Preservation Magazine, Fall 2016

Transitions: Lost—Bernstein House

photo by: Gail Jodon

The Bernstein House was designed by Modernist architect Lawrence Bernstein for his brother and sister-in-law.

In each Transitions section of Preservation magazine, we highlight places of local and national importance that have recently been restored, are currently threatened, have been saved from demolition or neglect, or have been lost. Here's one from Fall 2016.

The 1970 Bernstein House in Charlotte, North Carolina, boasted otherworldly architecture and a Modernist pedigree. Architect Lawrence Bernstein, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright and whose portfolio includes award-winning residential, commercial, and medical buildings, designed the house for his brother and sister-in-law and their six children. Construction was completed with assistance from local project architect William Crutcher Ross. In 2004, the Bernsteins sold the house to a neighboring couple, and it gradually fell into disrepair. Preservation group North Carolina Modernist Houses included the residence on its list of most endangered Modernist houses in the state in 2013. After trying unsuccessfully to sell the property, the owners demolished the deteriorated structure this past April.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.

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