[Slideshow] Mad About Modern: Charlotte's Mid-Century Modern Gems

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

Benita. Built in 1964, this house contains rosewood doorknobs on the interior doors, paneled walls and slate flooring. Credit: Cameron Triggs/Triggs Photography.
Benita. Built in 1964, this house contains rosewood doorknobs on the interior doors, paneled walls and slate flooring.

Historic Charlotte hosted the third Mad About Modern home tour this past May, featuring eight homes that showcase the best mid-century modern design the city’s neighborhoods have to offer. From '50s atomic ranch-style houses to '60s tri-levels, the tour aims to raise awareness of Charlotte’s wealth of modernist architecture, as well as make the most of the interest in the style generated by AMC’s hit show Mad Men.

Nicole McBeth, executive director of Historic Charlotte, explains that none of the mid-century modern homes in the city have received historic designations as of yet, and that many of the houses featured on the tour are coming up on their 50-year marks.

“The inception of the tour to begin with was to make people aware that these homes exist, and that they are so close to the city center,” she says. “We’re trying to garner awareness so that they can get historic designation.”

McBeth estimates that attendance on the Saturday tour was over 800, a number that had more than doubled from previous tours.

Going forward, the tour will be an annual event, with the next one scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014. For more information about the Mad About Modern home tour and Historic Charlotte, visit http://historiccharlotte.org.

Click through the slideshow below to see some of the modernist gems featured on the tour:

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

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