1954 - The R. Robb and Ouida C. Taylor House, 104 Laurel Avenue, Carrboro NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1959 to Margaret Robbins Davis. Became a rental. Destroyed in 2011. A new house was completed on the site in 2012, bottom photo.
1956 - The Harry Macklin House, 112 Noble Street, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown; probably built from mail order plans, according to historian Ruth Little. Sold in 1966 to Ralph and Sandra Macklin. Sold to a variety of mortgage companies during the 1970s. Sold in 1975 to Eleanor and Jerome Seng. Sold in 1999 to John and Rita O'Sullivan who still owned it as of 2012. Bottom photo by Leilani Carter.
1957 - The Elisabeth W. and Barry T. Winston House, 3 Sycamore Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Sold in 1976 to Eleanor and Robert N. Broadus. Sold in 1997 to Nina C. Diamond. Sold in 2003 to Kristin M. Hondros and William G. Fick III. Sold in 2014 to Laura T. and James P. Griffin.
1957 - The John S. Clayton House, 1115 Sourwood Circle, Chapel Hill NC. Manufactured by the National Homes Corporation. Sold in 1967 to Helen Norgord Gillin. Sold in 1996 to Joseph Sica. Sold in 2002 to Thomas C. Tucker. Sold in 2007 to Cheryle J. Wicker. Sold in 2011 to Sandra and Michael McManus. Sold in 2013 to Jeanne A. Shanahan and Thomas M. Simon.
1957 - The Ann Thibaut House, 1004 Highland Woods Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Chicago architect Edward D. (Ned) Dart. Built by Van Thomas of Siler City NC. The family lived there for over 50 years. Sold in 2011 to Alexander McLachlan and Mary Turner.
1959 - The James R. and Gladess Hudspeth Crisp House, 1912 Rolling Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by a Mrs. Bone. Deeded in 1975 to Gladess. Sold in 2016 to Thorrarin R. Einarsson and Gudrun Johnsen.
1960 - The Dan Pollitt House, 1018 Highland Woods, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. 3,000 plus sq ft with in-law suite with separate entrance. Sold in 2012 to Wei and Benjamin Z. Duan-Porter.
1961 - The Thom and Beulah Stowe Collins House, 1920 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. The family had a colonial-era church bell they rung every July 4, according to former neighbor Kathy Higginbotham. Beulah Collins died in 1983. In 1985 the house was sold by sons Todd, Paul, and Kent Collins to Louis Crittenden who redid the kitchen and bathrooms. Sold in 1989 to William Edward McConaghay. Sold in 2004 to Richard Crandall. Sold in 2006 to Chad and Jennifer McGlone. Renovated by Steven Fisher of Carrboro who closed in the carport and added a second story. As of 2009, none of the owners know the name of the original architect. Kent Collins recalls the builder as M. J. Cowell. He also recalls that the original house number was 15 Lakeshore Drive; in the 1970s, Chapel Hill renumbered the entire Lake Forest neighborhood.
1961 - The Francis X. Foster and Constance E. Foster Residence, 381 Wesley Court, Chapel Hill NC. 3100 square feet. Although not Modernist in the traditional sense, this plain looking split-level was unique on the inside. Constance Foster significantly modified a magazine plan and got John Cates to build it for $22,000. Some subsequent owners recall it without fondness; the layout was chaotic and didn't make sense. It has been subsequently renovated and improved. Sold in 1964 to Maurice and Marcia Hall. Sold in 1967 to William J. and Sally L. Powers. Sold in 1971 to Andrew McDowd (Mac) Secrest and Ann Secrest. Sold to Donald W. Johnson. Sold to Liselott Weininger Mathews. Sold to James Gray McAllister. Sold to Gordon R. Dragt. Sold in 1985 to John L. and Evelyn Monroe. Sold in 1990 to Gregg D. and Carmela Kemp. Sold in 1992 to Don Andrews and Amy Svoboda. Sold in 2005 to Michael and Sally Gray. Sold in 2006 to Charles and Christine Stanley. Sold in 2009 to Brian Laduc and Louise Williams.
