NC Architecture Resources


In March 2019, Our State Magazine featured 60 pages on Modernist houses across North Carolina. The Marvelous Mr. Modern: George Smart set out to save a historic, but often overlooked, architectural style in North Carolina. By showcasing the functional beauty of these homes across the state, he’s rallied folks to the cause of Mayberry Modernism.  The Four Elements of a Modern Home: An acclaimed North Carolina architect picks four homes whose distinctive features — from sleek rooflines to dramatic windows — illustrate the mid-century modern aesthetic.  Blueprint For A Movement: A tenacious architect with a lofty goal turned North Carolina State University into a powerhouse of modernist design. 

The Warmth of Glass & Stone: Growing up in a modernist masterpiece taught two sisters that a house is far more than a home — it’s a feeling.  The Ranch Revival: In Charlotte, a broker and a home designer have come up with a new twist on a classic design. It doesn’t fit in with today’s trends. And that’s the point.  The Urban Loft: For architect Adam Sebastian, a childhood spent building forts and tree houses in Forsyth County honed the design skills that he used to create a home high above the treetops.  The Farmhouse: A menagerie of animals — along with their human keepers — delight in a beautifully and sustainably designed life on the farm.  The Beach House: Maritime relics, nautical touches, and an utterly modern design merge in an island home that’s both historic and contemporary.  The Mountain Retreat: Three retired friends from Chicago threw caution to the mountain wind and built a sleek and sophisticated home for two households.

NCModernist NCModernist Archives at NC State University Special Collections
NCModernist NC Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places
NCModernist NCModernist Pioneering NC Black Architects through 1970
NCModernist NCModernist Pioneering NC Women Architects through 1970
NCModernist NCModernist What I've Learned: Insightful observations on life and design from North Carolina architects and designers
NCModernist Incomplete 1984-2013 NC architecture awards, including AIANC, Spectator, AIA Triangle, and some SAR (South Atlantic Regional AIA)
NCModernist NC General Statutes on Architects and Architecture -- what's allowed in the profession and what's not
NCModernist Preservation North Carolina Booklet on Preservation Tax Credits
NCModernist 2018 Raleigh Modern Commercial Architecture Survey 1945-1975

NCModernist 2016 Historic Coker Hills in Chapel Hill NC by Jill Ridky-Blackburn. Buy print copy.
NCModernist 2016 Oakwood: Cherry/Gordon vs. Wiesners NC Court of Appeals Ruling.
NCModernist 2014 Oakwood: Cherry/Gordon vs. Wiesners Superior Court Ruling.
NCModernist 2014 Oakwood: Oak City Preservation Alliance pamphlet.
NCModernist 2013 Sweet Homes Coloring Book.
NCModernist 2013 Durham Magazine article on George Smart.
NCModernist 2012 1950's Modern Mail-Order houses by David Hill.
NCModernist 2011 Charlotte Observer - NCModernist saves a Charlotte house by AG Odell.
NCModernist 2011 RPPN article on NCModernist's Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina.
NCModernist 2010 RPPN article on George Smart and Mayberry Modernism.
NCModernist 2010 Forsyth County South Suburban Area Plan Draft.
NCModernist 2010 Richard Neutra's Cyclorama in Gettysburg PA.
NCModernist 2009 Greensboro Historic Resources Survey 1940-1970.
NCModernist 2009 Raleigh Historic Districts Commission on Modernism
NCModernist 2009 Forsyth County Phase III Survey Report by Fearnbach History Services, Inc
NCModernist 2009 Fayetteville Modern Architecture Survey Report by MdM Historical Consultants.
NCModernist 2008 Fayetteville Street Study, Raleigh, by MdM Historical Consultants.
NCModernist 2008 Forsyth County Phase II Report by Fearnbach History Services, Inc.
NCModernist 2007 AIA North Carolina Design Award winners 1955-2007
NCModernist 2006 The Development of Modernism in Raleigh 1945-1965 by M. Ruth Little

NCModernist 1998 Guide Map to 20th Century Architecture in Raleigh. Page one and page two
NCModernist 1994 Early Modern Architecture in Raleigh Associated with NCSU by David Black.
NCModernist 1992 Raleigh Comprehensive Architectural Survey Final Report by Helen Patricia Ross.

