Singer-songwriter James Taylor’s childhood home in Chapel Hill is set to be auctioned, but before that happens it will be open for tours June 4.
N.C. Modernist Houses, a preservation nonprofit dedicated to promoting Modernist residential design across the state, is organizing the tours. Tickets cost $7 and must be purchased ahead of time. The tours, which will run from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., are expected to sell out.
In 1952, Taylor’s parents, Trudy and Isaac, initially hired award-winning architect George Matsumoto to design their home on 23 acres at 618 Morgan Creek Road. The Taylors ended up parting ways with Matsumoto and hiring Durham architect John Latimer to finish the job.
The house was sold to Pat and Jim Johnston in 1972, and their heirs are putting the property up for auction. An auction agent will be on-site during the tours; the auction date hasn’t been set.
To purchase tickets, go to ncmodernist.org/jt.htm.