Raleigh’s Modernist Legacy

Raleigh's Catalano House,  demolished in 2001.

Raleigh’s Catalano House, demolished in 2001.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, it’s not breaking news that Raleigh is a hotbed of Modernist residential architecture!

Nature by Design

A trend starting in the late 1940’s, Modernist homes favor open floor plans, nominal ornamentation, post-and-beam construction with exposed structural elements, and windows as part of the layout with an effort to marry nature and design—i.e. to “bring nature in.” Raleigh was rapidly expanding during this period, and much of the new architecture was driven by the influence of the School of Design at what was then North Carolina State College (now NC State).

Modernist Finds

In Raleigh, these homes are mostly concentrated in Budleigh, Country Club Hills and Cameron Village. Many are considered fine examples of their classification—all you need to do is take a quick glance at the Raleigh Historical Landmarks list. However, the most comprehensive online catalogue of them can be found at the North Carolina Modernist Houses website. This thorough and impeccably maintained site also offers a weekly newsletter and other rewards for the Modernist fan or homeowner.

Updates and Inspiration

Because many Modernist homes are now 50+ years old (and still going strong), they are fine candidates for minor updating to current conveniences. There are now many resources available which provide elements in keeping with the clean lines and whimsy that Moderism is so fond of. There are also many examples of updates for inspiration! Just check this link, or for a local example, here.

Ask Us Anytime

Wake County is a cornucopia of homes of all tastes and styles. There isn’t much we haven’t seen! So if you’re thinking of buying or selling, no matter the age or design of your home, contact us—here at Pace Realty Group we are your real estate experts!

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