NCModernist 1978 Raleigh Architectural and Historical Inventory
NCModernist 1978 Winston-Salem Architectural and Historical Inventory

NCModernist 1971 NCModernist 1975 NCModernist 1977 NCModernist 1978 NCModernist 1981 NCModernist 1986
NCModernist 1990 NCModernist 1993 NC Public Schools of Interest

NCModernist 1965 The 1965 North Carolina State Capital Plan, a visionary effort for that didnt' happen
NCModernist 1960's Brochure from Ezra Meir, structural engineer for many Modernist buildings and former owner of the Catalano House
NCModernist 1956 AIA Regional Conference for the South Atlantic District Tour guide for Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh

Books


2007 - NC State University School of Design: The Kamphoefner Years 1948-1973 / Reflections and Recollections, by Roger Clark FAIA

1990 - Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice Of Building, by Catherine Bishir, Charlotte Brown, Carl Lounsbury, and Ernest Wood III

NCModernist 1960 The South Builds, written by Terry Waugh, Elizabeth Waugh, and Henry Kamphoefner
NCModernist 1960's Douglas Fir Second Homes for Leisure Living, including George Matsumoto
NCModernist 1954 Quality Budget Houses by Katherine Morrow Ford and Thomas Creighton
NCModernist 1954 Treasury of Contemporary Houses
NCModernist 1952 Living Spaces by George Nelson
NCModernist 1951 The American House Today by Katherine Morrow Ford
NCModernist 1950's Architectural Record Mid-Century Houses Technical Guide
NCModernist 1946 MOMA If You Want to Build a House by Elizabeth B. Mock
NCModernist 1945 Tomorrow's House by George Nelson and Henry Wright
NCModernist 1940 The Modern House in America, by James Ford and Katherine Morrow Ford

NCModernist Around 1940 - Houses by Coffey (Five Points area of Raleigh NC)


Databases


NCModernist NCModernist's donations to NCSU Special Collections
NCModernist Digital NC: statewide data repository including City Directories and photos
NCModernist Digital NC Newspaper Archives
NCModernist National AIA Architect Directories (aka the Bowker Directories) 1956, 1962, 1970

NCModernist NCSU's Architecture Archives
NCModernist NCSU's Historical NCSU Archives - everything Wolfpack, from yearbooks to faculty profiles.
NCModernist NCSU's Architects and Builders Database - profiles from the 1700's through about 1950
NCModernist NCSU's Built Heritage of NC - photo library of NC buildings

NCModernist Search all the NCSU, UNC, and Duke libraries

NCModernist NC Echo / Cultural Heritage Online

Major NC Counties: please email if these links change.
Wake (Raleigh): NCModernist Land NCModernist Deeds
Durham: NCModernist Land NCModernist Deeds
New Hanover (Wilmington): NCModernist Deeds
Mecklenburg (Charlotte): NCModernist Land NCModernist Deeds NCModernist GIS
Guilford (Greensboro): NCModernist Deeds
Forsyth (Winston-Salem): NCModernist Land NCModernist Deeds
Buncombe (Asheville): NCModernist Land NCModernist Deeds NCModernist GIS

Publications


NCModernist

NC Architect Magazine, published by AIA North Carolina.


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Metro Magazine was a monthly full-color city/regional publication founded and published by Bernie Reeves in Raleigh NC. In addition to opinion, politics, arts, and entertainment,Metro Magazine had the area's best regular architecture and design coverage, following the pattern of Reeves' earlier publications, Spectator and Triangle Business Journal. Metro ended in 2013.

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DesignLife, formerly called Design Influence, is the magazine for the NC State University College of Design, formerly called the School of Design:

NCModernist 1968 NCSU School of Design Curriculum

NCModernist 1970 NCSU School of Design Curriculum

NCModernist 1991-1992 NCSU Studios

NCModernist 1992-1994 NCSU School of Design Curriculum

The NCSU School of Design Student Publication was established to honor the memory of Matthew Nowicki, the first head of the architecture program under Henry Kamphoefner at NC State University's School of Design. The publications quickly grew to encompass all of the school's design disciplines, not just architecture. Between 1950 and 1985, there were 58 issues. The numbers refer to volumes and issues, so 9-2 is Volume 9, Number 2.

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NCModernist Home of the Month was a collaborative effort between the News and Observer (Raleigh NC) and the NC State University's College of Design's Home Environments Design Initiative administered by Georgia Bizios. The series ended in December 2010. No issues Dec 2008, Dec 2009, Jul 2010, or Nov 2010.

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