Joe Kwon is the cellist for the internationally acclaimed band The Avett Brothers. He's the client of Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, principals in the design/build firm Raleigh Architecture & Raleigh Construction. Block by block, they are developing a stretch of Raleigh's downtown into small, sustainable, walkable Modernist houses. Joe's recently built house is the third in what will be about a dozen completed within a three year timeframe.
Robby and Craig drink their way through Belgium! What's Joe's favorite room of the house?
Ever since Modernist houses hit the mainstream market in the 1950’s, the real estate community has largely stayed away. Unaware of history, contemptuous of design style, and overreacting to certain flaws, realtors can do more to scare buyers away than to close the deal.
Two Modernist realtors keep it real about these livable works of art.
Crosby Doe is one of the leading Modernist realtors in America. Since 1983 he has sold houses by internationally prominent architects including Richard Neutra, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Charles Eames, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, and Frank Gehry.
Emilie Huin started in real estate only four years ago but has become one of the leading Modernist realtors in North Carolina. She sold (and preserved) an important and endangered Modernist house in Chapel Hill by the late Arthur Cogswell.
Crosby Doe's first sale (it was a Neutra)! Growing up with the Guild's in Durham! Life lessons from liposuction!
Imagine buying a lot, designing a house, getting all the neighborhood and city approvals, starting construction, then - boom - your neighbor sues to stop construction. Here's the background.
You'll hear one couple's incredible story - and how it attracted worldwide coverage.
Louis Cherry has been an architect since 1983 and is principal of a design/build practice focusing on modern residential, commercial and institutional design. He is the husband of Marsha Gordon, associate professor of film studies at North Carolina State University.
Their contested house, aka Oakwood House, is at 516 Euclid, Raleigh. The house also has its own Twitter feed, independent of the owners. They honestly don't know who's behind the often-hilarious comments: @ModernOakwood.
Paul Goldberger is an architecture critic and winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. He is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters, and wrote about the Cherry Gordon house for Vanity Fair.
Contact the guests @MarshaGGordon, @LCherry, and @paulgoldberger.
USModernist Radio's parent organization, North Carolina Modernist Houses, provided financial support to the Cherry's cause through its Legal Defense Fund.