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Want to see inside Oakwood modern house? Upcoming home tour is your chance

The Cherry-Gordon House in Oakwood will be part of the Modapalooza Mobile Modernist Spring Tour on April 2.
The Cherry-Gordon House in Oakwood will be part of the Modapalooza Mobile Modernist Spring Tour on April 2. Courtesy of NC Modernist Houses

North Carolina Modernist Houses is hosting a Modapalooza Mobile Modernist Spring Tour on April 2.

This is your chance to see inside North Carolina’s most famous modernist house: the Cherry-Gordon House in Oakwood, which made national headlines after a neighbor sued to stop it from being built. (The N.C. Court of Appeals recently sided with the modernist house owners that the neighbor didn’t have the legal right to challenge the home’s construction for aesthetic reasons.) The house is the home of Raleigh architect Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon.

This home tour is a bit different. Instead of buying a ticket and going on your own to see the homes on the tour, you get on an air conditioned bus with other modernist home fans to go visit these eight private homes.

The cost is $119 per person and includes beverages, snacks and a catered lunch. Proceeds benefit N.C. Modernist Houses, a nonprofit dedicated to archiving, preserving and promoting Modernist residential architecture.

The other private homes on the tour include

Durham: the 1950 Pickrell House designed by William Sprinkle and Doris Stanley and renovated by Ellen Cassilly; the 1969 Kornberg House designed by Jon Condoret and renovated by Center Studio Architecture; the 2015 Louis House designed by Bill Waddell; and the 2015 Farahany House designed and built by Phil Szostak.

Chapel Hill: the 1957 Van Wyk House in Chapel Hill designed by Jim Webb and renovated by John Lindsey.

Raleigh: the 1973 Kebschull House designed by Harv Kebschull; and the 2015 Hurt-Manzi House designed by Louis Cherry.

For information or to buy tickets, go to ncmodernist.org/palooza16.htm or call 919-740-8407.

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