Mid-Century Modern

Updated October 1, 2022

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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. Mid-Century Modern homes are found throughout the 12 counties of the Triad, though they aren’t as plentiful in the Triad as in the Triangle, Charlotte and the mountains.

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

Featured Listing: An Edward Lowenstein-Designed Home in Pleasant Garden, $789,000

5925 Westdale Acres Drive, Pleasant Garden, Guilford County
The JoAnne and Wayne Davis House

  • $659,000 (originally $789,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,793 square feet (per county), 3.1 acres
  • Price/square foot: $174
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 13, 2022
  • Last sale: $620,000, December 2021
  • Note: Designed by Edward Lowenstein
    • Listing: “A true work of art, this home is a must see for anyone, especially those with a love for mid-century modern architecture & the master architect who brought it to life.”
    • The listing shows 4,156 square feet.

Current MCM Listings

2001 Crescent Drive, Graham, Alamance County
The Jim and Jane Ferrell House

  • $787,500
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 5,219 square feet, 1.84 acres
  • Price/square foot: $151
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed August 26, 2022
  • Last sale: The property hasn’t been sold since the house was built.
  • Listing: “Based off an original design by architect Avriel Shull.” Avriel Joy Christie Shull (1931–1976) was an architectural designer/builder and interior decorator who worked primarily in Indiana. She is best known for her mid-century modern residential designs. In the 1970s she began selling house plans in do-it-yourself home-building magazines.
    • Something you don’t see every day: “large entertainment room with bar and dance floor”
    • The property was bought in April 1975 by James Miller Ferrell (1938-2017) and Katherine Jane “Pookie” Ferrell (1937-2021). They operated Ferrell Manufacturing Company in Graham. At the time of his death, Jim had remarried and was living in Kyiv, Ukraine.

205 Chadwick Drive, Jamestown, Guilford County
listing withdrawn September 30, 2022

  • $785,000 (originally $867,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,314 square feet, 2.88 acres
  • Price/square foot: $237
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed April 8, 2022
  • Last sale: $550,000, December 2019
  • Note: Architect unknown, according to N.C. Modernist, who would know.

5925 Westdale Acres Drive, Pleasant Garden, Guilford County
The JoAnne and Wayne Davis House

  • $659,000 (originally $789,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,793 square feet (per county), 3.1 acres
  • Price/square foot: $174
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 13, 2022
  • Last sale: $620,000, December 2021
  • Note: Designed by Edward Lowenstein
    • Listing: “A true work of art, this home is a must see for anyone, especially those with a love for mid-century modern architecture & the master architect who brought it to life.”
    • The listing shows 4,156 square feet.
    • The house was built by Herman Wayne Davis (1926-2013) and Joanne Blackwelder Davis. They bought the property in 1957 and owned it for 63 years. Wayne received flight training during World War II and afterward attended N.C. State University, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. He co-founded Founders furniture company in Pleasant Garden in the 1950s; it eventually was sold to Thomasville.

310 Coffey Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County
The Leonard and Rose Herring House
sale pending June 26, 2022
no longer under contract July 24, 2022

  • $625,000 (originally $845,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,751 square feet, 2.96 acres
  • Price/square foot: $132
  • Built in 1972
  • Listed May 3, 2022
  • Last sale: The house is being sold for the first time since it was built.
  • Neighborhood: Finley Park
  • Note: Designed by Aiji Tashiro; construction by Claude Foster
    • The property includes a heated in-ground pool, pool house, gazebo, lighted tennis court and slate patio.

15 Pine Forest Road, Siler City, Chatham County
sale pending September 29, 2022

  • $599,990 (originally $699,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,448 square feet, 1.2 acres
  • Price/square foot: $174
  • Built in 1965
  • Listed July 28, 2022
  • Last sale: $250,250, September 2020
  • Note: Designed by Arthur Cogswell. The house received an AIA Award in 1966.
    • Listing: “meticulously restored”

