NCMH's Modernist Bus Tour
Saturday, April 13, 8am-5pm
Starting and Ending Point: Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham

Enjoy a great day touring new and recently-renovated Modernist houses and buildings without the hassle of driving!  Modapalooza includes the delightful company of fellow Modernist architecture fans, breakfast, snacks, drinks, a delicious lunch, and free wifi in our luxury restroom-equipped, air-conditioned bus. You'll also meet many of the architects, designers, and builders! 

The Chase House, Hillsborough, designed by Larry Scarpa and built by Tonic Construction

The Creekwood House, Raleigh, designed by Louis Cherry, built by BuildSense

The Stimmel House, Raleigh, designed by Matt Griffith and Erin Sterling Lewis

The Dayan House, Durham, designed and built by Jonathan Dayan

The Ashworth House, Durham, designed by Russell Robinson

The Dennis Renovation, Cary, designed and built by Will Alphin

The Koontz House, Raleigh, inspired by George Matsumoto, renovated by Frank Harmon and most recently Louis Cherry

The Yamato Philbeck House, Raleigh, designed by Matt Griffith and Erin Sterling Lewis


$149 per person general public, $139 per person Mod Squad members. Includes coffee and bagels, snacks, and a BBQ lunch.  If you want a vegetarian lunch, please email after buying tickets.

Tour Options

There will be two buses on a 45-minute staggered schedule throughout the day. One bus departs at 8am and returns by 5pm; the other departs at 845am and returns by 545pm.  Buses will be assigned randomly by party. If you want to sit together, please register your party in one transaction.  Otherwise, you may be on opposite buses!

The Fine Print

Plan to arrive at the Sheraton Imperial, 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham NC, no later than 730am for coffee and bagels. We meet near the tennis courts, photo above, to the left of the hotel near the Gym. We've got a full day, so if you're not here on time, the bus will leave without you!

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for tour cancellation. However, you can transfer your place to another person with at least a week's written notice to NCMH.  The tour runs rain or shine. The itinerary and order of trip events are subject to change without notice or refund.

All participants are required to sign a liability release form which will be e-mailed a few weeks ahead. You will not be allowed to participate without a completed, signed form.

Some houses are not handicap-accessible. Participants must navigate stairs unaided and be able to walk for at least a hour at a time. You may stay on the bus at any point if you wish.  Strollers are not permitted inside any houses. 

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

Unsecured parking is free at the Sheraton Imperial.

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

Food, drinks, and smoking are not allowed in the houses; however drinks, snacks, and lunch are provided on the bus.  

Smoking and alcohol are not allowed on the bus. 

Photos are allowed and encouraged both inside and outside all the houses.

Proceeds benefit NCMH, a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit educational archive. 
Questions?  Contact George Smart at 919.740.8407.