1962 - The Gilbert and Kathleen Berentzen Chase Residence, 2105 Damascus Church Road, Chapel Hill NC. The architect was John Eldridge (Jack) DeCell III from Yazoo City MS and New Orleans LA. DeCell graduated from Yale in 1958 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy from 1960-1962. The builder was Robert Oakes. Sold to James and Marylin Riddle. Sold to John Edmund Phillips. Sold to Mary Beth Powell. Sold in 2005 to Richard and Cyan Godfrey. Arthur Cogswell did an addition in 1972.
1962 - The Robert M. Lester Jr. and Margaret C. Lester House, 117 Bowden Road (aka SR 1946), Chapel Hill NC. 7.5 acres. Designed by Robert M. Lester, Jr. He asked a local architect to draw up his idea. Built by a local contractor. A large addition came later in 1962 including an entry foyer with half bath, study, and master suite on the south side of the house. The basement, added with the addition, was intended to be a rec room. It included both an exterior stairwell and door and trap-door access from a closet inside the master suite. Sold in 1979 to Bernard Flatow. Sold in 1999 to Eugene and Susana Polisky. As shown in the lower photos it seriously deteriorated. Foreclosed in early 2011, then sold in 2011 to Edward H. Kennedy. Sold in 2012 to Robert and C. Shuping. Top two photos by Brooks Lester.
1962 - The Jonas and Alice Kessing House, 401 North Elliott Road, Chapel Hill NC. This was a prefab house designed by Richard Wright. According to Alice Kessing, they hired Oliver Spainhour to put it together and add on a room. They added on again in 1964. Sold to Samuel Longiotti in 1973. Sold to Edward and Jean Lacombe in 1981. Sold in 2010 to Wai Lee Lui and Johannes M. Hoerler. Renovation/addition in 2011 designed by Vinny Petrarca and built by David Ballard Construction. Landscaping by Francis Landscaping.
1962 - 1008 Hillside Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 2016 to Maria A. Guadalupe and Lino B. Guzman.
1962 - The Joyce B. and William J. Peck House, 314 Glendale Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 2012 to Patricia L. and William Gwinn who added to the house during an extensive renovation. Sold in 2015 to Michael H. Potter and Todd A. Gregory.
1964 - The Lilian and James W. Pruett House, 343 Wesley Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Sold in 2013 to Laura L. and William A. Sanders. Sold in 2017 to Rebecca G. and Jacob E. Maine. Sold in 2019 to Emily F. and Andrew Marlin.
1964 - The Paul L. and Mary Ellen Jones Munson House, 407 Clayton Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Carlyle John (Lyle) Stehman. Sold in 1971 to Kenneth B. and Cecily Collins. Sold in 1972 to Paul T. Tompkins. Sold in 1976 to Thomas L. Eisenhower. Sold in 1984 to Louis and Genevieve A. Jansen who still owned it as of 2012. Photo by Heather Wagner.
1964 - 612 Shady Lawn Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1972 to Lou Ann and David J. Brower. Sold in 2019 to Sarah Lipscomb.
1964 - The Mary Jane and Walter A. Burns, Jr. House, 312 Glenwood Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1977 to Patricia and Paul D. Fullager. Sold in 1993 to Martha S. and Donald C. Lo, who did an addition and renovation in 2019-2020. Designed by James Carnahan of Matrix Design. Built by Bruce Miles Construction. Photo by Virginia Faust.
1965 - The Marianne S. Breslin House, 1704 Michaux Road, Chapel Hill NC. Commissioned 1964. Designed from a plan book written by Rudolph A. Matern. Built by Herman B. Lloyd. Photo by Jill Blackburn. Sold in 2018 to Ian E. Jackson.
