Mid-Century Modern

Updated June 22, 2021

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Mid-Century Modern is in a class by itself — not old by historic standards, but historic in the innovation and aesthetic breakthrough that it brought to home design. Its continued popularity confirms that the history of home building didn’t end when front porches and nine-over-nine windows disappeared from new homes.

Mid-Century homes aren’t as plentiful in the Triad as in the Triangle, Charlotte and the mountains, which makes the relative few here all the more remarkable.

The authoritative source for information on Mid-Century Modern homes in North Carolina is North Carolina Modernist Houses.

Featured Listing: Architect Nils Larson’s 1977 House in Lewisville, $625,000

5100 Riverwest Drive, Lewisville, Forsyth County
The Nils and Catherine Larson House

  • $625,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,648 square feet, 3.47 acres
  • Price/square foot: $134
  • Built in 1977
  • Listed June 23, 2021
  • Last sale: $297,000, January 2021
  • Note: Architect Nils Fredrick Larson (1922-1986) and his wife, Catherine Julie Larson (1923-2019), bought the property in 1977. Catherine owned the house until shortly before she died at age 96.
    • Nils was the son of Jens Fredrick Larson (1891-1981), architect of the Wake Forest University campus in Winston-Salem. Jens also was a flying ace in World War I, credited with nine victories flying for the Canadian Royal Air Force. He was a native of Massachusetts working in Montreal when the war began. After the war, he spent 28 years as architect in residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He also redesigned the campuses of Bucknell University and Colby College.

3303 Kettering Place, Greensboro
listing withdrawn August 22, 2019; relisted November 14, 2019
contract pending April 29, 2021
no longer under contract May 7, 2021

  • $950,000 (originally listed at $1.175 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6,277 square feet, 0.79 acre
  • Price/square foot: $151
  • Built in 1985
  • Listed March 20, 2019
  • Last sale: $1,054,000, January 2007
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Listing: Built by Bea Melton, who built a number of Mid-Century Modern homes in the Triad.

1007 W. Davis Avenue, Burlington, Alamance County
The W.T. Cheatham House

  • $695,000 (originally $735,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5,185 square feet, 0.97 acre
  • Price/square foot: $134
  • Built in 1923
  • Listed April 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $262,000, February 2001
  • Neighborhood: West Davis-Fountain Place Historic District
  • Note: An impressive example of the International style of design, relatively rare in the region.
    • Listing: The property includes a two-room guest house with attached workshop and playhouse.
      • The interior features wall-to-ceiling built-in cabinets and shelves in library, beveled-glass pocket doors between the library and dining room, heavy wrought iron front doors and a whole-house generator.
      • District NRHP nomination: The House was built by Edwin C. Holt, a grandson of Edwin M. Holt and founder of several local cotton mills, for his daughter and son-in-law, W. T. Cheatham, who was also involved in the local textile industry. “Its elegant design, which might best be described as ”Classical-Mediterranean”, renders the structure one of the most unusual houses in Burlington. Salient features of the house are its flat roofs, stuccoed elevations, and two-story core bracketed by one-story wings with turned balustrades. Tuscan columns support the porch recessed between the wings.”

5100 Riverwest Drive, Lewisville, Forsyth County
The Nils and Catherine Larson House

  • $625,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,648 square feet, 3.47 acres
  • Price/square foot: $134
  • Built in 1977
  • Listed June 23, 2021
  • Last sale: $297,000, January 2021
  • Note: Architect Nils Fredrick Larson (1922-1986) and his wife, Catherine Julie Larson (1923-2019), bought the property in 1977. Catherine owned the house until shortly before she died at age 96.
    • Nils was the son of Jens Fredrick Larson (1891-1981), architect of the Wake Forest University campus in Winston-Salem. Jens also was a flying ace in World War I, credited with nine victories flying for the Canadian Royal Air Force. He was a native of Massachusetts working in Montreal when the war began. After the war, he spent 28 years as architect in residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He also redesigned the campuses of Bucknell University and Colby College.

5000 Manning Drive, Greensboro
The Jerome and Barbara Procton House

  • $569,000 (originally $599,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,168 square feet, 0.54 acre
  • Price/square foot: $180
  • Built in 1967
  • Listed June 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $260,000, January 2000
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Note: The original owners were Jerome Charles Procton (died 1998) and Barbara Spielman Procton (1932-1997). They owned the property from 1967 to 1991.
    • Jerome was vice president of a company called Distributors Supply Company. Now called Endura Products, it manufactures door components. He was awarded a patent in 1980 for an insulating threshold. Shortly before his death, a patent application was filed listing him and three others as inventors of “a building entryway system with a high degree of modularity.” The patent was granted in 1999. One of the other inventors was one of their sons, Brad Procton. Their other son, Bruce, is now president of Endura.
    • Barbara had a master’s degree from UNCG and taught at Bennett College. She served as president of the Greensboro chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and chaired the Russian Resettlement Program of the Jewish Federation.

