Save the iconic 1950 Paschal House in Raleigh, NC
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The Paschal House Heirs

Save the iconic 1950 Paschal House in Raleigh, NC

    1. Kim Weiss
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      Kim Weiss

      Raleigh, NC

The 1950 Paschal House on Alamance Drive is Raleigh's most important endangered mid-century Modernist house.  TMH (Triangle Modernist Houses), a preservation nonprofit for Modernist houses, has learned the Paschal family has solicited a proposal for deconstruction, which means the house could be destroyed and recycled.

Designed by NCSU Professor James Fitzgibbon, a colleague of Buckminster Fuller, the house was occupied for almost 60 years by the original owners.  Even Frank Lloyd Wright observed after visiting the house in 1950 that “it does the cause [of modern architecture] good.”  Read more about Fitzgibbon at: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/fitzgibbon.htm

When the last owner moved out, the Paschal heirs priced the property at a whopping $5M+.  Over about the last five years, this excessive price has attracted no offers, even considering the value of the accompanying land.

Since that time, the family has refused public tours, which would bring in many interested parties; refused to subdivide the land, which would make the house much more affordable and attract buyers; refused a design competition, which would tap into the local architecture community; refused to meet with TMH and other interested parties to discuss options. 

The heirs also insist the house is "too far gone" to feasibly restore, citing a lack of heat and air conditioning ductwork and systems, among other problems.  TMH is assured by several sources that not only is the house restorable (and it will be stunning when finished) but advanced technologies make heating and cooling it no problem and in complete alignment with the Modernist design. 

Finally, earlier this year, the heirs lowered the price to $3.3M, which is still too high.  TMH estimates the value the land and the house somewhere between $2M and $2.7M.

Please encourage the heirs to lower their expectations and work with TMH and other preservation organizations to save the house.  We support the family gaining from the sale of their beautiful property, but this is not the pre-mortgage-crisis era where it was a seller's market. 

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    1. The death of an architectural icon

      Kim Weiss
      Petition Organizer

      To all petition signers - thank you so much. Sadly, our efforts didn't work. The house is being bulldozed today. The entire property has been sold to a "McMansion" developer. This is a sad day for mid-century historic preservation.

    2. 419 Supporters!

      Kim Weiss
      Petition Organizer

      We now have 419 petition signers! Help us get some more by issuing and invitation on Facebook and Twitter with a link to the Paschal House Petition page. We're running out of time, folks....

      Save the iconic 1950 Paschal House in Raleigh, NC

      The 1950 Paschal House on Alamance Drive is Raleigh's most important endangered mid-century Modernist house. TMH (Triangle Modernist Houses), a...

    3. 300 Signatures and counting

      Kim Weiss
      Petition Organizer

      We've passed the 300 signatures mark (thank you to everyone who has signed!), but we still need 678 signatures to reach our goal of 1000. Please forward the petition URL (http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-iconic-1950-paschal-house-in-raleigh-nc#supporters) to your friends. Time is running out on this beautiful, exemplary mid-century home!

      Save the iconic 1950 Paschal House in Raleigh, NC

      The 1950 Paschal House on Alamance Drive is Raleigh's most important endangered mid-century Modernist house. TMH (Triangle Modernist Houses), a...

    4. We've passed the 200 mark...

      Kim Weiss
      Petition Organizer

      As of today, we have 267 signatures. We need many more. Please send the link (http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-iconic-1950-paschal-house-in-raleigh-nc) to anyone in your own contact list who may be interested in helping us save this gem of mid-century residential architecture!

      Save the iconic 1950 Paschal House in Raleigh, NC

      The 1950 Paschal House on Alamance Drive is Raleigh's most important endangered mid-century Modernist house. TMH (Triangle Modernist Houses), a...

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Banks & Noelle Talley RALEIGH, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up in the Matsumoto House on Runnymeade Road and I love Mid-Century modern architecture. FLW said it best, "We have ruined more, wasted more, trampled on more than any civilization the world has ever seen-in a shorter time too." What will it say about us a people (as North Carolinians) that we could have been up there with Los Angeles and Chicago for Modernism but we demolished all of it?

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    • Jon Brown DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      architecturally important homes should be preserved! no one wants to see this house demolished and replaced by 4 mcmansions. save this house!

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    • Patrice Cherry RALEIGH, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      This house is a vital part of the fabric that makes Raleigh a unique place to live.

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    • Gene Brown RALEIGH, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      As a local architect who studied at the NCSU School of Design in the late 50's and early 60's, I have always looked upon this extraordinary house as one of the very finest architectural icons in the country....one that exemplifies what residential architecture should be all about, much as does Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" in Bear Run, PA. To lose it would be an incalculable tragedy for this city, for this state, for this country and for the cause of excellence in architecture in general. It absolutely MUST be saved!

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    • Judith Dillon DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Houses like this one mark an important advancement in uniquely American architecture but they are all too rare. Losing even one is a tragedy.

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