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Book Signing Event This Month September 14, 2011

I will be signing copies of my new book, The Bridge Builders, during Triangle Modernist Houses’ “Thirst 4 Architecture” happy hour event on September 22, 6-8 p.m., in the offices of Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee in the Capital Bank building, Suite 1000, on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public. For more details on the event, click HERE.

For more details on the book, click HERE.


From Triangle Modernist… July 15, 2010

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Many thanks to George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses, for this tribute:

A few projects featured…

Meredith Amphitheatre and grounds

Pullen Park

"The Brickyard," NCSU

Water Garden


As Seen on Triangle Modernist July 2, 2010

Have you heard of Triangle Modernist Houses? If not, you need to. Founded and directed by George Smart Jr. (the son of the late architect George Smart Sr.), this invaluable archive and website is dedicated to honoring, archiving, preserving and promoting modernist residential design from the early ’50s through today. I was delighted to see that several of my residential projects are archived on — projects that integrated modernist architecture and modernist landscape architecture to create a total design worthy of being archived (if I say so myself!). Below are a few. Many thanks to George for posting these images on the TMH website. Text by George Smart.

Designed by Dan MacMillan, 1958 - The Charles E. Kistler-Dell Hollstein House, 323 Birnam Drive, Fayetteville NC. The Kistler-Hollstein house was considered one of the best examples of modern architecture in Fayetteville. Landscape design by Dick Bell. Dell Hollstein lived on the 2.1 acre property for more than 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 interest came too late. Developer Buzz Loyd became interested in the land only after Hollstein removed the condition that the house remain. It was destroyed in 2005. The five new houses sold in the mid to upper six figures.

Designed by Milton Small, 1962: The Frank and Jean Anderson Jr. House, 2505 York Road, Raleigh. Anderson owned Sir Walter Chevrolet. Bought in 2002 by current owners William (Harry) and Marsha Whyte. 3600 square feet. .85 acres. Landscape design by Dick Bell.

Designed by Mason Hicks, 1964: The Joan and Richard Robert (Bob) Allen House, 1414 Pine Valley Loop, Fayetteville. Landscape design by Dick Bell. Built by Richard Allen. Still owned by the Allens.

Designed by John Oxenfeld and Haywood Newkirk, ca. 1970: The Doug Fleet House, next door to the Dan Cameron House, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Won a 1971 AIANC Merit Award. At the time, this and the Cameron house above were the only adjacent AIANC award winners in North Carolina. Since then, a building has gone up between them. Photo by Gordon Schenck. Built by Fred Murray. Landscaping by Dick Bell. Appeared in the News and Observer.