The Blue Haven House
6612 Rest Haven Drive, Raleigh
Saturday, September 1, 10am-2pm

Visit the 1959 Williams House, aka Blue Haven, the family home of famed Raleigh architect Carter Williams. One of the most remarkable Modernist houses in Raleigh ever built, it was nicknamed for its distinctive Carolina blue stone. Dick Bell was the landscape architect.

Join NCModernist for this rare opportunity; the house has not been open to the public in almost a decade!


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Carter Williams was born in Fork NC and grew up in Greensboro NC and worked at the O. Henry Hotel as a teen. He graduated in 1935 with a degree in Architectural Engineering from NC State and in 1939 with a degree in Architectural Design from the University of Illinois.  From 1939 to 1941 he was an assistant professor at the NCSU Department of Architecture. He taught at West Point from 1941-1946. In 1954, the NCSU School of Design's Matsumoto Wing of Brooks Hall, home of the NCSU School of Design, was designed by George Matsumoto with Williams as the Architect of Record. Williams practiced architecture from 1940 to 1991, giving shape to more than 600 projects, including the NC Archives Library in Raleigh, buildings at East Carolina University, the renovation of the Governor's Mansion, and Raleigh's City Hall Complex. Each year AIA North Carolina awards the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, their highest honor, to an individual in recognition of a distinguished career as an architect.

Admission and Details

Advance tickets are no longer available, but you can buy them at the door starting at 12noon.  Last ticket sold at 130pm.

Arrive and park in the street then walk up the driveway to registration. Tickets are not mailed; your name will be on a list at registration.

The Fine Print

The tour runs rain or shine.

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for tour cancellation. However, you can transfer to others, just have then ask for tickets in your name at registration.

Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.

Unsecured parking is free along the street, then walk down the driveway.  Please do not block driveways or entrances.

To reduce dirt and damage to floors, tour participants are required to remove their shoes (or bring your own booties).

Food, drinks, and smoking are not allowed in the house or grounds.  Photos are allowed and encouraged inside and outside!