1965 - The Troy and Roberta Chandler Andrews House, 600 Bolin Brook Farm Road, Carrboro NC. Designed by the Swiss architect Franc Sidler, student of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in the early 1950s. Sidler was not involved in its construction but he did attend the housewarming party along with several invited faculty from the NCSU School of Design. The walls of the house are made primarily of a light-colored lava (dacite felsite) which came from a local volcano that was active about 650 million years ago. As of 2012 owned by their daughter, Jean Earnhardt, and her husband John.
1966 - The J. Herbert (Herb) and Catherine Holland House, 1904 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Unknown architect. Built by J. P. Goforth. Sold in 1970 to Joseph J. and Jamescina Degraffenreidt, Jr. Sold in 2006 to Scott Dwyer. Exterior photo by Dail Dixon. Sold in 2012 to Katherine M. Norton and Fernando B. Salcedo. Kitchen renovations by Becky Shankle/Ecomodernism, bottom photo. Sold in 2015 to Eric Blair and Isabel Llorente as the Blair Llorente Trust. Sold in 2018 to Robertus Van Kempen and Maria Van Tilburg.
1966 - 204 Oleander Road, Carrboro NC. Sold in 1974 to George S. Lensing Jr. Sold in 2019 to Lydia Lopez and Peter Brayshaw.
1967 - The Clifton P. and Clara Jones House, 550 Piney Mountain Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1980 to Jack E. and Nora K. Reed. Sold in 1987 to David and Terry Snyder. Sold in 1989 to Gary J. and Elizabeth Pielak. Sold in 1993 to Bryan and Lilith Shane. Sold in 1998 to Santos and Mary Alverez. Sold in 2007 to Anne S. Lawrence and Sheridan Bell. Sold in 2008 to Jeffrey Dewitte.
1967 - 404 Morgan Creek Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Richard B. Pollman of Home Planners, Inc, a plan book publisher. This is model N1126 without the garage. Sold in 2016 to Atarazia, LLC.
1968 - The Frances Brantly Goodwin House, aka Cats Meow, 406 Lyons Road, Chapel Hill NC. Goodwin moved to NC from Santa Fe NM where she lived in a house designed by Frank Welch, noted Texas Modernist architect. Taking ideas from that house, she created this house with additional ideas from a plan book. Originally 1900 square feet. Sold in 1972 to Lorin and Sue Campbell. In 1976, the Campbells divorced and house went to Sue Campbell. Campbell) Sold in 2000 to James S. Resnick and Janet Kagan. Ellen Weinstein designed a 2001 addition, built by McLean, bottom photo. Deeded in 2010 to Janet Kagan. Sold in 2016 to Megan W. and Eric W. Butler. Sold in 2019 to Meredith and Alberto Tarajano.
1969 - The Ladnor and Shirley Geissinger House, 1105 Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built by JP Goforth. Designed by the Geissingers and a draftsman named Bisbing in Chapel Hill. Sunroom added in 1994 and below it a storage area, walk in closet and bathroom designed by Steven Gaddis. Still owned by the Geissingers as of 2018.
1969 - The Robert Byrd House, 404 North Elliott Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built from mail order plans by J. P. Goforth. Sold to Patricia Bryan. Sold to Stephen Huddart. Sold to Lisa Tust. For rent in 2014. Color photo by Lucy Pittman.
1969 - 629 Sugarberry Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by JP Goforth, according to 628 Kensington owner Radu Rosu. Sold to Bruce and Betty Crumpton. Sold in 2010 to Gary T. Henry and Pamela Sack. Sold in 2013 to Daniel and Linda Janssen.
1969 - The Paul and Sylvia Hubbard House, 1710 Audubon Road, Chapel Hill NC. Based on a design by L. M. Brunier & Associates of Portland OR with extensive modifications by the Hubbards. Built by J. P. Goforth. Photos by Jill Ridky-Blackburn and Jim Pearce. Sold in 2014 to Katherine L. Mottola and Robert S. Taylor.
