Putting the Ease in Easements: Saving Modernist Houses from Bulldozers

Raleigh's Eduardo Catalano House, 1954. Sadly gone forever. Photo from TMH.

Raleigh's milestone Eduardo Catalano House, 1954. Sadly gone forever. Photo from TMH.

Property easements aren’t sexy, but they are important, especially when they concern property with historic value. Easements protect historic structures by assuring that the property’s intrinsic values will be preserved through subsequent ownership.

To help the general public understand how easements work, what they protect, their advantages and disadvantages, Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) will present a workshop and panel discussion in the new addition to Pullen Memorial Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, on Saturday, August 15, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Members of the panel will include TMH founder and executive director George Smart; Elizabeth Sappenfield, director of Urban Issues for Preservation North Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation; J. Myrick Howard, executive director, Preservation North Carolina; and Sig Hutchinson, a Wake County insurance agent who is best known for his work in protecting and preserving open space and expanding Raleigh’s greenway system.

TMH’s George Smart is particularly interested in how preservation easements can save mid-century Modernist houses from being razed in the Triangle.

“Many people have a deep personal connection to their house or property,” he said. “It is a part of their family legacy or the cherished result of a life’s work. A preservation easement assures a beloved property will be preserved forever.”

Advance tickets are $5.95 per person and can be obtained at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm.

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One Response to “Putting the Ease in Easements: Saving Modernist Houses from Bulldozers”

  1. I think the children in this photograph are the Gussows, Olga
    Mimi and me, Jill. I don’t know who the others are. Maybe the Catalano or Caminos children. Does anybody know?

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