The NCModernist Trickle Tour IV
The Blair House
15 Pine Forest Drive, Siler City NC
Saturday, September 12, 8am to 5pm
What's a trickle tour? It's where Modernist fans visit an unoccupied Modernist house at a trickle of the normal rate, dramatically reducing the number of people in the house. There will be no more than 6 people in the 3500sf house at the same time. That's about 600 square feet per person, plus there's greater flexibility in selecting a tour time and ticket price. Participants must wear masks while onsite and maintain a minimum six-foot distance with event staff and other participants.
Designed by architect Arthur Cogswell, this 1966 house is the best of only six Modernist houses in in Siler City! Built by Van Thomas Contractor - these guys really knew what they were doing. Featured in the News and Observer in 1966. The house won an AIA North Carolina Design Award of Merit.
After attending the NCSU School of Design and graduating in 1959, Cogswell worked for Don Stewart at CPAA before opening up his own firm in 1962. In 1964, he hired Werner Hausler. By 1967 they were partners in Cogswell Hausler, a firm that lasted several decades.The partnership at one time was named CHR for Cogswell, Hausler, and Alan Rimer. When the partnership broke up, their records were also divided. Records from Hausler, who died in 1999, were in a storage unit destroyed by Hurricane Floyd. In 1972, Cogswell was named an FAIA, the youngest architect (42) at the time ever to receive that honor. His career exemplified former NCSU School of Design Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s conviction that “the social responsibilities are as vital as the design.” In his last years, he was occupied with an innovative process to relieve famine in Libya. In perfect health, he died of an accidental head injury sustained while walking his dog. Cogswell left a legacy of mid-century houses that are still prized today. Posthumously, he received the AIA NC Kamphoefner Prize honor in 2012.Sold Out!
Map: 15 Pine Forest Drive, Siler City NC
The Fine Print
Tickets are not mailed; your name will be on a list at registration. Proceeds benefit the documentation, preservation, and promotion programs of NCModernist.
Participants are welcome to take photos inside and outside the house.
Participants must sign a liability waiver before entering.
For public health, participants must wear masks while onsite and maintain a minimum six-foot distance with event staff and other participants.
Strollers are not allowed.
No food, drink, or smoking in the house.
Please do not touch anything in the house. Bathrooms are not available onsite.
To protect floors, participants must remove shoes or bring shoe booties before entering the house.
The tour runs rain or shine. Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for tour cancellation. However, you can transfer tickets to others, just have them ask for tickets in your name at registration.
Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.
Any questions? Please contact us below.
Proceeds benefit the documentation, preservation, and promotion programs of NCModernist!