1969 - The Beryl C. and Robert J. M. Horton House, 601 Lakeshore Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Built from mail order plans. Later, the kitchen was expanded towards the street along with adding a screen porch. Sold in 1989 to Kenneth G. Jens and Betty Nye Gordon. Sold in 1998 to Donald R. and Susan W. Brewer. Sold in 2013 to Maureen H. and John G. Ward. Sold in 2016 to Emily C. and Stephen D. Moorefield.
1970 - 1707 Curtis Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Abandoned and foreclosed. Sold in 2017 to Shing Yeung.
1970 - The Kenneth F. Bott Jr. House, 624 Sugarberry Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed and built by Bruce Crumpton of Spence Lester and Crumpton. Sold in 2013 to Judson Bowman. Sold in 2019 to Amaloo Family Investments LLC.
1970 - The Edward Johnson House, 6000 Buckhorn Road, Hillsborough NC. Designed and built by Bomar Construction. Similar to a Deck House. As of 2013 still owned by Edward Johnson.
1970 - 1419 Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Robert D. Vance. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1970 - 603 Rock Creek Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by J. P. Goforth. Sold in 2016 to Arun Krishnamurthy and Shivani Bansal.
1971 - The Henry and Elizabeth Watkins House, 2520 Falls Drive, Chapel Hill NC. 1723 sf. Architect unknown. Built by Don Ward. Sold in 2005 to Owen Franklin and Charles Cobine. Sold in 2007 to Michael and Laurie Kronenberg. Sold in 2010 to Mark and Constanza Radcliffe.
1971 - The George and Ann Lathrop House, 606 Greenwood Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed and built by Bomar Construction. This was the first house built by Bomar. Sold in 1996 to Priscilla L. and John Manley Dennison who still owned it as of 2012.
1972 - 309 Shelton Street, Carrboro NC. Flat roof with cinder block walls. Architect unknown. Sold in 1973 to Willaire Inc. Sold in 1988 to Elsie Gooch. Sold in 1994 to Susan Rodemeir who still owned it as of 2012. Photo by Julie Hollenbeck.
1972 - The Barclay and Elizabeth Martin House, 1439 Poinsetta Drive, Chapel Hill NC. 2496 sf. Designed and built by Bomar Construction. As of 2013 owned by Helen and Allan Lehman. Photos by Duffy Healey.
1972 - The Gisela B. and Robert P. Kusy House, 113 Cynthia Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Transferred in 2008 to Gisela Kusy. Sold in 2014 to Yuechuan Yuan and Wenyuan Xiong.
1972 - 901 Kings Mill Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Douglas A. Drossman. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1973 - 2204 Winterberry Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1980 to Carl and Elizabeth Strawser. Sold later in 1980 to Joe F. Matthews Jr. Sold in 1982 to Martin and Diane Latta. Sold in 1985 to Joe F. Matthews, Jr. Sold in 1991 to Joe and Diane Matthews. Sold in 2000 to David and Cathy Giffen. Sold in 2006 to Michael and Kathleen Gleason. Sold in 2013 to Oldin and Monica Mihalcescu. Sold in 2016 to Philip and Ann Weber.
1974 - The John J. and Kathleen Gallagher House, 401 Lakeshore Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1984 to William and Nancy Hook. Sold in 2004 to Joel D. Farren and Darcy Berger. Renovated in 2005 by architect Jay Fulkerson. Sold in 2008 to Jeffrey and Sonya Fischer. Sold in 2011 to William and Valerie Copeland. Sold in 2017 to Susanna Caviglia and Nicolas Brunel.
1974 - The Joseph and Marie Lovera House, 637 Kensington Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1980 to Homequity Inc. Sold in 1989 to John P. and Martine Yolande Eckblad. Sold in 2004 to Randall J. and Rosalia G. Blanco.
1974 - The William R. and Sarah Proffit House, 620 Rock Creek Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by KY architect Richard B. Isenhour. Sold in 2009 to Brian and Helen B. Buckley. Sold in 2012 to David and Leigh Dasher.
