The 1954 Julian House Tour
Saturday, December 9, 10am-2pm
(moved from November 18)
101 Ledge Lane, Chapel Hill

See one of George Matsumoto's classic designs, never before open for a public tour!

The 1954 Julian House was designed by George Matsumoto and built by Frank Walser.  Designed for the family of Milton Julian, locally known proprietor of Milton's Clothing Cupboard and the uncle to internationally-known designer Alexander Julian.

Until the area's principal developer Professor Coker's death in 1953, Coker or his wife had personally approved all house plans prior to construction and apparently required new home builders to consult with university architects. Coker naturally favored the popular Colonial revival style so prevalent in Chapel Hill and UNC. This "design review process" ceased after his death. The neighbors argued that the design was not in character with surrounding houses and attempted to use deed restrictions in the subdivision governing aesthetic harmony to prevent Julian from building his home. They sued all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court which ruled the design covenants were unenforceable.  Another victory for Modernism!

If you fall in love with the house, it's for sale!


Tickets
Entry Times
Tickets are for timed entry; please do not come earlier than your assigned time.  Tickets are not mailed; your name will be on the list at site registration.
The Fine Print

Children who are carried or are in strollers are free.

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for cancellation. However, you can transfer your place to another person; just have them ask for the tickets in your name at site registration.

The tour runs rain or shine. 

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

Unsecured parking is free along the street.  Please do not block any driveways or entrances.

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

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