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Modern Home in Historic District Controversy Spawns the NCMH Legal Defense Fund
To provide funding for legal representation and other services for this house and other Modernist houses under attack.
Regarding this move as “an egregious miscarriage of justice and fairness,” the non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses has formed the NCMH Legal Defense Fund (http://www.ncmodernist.org/
Contributors to the LDF who donate at least $100 will be invited to a kick-off fundraiser on April 13 in the Modernist home of attorney Mack Paul beginning at 4 p.m. For details: http://www.ncmodernist.org/
“As we all know, pursuing legal channels is a critical but expensive investment,”
Smart is by no means alone in this initial effort. The NCMH LDF’s founding Host Committee – members of which have made significant monetary donations – include such local luminaries as Larry Wheeler, Director, NC Museum of Art and a former Oakwood resident; Myrick Howard, executive director, Preservation North Carolina; James Goodnight, Jr., SAS Institute; Ashley Christensen, Ashley Christensen Restaurants;
At least 10 current Oakwood residents have joined the effort so far, including Barbara Wishy, a pioneer in the restoration of the Oakwood district in the 1970s and a homeowner there for over three decades. Wishy has renovated and sold several historic properties in Oakwood.
“We can’t allow the Board of Adjustment to essentially give neighbors the power of condemnation,”
On Thursday, March 20, the Raleigh City Council announced its decision to appeal the BOA’s decision to Superior Court
For more information on the NCMH Legal Defense Fund: www.ncmodernist.org/
About NC Modernist Houses:
North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the world’s largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these "livable works of art" for future generations. For more information:
George Smart, NC Modernist Houses