Updated July 28, 2021
Can a house be both historic and modern? If it’s Mid-Century Modern, yes. Greensboro and Guilford County have a surprising variety mid-century classics, some designed by renowned architects like Edward Lowenstein and others from plan books, some costing millions of dollars and others affordable for first-time home buyers.
The authoritative source for information on Mid-Century Modern homes in North Carolina is North Carolina Modernist Houses.
3303 Kettering Place
listing withdrawn August 22, 2019; relisted November 14, 2019
contract pending April 29, 2021
no longer under contract May 7, 2021
- $950,000 (originally listed at $1.175 million)
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6,277 square feet, 0.79 acre
- Price/square foot: $151
- Built in 1985
- Listed March 20, 2019
- Last sale: $1,054,000, January 2007
- Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
- Listing: Built by Bea Melton, who built a number of Mid-Century Modern homes in the Triad.
- $875,000 (originally $950,000)
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,111 square feet, 1.73 acres
- Price/square foot: $171
- Built in 1975
- Listed June 23, 2021
- Last sale: $513,000, October 2018
- Neighborhood: Sedgefield
- Listing: “Authentically modern and historically preserved, this home is a living piece of art”
- The house sits along 600 feet of the 13th and 14th holes of the Sedgefield Gold Club course.
- “Its minimalist design creates unobstructed views of the course and surrounding landscape, highlighted indoors by vaulted ceilings, immense windows, and natural woods.”
- Designed by iconic Modernist architect George Matsumoto. N.C. State College of Design: “Matsumoto taught architecture at the (then) School of Design from its inception in 1948 until 1961, after which he went into architecture practice full time. He came to North Carolina from San Francisco, and, along with Dean Henry Kamphoefner and the founding faculty of the School, led the state to the forefront of the modernist architecture movement. Many faculty members, including Matsumoto himself, were in practice while teaching, and the residences and commercial buildings they designed are still celebrated today.”
5000 Manning Drive
The Jerome and Barbara Procton House
- $569,000 (originally $599,000)
- 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,168 square feet, 0.54 acre
- Price/square foot: $180
- Built in 1967
- Listed June 16, 2021
- Last sale: $260,000, January 2000
- Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
- Note: The original owners were Jerome Charles Procton (died 1998) and Barbara Spielman Procton (1932-1997). They owned the property from 1967 to 1991.
- Jerome was vice president of a company called Distributors Supply Company. Now called Endura Products, it manufactures door components. He was awarded a patent in 1980 for an insulating threshold. Shortly before his death, a patent application was filed listing him and three others as inventors of “a building entryway system with a high degree of modularity.” The patent was granted in 1999. One of the other inventors was one of their sons, Brad Procton. Their other son, Bruce, is now president of Endura.
- Barbara had a master’s degree from UNCG and taught at Bennett College. She served as president of the Greensboro chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and chaired the Russian Resettlement Program of the Jewish Federation.
1308 Canterbury Road
The George and Jean Gardner House
contract pending June 30, 2021
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,075 square feet
- Price/square foot: $177
- Built in 1958
- Listed June 12, 2021
- Last sale: $112,000, December 2015
- Neighborhood: Dellwoods Park
- Note: The first owners were George H and Jean H. Gardner. He was a sales rep for Western Auto.
3300 Yanceyville Street
contract pending July 23, 2021
- 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, 1,204 square feet, 0.33 acre
- Price/square foot: $128
- Built in 1959
- Listed July 17, 2021
- Last sale: $120,000, July 2020
- Neighborhood: Rankin