'Mad Men'-style party celebrates Raleigh's Modernist architecture

bcain@newsobserver.comNovember 6, 2013 

The Chiles House in West Raleigh was built on the steel frame of a dilapidated mid-century Modernist house built in the 1960s. The new home was designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Contruction.

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  • Details

    What: A Mad Men Evening

    When: 7 p.m. Friday

    Where: City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh

    Cost: $20

    Info: 919-996-2220 or raleighcitymuseum.org

The city of Raleigh boasts the largest inventory of Modernist houses outside of Los Angeles and Chicago – a fact which will be celebrated Friday when the City of Raleigh Museum and the North Carolina Modernist Houses organization throw a “Mad Men”-style party in honor of the city’s noteworthy Modernist history.

“A Mad Men Evening,” a vintage party and modernist architecture presentation, includes food, drinks and music in addition to a presentation by George Smart, the founder of NCMH, an organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design in the state.

Smart will discuss the history of Modernist houses in Raleigh – which owes a big tip of the fedora to the 1948 founding of the N.C. State School of Design – as well as some of the best Modernist houses in the state.

Party-goers are encouraged to channel their inner Don or Betty Draper and dress in 1960s “Mad Men”-style fashions.

Proceeds from the event will go to the City of Raleigh Museum.

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