A decade of design

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August 31, 2022

Charlotte’s Mad About Modern tour marks 10 years celebrating midcentury design.

photographs by Dustin Peck and Digital Lasagna

Clean lines, open floor plans, floating staircases, oversized windows with expansive views of nature — these are a few of the hallmarks of midcentury modern homes. Unfortunately, in Charlotte, midcentury homes — ones that haven’t undergone significant modification or fallen into hopeless disrepair — have become somewhat of an endangered species. For the last 10 years, the Mad About Modern home tour has highlighted these architectural gems. Here, we share a few favorite images from the tour through the years.

The Mad About Modern tour was started in 2011 by Historic Charlotte. These days, it’s a major fundraiser for The Charlotte Museum of History, which organizes the tour to promote historic preservation in the Queen City — where all too often shiny-and-new wins over culturally and historically relevant. Most homes on the tour were built between the 1950s and the 1970s and showcase elements representative of midcentury modern design. 

WANT TO GO? After two years as a virtual event, the tour this year returns to an in-person format, with a virtual option. On Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can tour four to six meticulously restored and maintained midcentury homes. Advance tickets are $30; day-of tickets are $35. Admission includes access to all the homes on the tour (locations were still being finalized at press time) and a Mod Experience celebration, including an architect talk, at The Charlotte Museum of History on Thursday, Sept. 22. To purchase tickets and for more information visit madaboutmodern.com. SP

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