A lovingly restored Modernist home by George Matsumoto has hit the market in North Carolina’s Chapel Hill for $595,000.
Sitting close to the University of North Carolina’s campus, the Julian House at 101 Ledge Lane was built in 1955 for Milton Julian, a local clothier. Designed in an International Style, the post-and-beam house is classic Matsumoto.
The four-bedroom home has flat roof and is designed with views through from one end of the house to the other. Natural materials are at the fore inside the four-bedroom midcentury property, which has extensive timber panelling, and floor-to-ceiling and clerestory windows. Flooring meanwhile is a mix of polished terrazzo, hardwood and cork.
According to local preservation nonprofit, North Carolina Modernist, the Julians had to go to all the way to the Supreme Court to get permission to build the avant-garde dwelling, which was at odds with the local vernacular of the time, and caused outcry among the neighbours.
Julian House is now listed via Nata Bozymski of Local Market Realty. The midcentury building has been painstakingly restored by its current owner, who bought it in a ‘worn’ state. Many of its original features are intact, including the kitchen, which has been modernised while retaining its 20-ft-long floating counter and cabinets.
Originally, the property comprised three bedrooms, while the basement was a separate one bedroom apartment with kitchen, used by Julian’s son and later as rental accommodation for grad students at the nearby university. Fully finished, the basement could be used as guest accommodation, or provide potential rental income for a future buyer.
North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in the States, many of which were designed by Matsumoto, who was one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s College of Design.