||A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture
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ALBERT CARL KOCH and TECHBUILT HOUSES
Albert Carl Koch was born in Milwaukee WI. He was educated at Harvard and got a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard in 1937. He then moved to Sweden and worked for Sven Markelius for six months, blending his formal education with clean Scandinavian design. He returned to the US to design mostly houses for Edward Durell Stone, including a house for his own parents.
Later in the 1940's, Koch designed several affordable prefabricated housing prototypes. He did the original Acorn House (1946), re-design of the all-steel Lustron House (1949), and Conantum, one of the nation’s first cluster housing developments, in Concord MA (1951).
Launched in 1953, his Techbuilt House was wildly successful and would eventually be available in twenty-two models. The Techbuilt House could be constructed (on average) for $7.50/sf, as compared to $10/sf for a conventional house and $15/sf for a custom-built house. Over 3,000 houses were sold in the US before 1963. In 1958, Koch co-authored a book with Andy Lewis titled At Home With Tomorrow about the Techbuilt House and his other prefab designs.
1954 - The Herbert M. and Veva Jaeger House, 102 Glenwood Road, Morganton NC. Sold around 1957 to the Brysons. Sold to the Clarks. Fell into disrepair. Sold to Harry and Denice Seng. Sold in 2016 to Danielle H. and Richard Scott Garnes.
Around 1956 - The C. D. S. Clarkson House, 1.33 miles from town on Franklin Road, Hwy 64, Highlands NC.
Around 1956 - The Mrs. Gilbert S. Brownell House, Billy Cabin Ridge, 54 Brownell Road, Highlands NC.
1957 - The Clifton H. and Juanita Kreps Residence, 634 Morgan Creek Road, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1974 to Jay and Carolyn Judson. Sold in 1991 to David and Ruth Morgan who still owned it as of 2012. Garage added in 1994.
1959 - The John and Anne Spitznagel House, 515 Morgan Creek Road, Chapel Hill. Photo by Dail Dixon. Sold in 1965 to George W. and Barbara Selden Douglas. Sold in 1967 to Robert M. and Mary Alice Griffin. Sold in 1970 to Robert and Jewel Frary. Sold in 1971 to Charles and Jean Vickery. Sold in 1977 to Rodney and Nancy Barfield. Sold in 1979 to Charles H. and Claudia Stephens, Jr. Sold in 1994 to Tom and Marsha Jepsen who still owned it as of 2015.
1960 - The Robert Leonard House, 708 Coker Lane, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1979 to George P. (Philip) and Ruth Manire. Was a rental for many years. Sold in 2001 to Adrianne Hanmer. Sold in 2002 to Floyd G. and Claire Williams Bridgwater, Jr.
1961 - The Edward C. and Hazel Schroeder Bolmeier House, 1535 Pinecrest, Durham. According to their daughter Jane, this is a Techbuilt house. Sold in 1989 to Nancy and Samuel Hope. Sold in 1996 to John Staddon and Lucinda M. Paris. Sold in 2011 to Jacqueline and Gordon Bagwell. Photo by Heather Wagner.
1962 - The Thomas and Nancy Wilson Residence, 2721 Sevier Street, Durham. Two beams run the full length of the house and there are no interior loadbearing walls. The unique hot water heating system not only heats water but the entire house through a series of pipes and radiator fans. 3328 square feet. Sold in 1998 to Deborah Rust. Sold in 2007 to Johannes Bouten and Leta Nutt. Sold in 2009 to Thomas and Wendy Edds.
1962 - 710 Coker Lane, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1973 to George P. (Philip) and Ruth Manire. Sold in 1975 to Kim Simmons. Sold in 1987 to John Scheetz. Sold in 1992 to Evelynn Kawata and James Naudeau. Sold in 1999 to Arlene Davis and John Peterson.
1967 - The Walter Allen, Jr. Residence, 1 Davie Lane, Chapel Hill. Sold in 1971 to Samuel and Gerda Fillenbaum who still owned it as of 2012. Sold in 2016 to Terry Y. Lorant.
1967 – The Jerry and Janice Warren House, 3113 Birnamwood Road, Raleigh. Sold in 1971 to Richard and Edith Sylla. Sold to Edythe Poyner. Sold in 2016 to West Highland Run LLC.
Sources include: Sally Greene, Virginia Faust, Harry Seng, Philip B. Manire, Claire Williams.