If you missed the chance on June 4 to tour singer-songwriter James Taylor’s childhood home in Chapel Hill, another tour date has been set for July 2.
N.C. Modernist Houses, a preservation nonprofit dedicated to promoting modernist residential design across the state, is organizing the tours. About 900 people toured the home June 4, which was sold out.
Tickets cost $7 and must be purchased ahead of time. The tours, which will run 9 a.m.-noon, are expected to sell out again. Purchase tickets at ncmodernist.org/jt.htm.
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.
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The house was sold to Pat and Jim Johnston in 1972, and their heirs are putting the property up for auction. Orange County property records value the home and property at $1.5 million.
AuctionFirst Inc. is managing the sale. Bids are being accepted until 3 p.m. June 29. The top three bidders will be invited to participate in a second round. Individuals seeking information or showings may visit JamesTaylorChildhoodHome.com or 919-601-7339.