1974 - 1436 Poinsett Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Anne S. Wynne. Sold in 1999 to Kenneth M. Gorforkle who still owned it as of 2014. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1974 - The Bob Bryan House, 206 Davie Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Designed and built by Bryan, who was a realtor. Sold in 1976 to Marge and Bill Cowan. Sold in 2007 to Barrington Hill. Renovated by Jay Fulkerson. Second photo by Heather Wagner.
1974 - The Jan and Aletta Boeke House, 613 Kensington Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown by all parties - it was probably a Deck or plan book house. Sold in 1992 to Robert and Vivian V. Plonsey. The Plonseys added onto the house and repositioned the front steps. Sold in 2001 to David W. and Elizabeth Hays, Jr. Sold in 2003 to Geoffrey Harpham and Joan Barasovska. Photo by Heather Wagner. Sold in 2016 to Susan Hester and Sarah Douglass.
1974 - 110 Farrington Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Walter Pierce. Sold in 2017 to Shiney and Michael D. Deel.
1974 - The Tina S. and David Lee House, 105 Highland Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 2005 to Maria and Artem Kazantseva. Was a rental for a few years. Sold in 2020.
1975 - The Susan and H. Mark Daley Jr. House, 2411 Honeysuckle Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by J. P. Goforth. Sold in 1976 to Doris P. and James H. Shumaker. Sold in 1980 to David E. and Bonnie M. Boaz. Lucy Carol Davis did renovations in the 1980s and 1990s. Sold in 2013 to Jennifer and Eric B. Vuillermet.
1975 - 1423 Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Louise Zjawin Francke. Sold in 1998 to Craig M. McKay who still owned it as of 2014. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1975 -641 Wellington Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Built by J. P. Goforth. Sold in 2017 to Mark Gersovitz.
1975 - 628 Kensington Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by JP Goforth, according to owner Radu Rosu. Sold to Eben F. and Nancy Tilly Jr. Deeded to Nancy Tilly. Sold in 2006 to Radu Rosu. Available for rent.
1976 - 1427 Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to William Elzie Bolen. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1976 - 1421 Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to William E. Rupp. Sold in 2004 to Carol Oleson. Photo by Duffy Healey. Sold in 2019 to Deb and Joe Carbo.
1977 - The Vivian Lovell House, 104 Wolf's Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Lani Cartier. She had the plans but they had no date or architect's name. Sold in 2011 to Emily and Michael Triplett.
1977 - 329 Azalea Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to John P. Dimos. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1977 - 1423 Poinsett Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Sold to David L. Straight. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1977 - 2508 Foxwood Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Built by JP Goforth, according to 628 Kensington owner Radu Rosu. Sold to Leon and Abraham Kiersenbaum. Sold in 1980 to Philip and Linda Carl. Sold in 2000 to Jeffrey Johnson and Olga Deyneka.
1978 - The John W. and Pamela Drake House, 108 Porter Place, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Ralph Lasater of Lasater/Blakely. Built by J. P. Goforth. Sold for the first time in 2017 to Kelly and Howard Zellman.
1980 - The Cliff and Linda Butler Residence, 867 Cedar Fork Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by the owner. Working drawings byJohn Couch of J. P. Goforth's Security Building Company's design department. Leon Meyers built the house, also while working for Security Building Company. Dail Dixon did a kitchen renovation and addition in 2004, built by Meyers who by then long had his own construction firm. Photos by Leon Meyers. As of 2014 still owned by the Butlers. Garage addition in 2014 designed by Dail Dixon, built by Leon Meyers, bottom photos.
1981 - The William Nealy and Holland Wallace House, 4912 Boulder Run, Hillsborough NC. Designed by architect Ronald L. (Ron) Mace. 17 acres. Sold in 2010 to Steven Dock.
1981 - The Alan E. and Mary Lynn Taylor Rimer House, 609 Lakeshore Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 1996 to Gart D. and Anne T. Davis. Sold in 2004 to Carrie W. and Thomas C. Perkins.
