Updated April 16, 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listing withdrawn August 22, 2019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
- $960,000 (originally listed at $1.175 million)
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6,277 square feet, 0.79 acre
- Price/square foot: $153
- 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.
117 W. Keeling Road
The Thomas Edgar Sikes Jr. House
- $649,900 (originally $720,000)
- 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2,991 square feet, 0.44 acre
- Price/square foot: $217
- Built in 1958
- Listed January 12, 2021
- Last sale: $295,000, February 2020
- Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
- Note: County records show the house having 2,991 square feet. The owners say it’s 3,150, which would make the price $206 per square foot.
- Designed by Jaroslav Jan Kabatnik (1907-1995), who worked with Edward Lowenstein and later with Edward Gulledge, the builder of 117 W. Keeling. Born in Bohemia, Jaroslav is said to have been a member of the Czech Olympic team in the 1936 Olympics. He also served with the Czech army in World War II. After the Communist coup in 1948, he ended up in a refugee camp and then set out for Morocco, France, Chicago and, by 1953, Greensboro.
- From 1932-1954, the property was owned by Charles Gillespie Yates, a vice president of Vicks Chemical Company and, during World War II, city civilian defense coordinator for Greensboro. He apparently didn’t build on it.
- Dr. Thomas Edgar Sikes Jr. (1925-2015) and his wife Betty Gale Edwards Sikes (1926-2018) bought the land in 1954 and built the house four years later. Edgar and Betty Gale were married for 66 years. The house was sold by their children in 2020.
- Edgar was an oral surgeon (his father was a dentist); he practiced in Greensboro for 40 years. He also served as head of dental services at Wesley Long and Moses Cone hospitals and taught pathology and anatomy at Guilford Technical and Community College. His obituary said he sang in the choir at West Market St United Methodist Church for 60 years, served as chairman of the Guilford County Board of Health and volunteered in the Department of Archives at the Greensboro History Museum. He also served as museum president.
- Betty Gale was a charter member of the Greensboro History Museum Guild, served on the Board of Trustees and as a docent for 35 years. She died at the age of 92. Her survivors included her step-mother-in-law, Mary Ann Mitchell Sikes, who was born the same year she was (and died two years later). They were both a year younger than Edgar.
- For more on the house, see https://www.117keelingw.com/.
- What it looked like when it was sold in 2020:
3005 Madison Avenue
The Thomas and Hilda Dixon House
- 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 3,575 square feet, 0.49 acre
- Price/square foot: $162
- Built in 1964
- Listed April 6, 2021
- Last sale: $260,000, February 2006
- Neighborhood: Starmount Forest
- Note: Thomas Crabtree Dixon Jr. (1916-1980) and his wife, Hilda Dixon Dixon (1918-1990) were the original owners. He was secretary-treasurer of Dixon & Waynick Inc. (successor to Dixon & Christopher), HVAC contractors. They owned the house from 1964 to 1973.
2701 Asbury Terrace
contract pending March 23, 2021
- 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,974 square feet, 0.33 acre
- Price/square foot: $155
- Built in 1960
- Listed March 23, 2021
- Last sale: $175,000, February 2011
- Neighborhood: Kirkwood
2110 Lynwood Drive
The Walter and Lois Short House
- Sold for $269,000 (originally $275,000)
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,429 square feet, 0.63 acre
- Price/square foot: $111
- Built in 1959
- Listed December 4, 2020
- Last sale: $120,000, November 1996
- Neighborhood: Lynwood Lakes
- Note: The house has had only two owners. Walter and Lois Short bought the house in 1959, the year it was built. They both were natives of Surry County. Walter Oliver Short (1912-1991) was a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps. He was an employee of Lorillard. Mallie Lois Sutphin Short (1913-2010) sold the house to the current owners in 1996. She was one of 15 siblings; 13 survived to adulthood. Her survivors included two sisters and a brother.