104 Elmwood Terrace, Greensboro
The Sowerby-Causey-O’Dell House

  • $570,000 (originally $575,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,277 square feet, 0.47 acre
  • Price/square foot: $250
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed September 16, 2022
  • Last sale: $480,000, April 2022
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Note: The original owners were Nelson Douglas Sowerby Jr. (1929-2011) and Mary Lee Dehart Sowerby (1935-1970). They bought the house for $8,800 in 1957. Nelson was vice president and manager of the family business, the Greensboro Nehi Bottling Company. His father was president, and his mother was vice president and secretary.
    • In 1962, the Sowerbys sold the house to Charles W. Causey Jr. (1907-1990) and Jane Stafford Pendleton Causey (1907-1995). They owned it for 30 years. Charles and his brother Frank were co-proprietors of Causey Bothers, a yarn wholesaler.
    • After Charles’s death, Jane sold the house in 1992 to Roy Max O’Dell (1937-2021) and Carolyn Jackson “Mimi” O’Dell (1937-2022). They, too, owned the house for 30 years.
    • Max and Carolyn were graduates of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. They lived in Roanoke for 20 years before moving to Greensboro. Max worked in IT for the state of West Virginia, the Home Shopping Network and, from 1987-2004, Cone Mills. Carolyn worked in the clothing industry for 40 years and owned, with her husband and daughter, Kelley, Mimi’s Plus Limited from 1990 to 2008. Max and Carolyn were married for 63 years.

479 Lawrelyn Drive, Mount Airy
sale pending September 14, 2022

  • $549,000 (originally $619,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,607 square feet, 2.42 acres
  • Price/square foot: $152
  • Built in 1974
  • Listed July 17, 2022
  • Last sale: $275,000, July 2008
  • Note: Located north of Mount Airy, just off U.S. 52 near Greenhill Lake

200 Country Club Drive, Lexington, Davidson County
The Banks and Nola Hankins House
listing withdrawn August 16, 2022; relisted August 29, 2022
sale pending September 22, 2022

  • $418,000 (originally $629,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,766 square feet, 0.70 acre
  • Price/square foot: $111
  • Built in 1954
  • Listed May 13, 2022
  • Last sale: $203,000, April 2001
  • Note: The 18th green at Lexington Golf Course is across the street.
    • The listing shows only 3,600 square feet.
    • The original owners were Dr. Joseph Banks Hankins (1919-1994) and Nola Reed Hankins (1920-1995). They bought the property in 1951; it was sold by their heirs in 1996. Banks was an OB-GYN physician.

125 Magnolia Road, Lexington, Davidson County
The Gene and Julia Strader House
sale pending August 16, 2022

  • $398,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,388 square feet (per county), 1.15 acres
  • Price/square foot: $91
  • Built in 1965
  • Listed August 14, 2022
  • Last sale: $5,500, July 1960
  • Neighborhood: Country Club Estates
  • Note: The property hasn’t been sold since the house was built.
    • The house was built by Dr. Eugene Ray Strader (1927-2019) and Julia Black Strader (1925-2022). They bought the property in 1960. Gene was a graduate of Wake Forest University and a physician. Julia was a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Spanish; she received her nursing degree from Emory University. She served on the board of Family Services of Davidson County, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was a supporter of the Hattie Lee Burgess Home, a local sanctuary for individuals and families fleeing domestic or sexual violence. Gene and Julia were married for 62 years.
    • The listing shows 4,848 square feet.

2310 Musket Lane, Greensboro
sale pending September 20, 2022

  • $355,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,679 square feet, 0.27 acre
  • Price/square foot: $212
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed September 16, 2022
  • Last sale: $226,000, March 2020
  • Neighborhood: Courthouse Square
  • Note: The property includes an outbuilding upfit as an office and an in-ground pool.

1515 Wickliff Avenue, No. 13 High Point
sale pending September 29, 2022

  • $315,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,109 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $101
  • Built in 1968
  • Listed August 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $210,000, June 2019
  • HOA: $408/month
  • Note: Condo in the 16-unit Wickliff Terrace complex.

3743 Crosland Road, Winston-Salem
sale pending September 23, 2022

  • $279,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,935 square feet, 0.50 acre
  • Price/square foot: $145
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed September 16, 2022
  • Last sale: $145,000, April 2019

1602 E. Cone Boulevard, Greensboro
The Edwin and Elizabeth Tate House
sale pending February 25 to April 8, 2022
sale pending April 19 to May 3, 2022
sale pending May 9 to June 13, 2022
sale pending July 9-29, 2022
sale pending August 8 to September 15, 2022
listing withdrawn September 16, 2022

  • $179,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,203 square feet, 0.22 acre
  • Price/square foot: $150
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed February 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $80,000, August 2021
  • Neighborhood: O. Henry Oaks
  • Note: Out-of-town owner
    • The original owners were Edwin Cicero Tate (1932-2011) and Marian Elizabeth Holloway Tate (1934-1987). Edwin was a service technician with Burroughs Corp.