1981 - 1425 Grey Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 2016 to Sally L. Van Wert and Norman J. Glassbrook.
1982 - The Richard and Martha Beutel House, 4 Buttons Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built by J. P. Goforth. Architect unknown. Sold to Mary A. D. Eubanks. Sold to Barbara Wood and M. J. Pratt. Sold to Alan Goldstein and Diane Chambless. Sold in 2002 to Pamela Cuff and Tracy Lewis. Kitchen renovation by Dail Dixon. Transferred in 2012 to Pamela Cuff. Top photo by Carin Walsh. Bottom photo by Virginia Faust.
1983 – The Sally Jesse and Mack Brown House, 830 Kenmore Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to Sharon Palsha and Jake Freiberger. Unsure if Modernist.
1985 - The Roy and Laura Mathew Residence, 3813 Windy Hill Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Robert Anderson of Nashville TN, a friend of the Mathews. Built by C. S. Witt. Sold to Luca Rigotti and Marily Nixon in 2003. Sold in 2010 to Maria (Mia) S. Halman.
1985 - 1441 Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to William F. Spang. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1988 - 327 Azalea Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown. Sold to David C. Lee. Sold in 1999 to Marcella Burk Groon. Photo by Duffy Healey.
1994 - The Peter and Sabrina U. Glass House, 2409 Falls Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Concept designed by Sabrina Glass. Leonard (Len) Vogel drew up the plans. Built by Ken Kissella of Raleigh. Sold in 1999 to James Boyle and Lauren Dame. Deeded in 2013 to James D. Boyle. Deeded in 2015 to Jennifer Jenkins and James D. Boyle.
1997 - The Rachel and Larry W. Sumney House, 1203 Bayberry Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Ralph Lasater of CPAA. Built by Greg Isenhour, who had a long and sterling reputation in the Chapel Hill area before retiring to the coast and starting Beach Bum Home. For sale in 2020.
2001 - The Dale F. and Karen Sisel House, aka Eagle's Walk, 23935 Cherry Drive, Governor's Club, Chapel Hill NC. Sold in 2008 to David and Catherine Bova. Located in Chatham County. Designed by Mason Edmunds. For sale in 2017.
2004 - The John Doerfer House, aka Black Bull, 102 Strowd Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Bill Luza of Objet Design. Commissioned around 2001. There were 54 iterations. The final version was Japanese in nature; however the client became more concerned with resale value in the traditional outskirts of Chapel Hill, and the modernist Japanese transitioned into a modern farmhouse. Built by Buildex. Sold through bankruptcy in 2006 to Kim and Janet Stoltz who hired landscape architect Eric Davis. Sold in 2018 to Gita N. Mody and Neeraj K. Surana.
2005 - The Nathan Wieler and Ingrid Tung House, aka the area's first DWELL house, 196 Beech Hill (aka 3246 Hanks Chapel Road), Pittsboro NC. Designed by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz of R4A (Resolution 4 Architecture).
The area's second DWELL house in Hillsborough NC, designed by Joel Turkel, is here.
Nathan Wieler and Ingrid Tung were frustrated with the limited options available in new and existing houses and shared them with DWELL magazine. In 2002, Wieler and DWELL initiated the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a 21st century version of the Case Study Houses program. The construction budget was to be $200,000 plus the land (bought for around $200,000) for a house on 9 acres. The design had to be prefab, so in order to move them by truck, sections could not be wider than 16 feet. Sixteen architects from the US and abroad were selected to submit designs.
In 2003, the Wielers selected Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz of Resolution4 Architecture in New York. Module assembly began April 2004 at Carolina Building Systems in Salisbury, North Carolina. Soon the parts would be put together, and by July 2004, over 2000 people braved the searing summer heat during an open house.
