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A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture


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Louis Cherry grew up in Grifton NC. His father was a builder and attended NC State's School of Design.  He attended Fork Union Military Academy, graduating in 1971. He attended Duke University for several years then got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 1977. In 1978, he was a general contractor for passive solar homes in Greenville. He hired an architect for these homes who became his mentor in sustainable design, Byron Franklin.

Cherry received his Masters of Architecture from the NCSU College of Design in 1983. After working for Design Dimensions 1981-1984, he moved to Hager Smith Huffman where he became a partner.

In 1992, Cherry founded Cherry Huffman Architects with Dan Huffman. While there he designed the unbuilt Clarence Lightner Public Safety Center, below.

2016 Interview

With other business partners, he started the much-loved restaurant Enoteca Vin on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, now closed. He and former wife Ann Marie Baum also owned Cherry Modern, a modern design furnishings business, now closed.

In 2011, the Cherry Huffman merged with RATIO Architects of Indianapolis and Dan Huffman left to start an independent design practice.

In February 2013, Cherry left RATIO for a solo practice as Louis Cherry Architecture (LCA). His personal house became famous in 2014 when a neighbor sued to block construction.  In 2014 LCA became a design/build firm.

2005 - The George A. (Allen) and Marianne Mebane Residence Expansion, 828 Woodward Road, Mocksville, NC. The new expansion, large enough to be a home all by itself, was designed to showcase the owner's art collection and lakeviews. Bottom four photos by James West. Deeded in 2012 to Marianne Mebane and the Davie Community Foundation, Inc. Sold in 2013 to 79 Properties LLC, Casey and Clint Bowyer.

2006 - The Amy Ball Renovation and Addition, 3405 Cherry Lane, Raleigh. Extensive expansion of a 1960's ranch house, bottom photo. Other photos by James West. Construction by Maplewood Building Company.

2008 - The Larry Wheeler Residence Renovation, 44 Cedar Street, Chapel Hill. Photos by James West. Construction by Maplewood Building Company. Additional renovation in 2013 designed by Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins.  An outdoor pavilion was added in 2016, bottom photo.

2008 - The Michael Ferguson and Amity Crowther Renovation and Addition, 2617 Royster, Raleigh. They tore down an older ranch house, bottom photo, except for the garage. Top two photos by Dustin Peck.

2014 - The Michael and Surrinda Roberson Renovation, 2306 Anderson Drive, Raleigh. Photos by Dustin Peck. Bottom photo is the "before" shot.


2014 - The Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon House, 516 Euclid Street, Raleigh. Raleigh's most famous house of 2014. Detailed timeline with documents, key events, and videos.  Photos by Michael Blevins.

2015 - The W. Bailey Hurt and Elizabeth Manzi House, 5305 Sarant Oaks Court, Raleigh. Bottom photo by Bill Kwapil.

2015 - The Gregory and Lindsay Jackson House Renovation, 3319 Coleridge Drive, Raleigh. Addition of a second story. The original house was built in 1959, bottom photo. Remodeled in 2005 by architect David Maurer.

2015 - The Furgurson Addition, 1100 West Cabarrus Street, Raleigh NC.

2015 - The Bosher Residence, 1803 Lakeshore, Fayetteville NC.

2017 - The Colditz/Staples Residence, 719 Runnymede Drive, Raleigh NC.  Former house, bottom photo.

2016 - The Phil Morrison House, aka Carrboro House, aka House for a Filmmaker, 1905 Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill. Commissioned 2012. Built on the site of the Petrow Deck house.  Built by McLean Builders.

2016 - The RAM Addition.

Sources include: Cherry Huffman Architects, Michael Blevins, RATIO Architects, Dan Huffman, RHDC, Louis Cherry.