Albemarle Holiday Tour of Homes features a mid-century modern home
Posted at 3:08 PM Mon, Nov 21, 2022
The Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation will once again host their annual Holiday Home Tour from 2-6pm on December 11th.
The tour will include eight sites consisting of private homes, model residences, and public space. For the first time, wristbands will be used instead of paper tickets.
Tour proceeds fund many downtown beautification projects.
Built in 1956, Location No. 3 is a Mid-Century Modern (MCM) home built for Julie Morris Fuller as a gift from her father.
Fuller was known locally for her lively seasonal decorations for the home and for the red 1964 Corvette convertible she drove.
After her death in 2009, the house was purchased in 2017 by Mark Eisler who began renovations and updates to reflect its modernist appeal. The current owner is Sue Harms, a North Carolina native who returned to Albemarle after retiring in Jacksonville, Florida.
A complete restoration was necessary to bring the house back to its original condition. Feature walls were added and new, vintage-style paint colors were updated to those used during the 1950s and 1960s home styles, such as the tangerine front door and trim accents.
Harms changed the color of the front door along with the garage door to navy. The house was originally fitted with insulated double glazed doors to the front of the house overlooking the Zen garden enclosed by a custom concrete fence.
This area has been redesigned to display custom outdoor art.
The house is a true mid-century modern which originally had a refrigerator hung like a picture on the wall with green metal cabinets. The original home appliance kit was called the GE Continental Convenience Package.
Unfortunately the appliances could not be kept except for the oven which did not work but it still added character to the kitchen. The kitchen has been updated with MCM wallpaper and a vintage orange fridge gives a retro feel.
Additional characteristics of MCM homes were designs called Prairie-style architecture popularized by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This house is built from materials such as natural stone, timber, glass and concrete to blend into the landscape of the natural environment.
MCM typically showcases oversized fireplaces, river stone floors, and spacious living areas with plenty of exposed glass allowing large amounts of light to flood the living areas. The new aesthetic was linear and clean also referred to as minimalist designs with an emphasis on simplicity.
The house has an art gallery window front entrance that showcases the green wall that runs the length of the house and is used to display the owner’s art collection.
Features include rock porch walkways, redwood siding, stacked stone fireplace, duct flooring, skylights and large front door with center knob opening. The patio has been expanded with pavers, landscaping lighting, and a pergola.
Location #4 is the decorated modular home built by Meritage Homes in Morgan Hills, Albemarle’s newest community.
Meritage Homes has homes located in 25 communities in the Charlotte metro area. Morgan Hills is their first foray into the Albemarle market.
The price for the wristbands is $15 up front and $20 on the day of the event. Advance wristlet purchases along with tour map booklets are available at GloryBeans Coffee House, Make It Personal, and Starnes Bramlett Jewelers in downtown Albemarle. For online sales, go to www.albemarledowntown.com and find the Holiday Homes Tour under the Events tab. Wristbands purchased online will be available for collection at the Call Desk at Location 1 on the day of the tour.
Wristband tour days and brochures will also be available at Location 1 Pfeiffer University Health Sciences Center at 245 E. Main Street in downtown starting at 1:30 p.m.