Modernism: Why It Matters


August 30th


6:30 - 9:00 pm


The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215



Join us as we kick off this year’s Mad About Modern Home Tour with an inspiring and insightful discussion that will cultivate your passion for midcentury modern architecture, design and lifestyle.

  • Broaden your knowledge of midcentury history, architecture and sustainability
  • Gain insights into the midcentury modern lifestyle
  • Learn about what is happening to preserve and promote midcentury architecture and design

Event includes reception with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Keynote Speaker

Peter Wong, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the College of Arts + Architecture at University of North Carolina Charlotte and a midcentury modern architecture expert

Panel Discussion with Design Experts

Discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Andre, Director of Development for Charlotte Bridge Home.

Panelists include:

  • Sarah Catherine Garvin, Creative Director and Founder of Sarah Catherine Collective (SCCo)
  • Charlie Miller, founding partner of 5 Points Realty and residential developer
  • John Romano, KnollStudio’s Representative for the Carolinas and Tennessee
  • George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses

About the Speakers

Sarah Catherine Garvin, CEO and Founder of Sarah Catherine Collective (SCCo)
Sarah Catherine brings over a decade of interior design experience and a globally-inspired perspective to the luxurious, artful spaces she creates. In 2009, she launched Sarah Catherine Collective, a high-end studio with a fearless, innovative boldness. SCCo has since designed over 60 homes, from the Southeast to the West Coast.

Charlie Miller, Real Estate Broker with 5 Points Realty and Residential Developer
Charlie is a Real Estate Professional from Charlotte specializing in brokerage and residential development. He is a founding partner in the Charlotte based brokerage firm, 5 Points Realty, and developer of Atomic Palm, a new midcentury modern designed development in the Country Club Heights neighborhood. As a Real Estate Broker/Realtor since 2007 he has assisted buyers and sellers of real estate in hundreds of transactions. Charlie’s passion for architecture and Charlotte’s older ‘intown’ neighborhoods combined with his knowledge of the Real Estate market made residential development a natural fit. Charlie has a great appreciation and understanding for the need to respect the historical integrity of the neighborhoods he builds and renovates homes within. By maintaining period authentic design and combining modern day needs for homeowners he has developed a formula respected by new owners, neighbors and industry professionals alike.

John Romano, Representative for NC, SC, TN for KnollStudio
John Romano has been proudly representing KnollStudio in NC, SC, and TN since 2003, developing relationships in the architecture and design community, commercial and residential clients, and retail/dealer partners. Knoll uses modern design to connect people to their work, their homes, their lives, their world. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. John graduated from UNCG in 1988 with a degree in Interior Architecture and soon after entered the contract furnishings industry, building a sales career in this design-related field. His experience with Knoll best fulfills his passion for midcentury modern design. As a Cranbrook Award recipient, John was recently recognized by his peers for his dedication to Knoll and his teammates, and now serves on the advisory council on a national level. He is an enthusiast for interior design, architecture, historic preservation, vintage automobiles, and all things classic.

George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist
Over the last 35 years, Boeing, the CIA, and nearly 400 other organizations have all consulted George Smart for leadership development and management coaching. The son of a Raleigh architect, for decades he had no interest whatsoever in architecture. Then in 2007, something happened in the middle of the night and his life changed forever. George became founder and Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses. He and his team have documented 1,400 Tarheel homes with many in Charlotte. He created USModernist, a website documenting 5,000 houses by Wright, Neutra, Schindler, Lautner, and every major 20th century architect. Known online as Mr. Modernism, George is host of USModernist Radio, with guests such as Kelly Lynch, Eric Lloyd Wright, and Paul Goldberger. George received the 2016 national AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement. For those of you who can’t sleep, you’ve heard his voice on the History Channel as part of a special on the Knights Templar, airing nearly every month really late at night.

Peter Wong, R. A., Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, College of Arts + Architecture, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Peter Wong is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he has taught architectural design, history, and theory since 1988. He received his bachelors from the University of Washington in Seattle and his masters from the University of Pennsylvania. He is recognized for his design work, with awards from the National Organization of Minority Architects and the Charlotte Chapter of the AIA. His written efforts include a translated edition of Vittorio Gregotti’s treatise, Inside Architecture (w/ F. Zaccheo, MIT Press, 1996) as well as research that explores: urban housing, American architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and the meaning and use of modern space in architecture. In the fall of 2011 he was a visiting scholar and lecturer at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in China, where he engaged research on “Shikumen” architectural housing of the early 20th century, which led to a published essay in Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, October 2015). He is a licensed architect in the states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and a member of the N.C.A.R.B.

Catalano House photo courtesy of OfHouses