co-operative housing association (HSB), an organization rooted in the Swedish welfare tradition, it was a chance to become a European city of the 21st century. For both men, there was plenty at stake. But costs run wild, they project is delayed three years, Calatrava is never available, and for the HSB, the issue of whether its more important to spend the money on middle class housing, becomes more pressing everyday. Google to see what sadly happened to Johnny Orback. 70 people attended.