JOSEPH LEE "JOE" NASSIF (1933-)
Nassif grew up in Laurinburg. At age 3 he moved to Warsaw and then Wilson where he finished high school. He went in the Army and worked for the Corps of Engineers. He attended the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1955. He then went to NCSU School of Design and graduated in 1964. After working for Arthur Cogswell until 1971, he started his own architectural practice.
Nassif was Mayor of Chapel Hill from 1979-1985. He retired from architecture in 2004 to do consulting work. Most of his drawings and records were destroyed by storm damage in the early 1990s.
1968 - The Henry Zaytoun House, 3353 Alleghany Drive, Raleigh NC. Nassif also did a beach house for the Zaytouns at Figure Eight Island NC. Photo by Carol Beaver.
Around 1973 - The Louisa Franke Residence, Gray Bluff Trail, Chapel Hill NC. Unsure of the current owner's name. No address or photo. Do you have one?
1974 - The Gary and Fran Wilson Residence, 1512 Arboretum Drive, Chapel Hill. Built by JP Goforth. Sold in 1977 to Eric and Barbara Effman. Sold in 1981 to Robert Fraga. Sold in 2006 to Peter H. Clark and Paige Braswell-Clark. Sold in 2021 to Stephanie C. and Blaine C. Christine.
1974 - The Richard E. Joiner Residence, 7820 Kennebec Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Located in Durham County. 2964 square feet. As of 2012 still owned by the Joiners.
1977 -The Donald F. and Theresa P. (Terri) Vincent Residence, 1202 Brookside Drive, Wilson NC. As of 2012 still owned by Theresa Vincent.
Around 1980 - The Edward Davidian Residence, 200 Saratoga Trail, Heritage Hill Subdivision, Chapel Hill NC. 20 acres. As of 2012 still owned by Edward Davidian.
Year unknown - The Henri (Harry) Veit Residence, Bynum Road, Bynum NC. The locals called the property Toad Hall. Due to wild parties and lots of drug use (hey, it was the late 1960s), the complex was the only private house at the time off-limits to Fort Bragg military personnel. The Nassif-designed main house is the double-rectangular roof on the right of the parking area. The smaller guest house is the one just to the left of the pool, partially obscured by the tree canopy. The L-shaped farmhouse has the red roof.
According to Harry's friend Bob Shriver, "This was a seven-room house, with summer and winter sitting rooms with two bedrooms and just one bathroom. It had a very nice size kitchen with very unique cork floors (especially for that time) and a dining room. All other floors were slate. The summer and winter rooms had a lot of book shelves as Harry was a prolific reader and at times wrote travel articles for the major magazines. His main focus was science fiction. He co-authored two children's books with Alfred Hitchcock. After Harry left for New York City the house was rented." James Taylor and Carly Simon were prospective tenants but that fell through, according to later tenant Michael McKinney.
1973 - The Allen G. Thomas Residence, 2305 Quail Road NW, Wilson NC. Thomas is Nassif's first cousin. As of 2012 still owned by the Allens.
Sources include: Henry Zaytoun, Sr.; Joe Nassif; Peter Clark; Michael McKinney; Bob Schriver.