In December 2004, DWELL declared the competition a huge success. The Wielers were indeed the owners of a stunning new home, called "the most high-profile modern prefab house in America" by the Washington Post and credited by many writers as the spark in a new movement of modern prefab housing. Yet getting to actual occupancy would take longer. It would not be until April 2005 that the Wielers moved in. The process had been far more expensive, time-consuming, and problematic than anyone had anticipated - and nowhere near $200,000.
Although the construction contract (excluding land, architect fees and site work) was initially for $206,000, it ran about $350,000. That figure did not include corporate sponsors who provided everything from construction materials to appliances, adding another $200,000 at least. Windows, for instance, were provided by Loewen, a Canadian concern specializing in the luxury market. Trex provided the planks for all the decks.
Other sponsors include Artemide, Fisher & Paykel, Jenn-Air, Kohler, Lennox and Marmoleum. Raleigh architect Louis Cherry and Ann Marie Baum were involved with R4A and also provided interior design products and services, helped with public showings of the home and coordinated press photography.
Total final cost: ball park of approximately $750,000 including land, construction, sponsor donations, architect fees, and site work. But what a great house! 2340 sf inside, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, pulled together by 1,500 square feet of decks and upwards of 80 windows. Wieler finished construction after firing the original contractor, Mount Vernon Homes, Inc., very close to completion. Just seven months later, in November 2005, Wieler put the home on the market. It finally sold in 2009, for much less than construction cost, to Sha Chang and Alfred Kleinhammes. Sources include Nathan Wieler, Wieler, Washington Post, Archinect, New York Times. Sold in 2017 to Tracy L. and Eric R. Zothner.
2006 - The Eduardo Aversano and Eunice Polido House, 1017 Starfield Circle, Hillsborough NC. Designed by John Hartley. Sold in 2010 to Diana K. and Herman Robinson, III.
2007 - The Chris Russell House I, 2300 Neville Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed and built by Chris Russell. Sold in 2009 to Mike Swim. Sold in 2015 to Marie E. Price and William M. Keelan.
2008 - The Rob and Lauren Munach House, 319 Wrights Way, Pittsboro NC. Designed and built by Rob and Lauren Munach. Rob Munach was the structural engineer with help from friend Jack Haggerty.
2009 - The Philip and Susan Lozier House, 525 Walnut Hill Drive, Hillsborough NC. Designed by Philip Lozier. Built by Spyglass Building Company.
2011 - The Kevin McNeilly / Frederick Russ Residence,108 West Hampton Way, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by architect Ryan Duebber of Cincinnati OH. Built by Krichco Construction. Sold in 2019 to Barbara I. Campbell and Douglas R. Kopec.
2012 - The Litwinski-Brubaker House, 107 Partin Street, Chapel Hill NC. Commissioned 2009. Designed and built by Ramon Garcia of Construction Services Contractor Inc.
2013 - The Christopher D. Ehrenfield House, 13132 Morehead, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by David Ripperton. Located in Governors Club, a gated community. Sold to Ralph and Carol Disibio. Sold in 2018 to Robert D. Yox and Rina Sarkar. Featured on Love It or List It.
2014 - The Andrew and Maureen Berner House, aka Bernerhaus, 106 Glass House Road, Carrboro NC. Designed by Len Vogel. Built by Jeff Peloquin.
2015 - The James E. and Selaine Niedel Renovation, 2110 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Tony Lineberry, built by Leon Meyers. Original house was Colonial; renovation is Modernist.
2015 - The David and Lisa Hayes House, aka Casa Mariposa, 127 Glendale Drive, Chapel Hill. Although the core of the smaller original 1964 ranch house was retained, this was 90% new build. Designed by Lyn McClay. Sold in 2018 to Anne Z. and Michael J. Steiner.
2017 - The Eric Sydell House, 8007 Union Grove Church Road, Chapel Hill NC. Designed by Jim Spencer.
2019 - 1987 Mebane Oaks Road, Mebane NC. Architect unknown. Sold in 2019 to Backwoods Land, LLC.
2019 - The John Wood House, 316 Woodhaven Road, Chapel Hill NC. Architect unknown.