DANIEL (DAN) PRESTON MACMILLAN JR. (1921-2020)
Dan MacMillan is one of Fayetteville's most recognized architects. He went to school at NCSU and graduated in 1948 just before Henry Kamphoefner came on board as Dean of the newly formed School of Design. After working a few years for Jim Webb, he worked for a year as a project engineer for Muirhead Construction on Raleigh's Dorton Arena. MacMillan recalled that Mies Van Der Rohe came to visit during that year to see the Arena.
In 1952, he founded Dan MacMillan Architect and Associates in Fayetteville with his brother Frank MacMillan. When Frank got his license, the firm was renamed MacMillan and MacMillan. They were soon joined by Mason Hicks. Photo above, left to right: Dan MacMillan, Mason Hicks, Frank MacMillan. In 1968, the MacMillans joined with two new partners to form MacMillan, MacMillan, Shawcroft and Thames. That partnership brokeup in 1970. MacMillan sold the business to George Ellinwood after his brother Frank died in 1991 and worked there for a few years, then retired. His archives are at NCSU.
Late 1950s - The NCO Club at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville NC. Dick Bell was the landscape architect. Instead of working through the Army Corps of Engineers, as was common practice, the sergeants involved wanted a great Modernist building and got a loan from the Army to fund construction.
"The office you go into the first few years is really determinant of the way you turn out." –Dan MacMillan
After the Dust Settles, a documentary on a Fayetteville tear down, the Kistler-Hollstein House designed by Dan MacMillan. Produced by Jan Johnson and Pat Wright of Moonlight Communications. Part 1 Part 2
1953 - The Tom Suggs House, 728 Athens Avenue, Fayetteville NC. According to Dan MacMillan, it featured the first deck in town. Sold to Robert J. Lints.
1953 - The H. J. Ziegler House, 606 Forest Lake Drive, Fayetteville NC. Former address was 606 Vista Drive. On the lake. Designed by Mason Hicks while working with Dan MacMillan. Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Destroyed approximately late 2008. The land was sold in 2012.
1955 - The Samuel D. Mendelsohn House, 2309 Westdale Drive, Fayetteville NC. Commissioned in 1954. Project architect, Mason Hicks. Probably built by C. E. Reeves and Sons of Fayetteville. Originally I-shaped. Several additions. Sold to Tim White and Rachel Blackmer. Sold in 2015 to Rebecca W. and David N. Wendelken. Sold in 2020 to Helen and Anthony Wilson. Sold in 2023 to Michelle L. and Billy R. Clark.
1955 - The E. C. Garber House, 1810 Lakeshore Drive, Fayetteville NC. Dan MacMillan was the primary architect along with his brother.
1955 - The Bernard Fleishman House, 2702 Skye Drive, Fayetteville NC. Sold to William and Mary Pollitt.
1956 - The Paul Kitchen House, Warsaw NC. Has been sold. Do you know where it is?
1957 - The Ursula and John Green House, 124 Dundee Road, Fayetteville NC. Designed by MacMillan and MacMillan. Sold to Kerry and Jeanne Clancy.
1958 - The Charles E. Kistler and Dell Hollstein House, 323 Birnam Drive, Fayetteville NC. The Kistler-Hollstein house was one of the best local examples of Modernist architecture. Landscape design by Dick Bell, shown with MacMillan in top photo. Dell Hollstein lived on the 2.1 acre property for almost 50 years. She had it on the market for a number of years and lowered the price several times. There were calls to move it but that was impossible because of the concrete slab. Preservation North Carolina officials visited the site but their interest came too late. Developer Buzz Loyd became interested in the land only after Hollstein removed the condition that the house remain. The house was destroyed in 2005 and replaced by McMansions, bottom three photos by Moonlight Communications.
After the Dust Settles, a documentary the Kistler-Hollstein House by Jan Johnson and Pat Wright of Moonlight Communications. Part 1 Part 2
1958 - The Harold L. Godwin House, 1813 Lakeshore Drive, Fayetteville NC. Designed by MacMillan and MacMillan. Frank MacMillan was the primary architect. Still owned by Godwin as of 2023.
1960 - The Samuel A. and Michelle Wright House, 3609 Drayton Road, Fayetteville NC. Still owned by the Wrights as of 2023.
1961 - The Sam M. and Jeanne B. Wright House, 2514 South Edgewater Drive, Fayetteville NC. Sold in 1977 to Hans Johannes and Tilly Yvonne Koek. Sold in 1979 to Mary L. and Charles L. Anglin Jr. Sold in 1984 to Jennifer Williams Carter. Sold in 1997 to Ernesto J. F. and Sherri L. Graham.
1964 - The William S. and Mary Jane Ward Residence, 401 Ramblewood Drive, Raleigh NC. Frank MacMillan designed a U-shaped house built on 3.4 acres - over a stream - something cities don't let you do anymore. Built by Caviness and Son. Dick Bell was the landscape architect. Ezra Meir was the structural engineer. Paul H. Brown was the mechanial engineer. Appeared in NC Architect, June-July 1968. Photos by Lewis P. Watson.
After William Ward died by suicide in the driveway, his widow sold the property in 1968 to Carl and Anne Broadus. Sold in 1973 to Philip and Sylvia Redwine. Sold in 1976 to R. L. and Jean Poe Martin. Sold in 1978 to Emerson Scarborough. Sold in 1991 to Lonnie Poole, CEO of Waste Industries. Sold in 2008 to Ramblewood LLC Properties, Ven and Lisa Poole. In 2011 they did a renovation and addition designed by JDavis Architects, expanding the bridge section over the creek.
1965 - The Stacy Weaver-James Warner House, 2865 Skye Drive, Fayetteville NC. Designed by MacMillan and MacMillan. Sold to James and Julie Warner. Sold to Kimberly Ann Barrie. Photo by Ericka Giroux.
1966 - The Erasmus (Ras) Evans House, 142 Ellerslie Drive, Fayetteville NC. Deeded to his daughter, Ellen Evans Jordan, and Carl Jordan.
1967 - The Dorothy Hutaff House, 411 Devane Street, near the Kistler-Hollstein House, Fayetteville NC. Sold to Joan English Allen. Photo by Michelle Myers.
1967 - The Kenneth and Jean Dickinson House, 409 Ramblewood Drive, Raleigh NC. They bought the land from neighbor William Ward. One of the few single family houses built by commercial contractor Seby Jones. Still in the Dickinson family as of 2023.
1967 - The John C. and Rita A. Mitchell House, 1807 Lakeshore Drive, Fayetteville NC. Sold in 2006 to Sonja Rothstein. Destroyed.
1969 - The Henry Rankin House, 505 Valley Road, Fayetteville NC. Sold to Norwood Bryan.
1970 - The James Sutherland House, 501 Valley Road, Fayetteville NC. Sold in 1988 to Joe McLeod. Sold in 2006 to Margaret and John Dickson. Sold in 2022 to Susannah and Sunjay Barton.
1970 - The Denny and Betty Shaffer House, 2910 Skye Drive, Fayetteville NC. Sold in 2019 to Rebecca B. and Eric R. Sigmon.
1970 - The William and Urana DeGraw House, 1120 Longleaf Drive, Fayetteville NC. Sold in 1973 to Assad and Patricia Meymandi. Sold in 1993 to Johnny and Zula Wood.
Sources include: Dan MacMillan; Brian Shawcroft; Jan Johnson & Pat Wright of Moonlight Communications; Fayetteville Observer; MdM Consultants; 2009 Fayetteville Modern Architecture Survey Report; Kate Walker.