For Preservation Advocacy
Founded by George Smart in 2007, Triangle Modernist Archives, Inc. is a non-profit, historic preservation organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design in Raleigh and the Triangle region.
Modernist houses have been disappearing at an alarming rate as the land they occupy becomes more valuable than the homes themselves. Triangle Modernist Archives has employed a variety of innovative and non-traditional tools to educate the public about the area’s legacy of great modernist architecture. Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) is the organization’s educational website and archive of hundreds of modernist houses, from the 1950s to today, as well as the architects who designed them. The site includes special sections on Pioneering Women Architects and Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina.
The website also maintains archives of audio and video interviews with current and past modernist architects, Today, Triangle Modernist Houses.com is the largest single archive of modernist residential design in the nation and has become a national resource for the preservation, protection and celebration of our area’s unique residential architectural heritage.
TMH offers free listings of modernist houses for sale and sends out national alerts when mid-century houses are endangered. These efforts have transformed the local real estate mindset and helped save many mid-century modernist houses from demolition by finding appreciative buyers willing to preserve their architectural significance.
TMH also organizes many social events that bring design enthusiasts together, such as house tours, happy hours, field trips, and even a film series. The organization is has given a number of presentations to historic preservation organizations, business associations, regional realtors associations, and other groups.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2011 Anthemion Award Triangle Modernist Archives, Inc. for preservation advocacy.