179 Dr. Floyd Scott Lane, Burlington
listing withdrawn July 21, 2020
relisted November 24, 2021

  • $599,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,214 square feet, 6.04 acres
  • Price/square foot: $142
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed January 24, 2020
  • Last sale: November 1948, no price recorded on deed

3005 Madison Avenue, Greensboro
The Thomas and Hilda Dixon House
contract pending May 19, 2021

  • $580,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 3,575 square feet, 0.49 acre
  • Price/square foot: $162
  • Built in 1964
  • Listed April 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $260,000, February 2006
  • Neighborhood: Starmount Forest
  • Note: Thomas Crabtree Dixon Jr. (1916-1980) and his wife, Hilda Dixon Dixon (1918-1990) were the original owners. He was secretary-treasurer of Dixon & Waynick Inc. (successor to Dixon & Christopher), HVAC contractors. They owned the house from 1964 to 1973.

1903 Colonial Drive, Greensboro
The Robert and Violet Atkinson House

  • “Bidding starts at $335,000.” (see note below)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,075 square feet, 0,41 acre
  • Price/square foot: $161
  • Built in 1953
  • Listed July 13, 2018
  • Last sale: $230,000, April 2014
  • Neighborhood: Kirkwood
  • Note: Designed by Edward Lowenstein
    • This was the home of Robert A. Atkinson Jr. (1923-1976), Lowenstein’s partner in the Lowenstein-Atkinson firm. Atkinson and his wife, Violet Gertrude Hedrick Atkinson (1926-1993), owned the property and lived there from 1953 to 1977.
    • The current listing originally said: “Place offers between May 14-23 at 5 p.m. Seller using transparent offer platform for all offers. Bidding starts at $335,000. Buyers must register and be pre-qualified.”
    • It didn’t work. Even in this sellers’ market, that was an audacious move with a house that’s been listed twice in recent years, at considerably lower prices, and been withdrawn without a sale both times. The house was priced originally at $250,000 and the second time at $309,000.
    • “Furniture in the home is for sale as well!”
    • Previous listing: “Original quarry tile flooring was discovered during remodel and restored to 1950’s condition.”
    • Now a rental property

506 Dogwood Drive, Eden, Rockingham County
contract pending June 22, 2021

  • $300,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 3,215 square feet, 2.35 acres
  • Price/square foot: $93
  • Built in 1964
  • Listed June 17, 2021
  • Last sale: $90,000, October 1979
  • Neighborhood: Knollwood (Leaksville)
  • Note: The house is on the Oak Hills golf course, designed by Ellis Maples.
    • The property for the neighborhood was sold to developers by Fieldcrest Mills in 1961.

140 Penny Road, Jamestown, Guilford County
contract pending June 4-16, 2021
contract pending June 19, 2021

  • $275,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,882 square feet, 0.73 acre
  • Price/square foot: $146
  • Built in 1960
  • Listed June 1, 2021
  • Last sale: $120,000, January 2021

1308 Canterbury Road, Greensboro
The George and Jean Gardner House

  • $189,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,075 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $177
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed June 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $112,000, December 2015
  • Neighborhood: Dellwoods Park
  • Note: The first owners were George H and Jean H. Gardner. He was a sales rep for Western Auto.

609 Overbrook Drive, High Point
The Dewey and Peggy Hinkle House
contract pending June 3, 2021

  • $172,500
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,152 square feet, 0.49 acre
  • Price/square foot: $80
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed May 28, 2021
  • Last sale: $41,500, December 2020 (50% ownership)
  • Note: The house has been in the Hinkle family since it was built. Dewey Hoyle Hinkle and Peggy Green Hinkle (1932-2018) bought the property in 1955. Dewey was an underwriter with Textile Insurance. He died before Peggy, possibly around 1964, when a new deed was issued with only her name.
    • There were two, apparently unrelated, High Point residents named Dewey Hinkle at the time; the other was Dewey Dermont Hinkle.
    • Two of Dewey and Peggy’s children inherited the house after she died. One bought the other’s share in 2020. Little, if any, renovation appears to have followed the sale.