Eduardo Catalano Slides [Between 1954 and 2001], 2002

Creator
Catalano, Eduardo, 1917-
Size
0.14 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00477

The Eduardo Catalano Slides include slides of the interior and exterior views of the Eduardo Catalano house in Raleigh, North Carolina. The slides also include views of the home after it was demolished in 2001 and of the "Floralis Generica" sculpture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a gigantic metal flower with six motorized 20 meter high petals that open and close. The slides are undated, except for the ones of the "Floralis Generica", which are dated in 2002.

Eduardo Fernando Catalano, (1917-2010), taught at the Architectural Association in London until 1951 when he was recruited as a Professor of Architecture by Henry Kamphoefner for the North Carolina State University School of Design. In 1956, he moved to Boston and taught at MIT until 1997. The Eduardo Catalano House, aka Raleigh House, aka Ezra Meir House, originally at 1467 Caminos Drive (now Catalano Drive), was built in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1954 and destroyed in 2001. The three-bedroom house featured a 4,000 square foot roof which was a hyperbolic paraboloid, built of wood and only 2.5" thick. The roof was warped into two structural curves (similar to the shape of a shoehorn), with two corners of the roof firmly anchored to the ground and two corners soaring high into the air. Sheltered beneath the double-twisted roof was a square interior enclosed entirely in glass. The undulation of the roof provided openness in some areas and privacy and seclusion in others.

Biographical/historical note

Eduardo Fernando Catalano, (1917-2010), taught at the Architectural Association in London until 1951 when he was recruited as a Professor of Architecture by Henry Kamphoefner for the North Carolina State University School of Design. In 1956, he moved to Boston and taught at MIT until 1997. The Eduardo Catalano House, aka Raleigh House, aka Ezra Meir House, originally at 1467 Caminos Drive (now Catalano Drive), was built in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1954 and destroyed in 2001. The three-bedroom house featured a 4,000 square foot roof which was a hyperbolic paraboloid, built of wood and only 2.5" thick. The roof was warped into two structural curves (similar to the shape of a shoehorn), with two corners of the roof firmly anchored to the ground and two corners soaring high into the air. Sheltered beneath the double-twisted roof was a square interior enclosed entirely in glass. The undulation of the roof provided openness in some areas and privacy and seclusion in others.

The $40,000 house was also called the Potato Chip house because of the swooping hyperbolic roof. Catalano built this 1700-square-foot home for himself but only lived there a few years. The design was highly publicized as the "House of the Decade" by House and Home Magazine in 1956 and was praised by Frank Lloyd Wright. As with most modernist houses in Raleigh, it was built by Frank Walser. It is the only house Catalano designed in North Carolina.

Scope/content

The Eduardo Catalano Slides include slides of the interior and exterior views of the Eduardo Catalano house in Raleigh, North Carolina. The slides also include views of the home after it was demolished in 2001 and of the "Floralis Generica" sculpture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a gigantic metal flower with six motorized 20 meter high petals that open and close. The slides are undated, except for the ones of the "Floralis Generica", which are dated in 2002.

Physical description

1 Slidebox

Arrangement

Collection arranged in order received.

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eduardo Catalano Slides, MC 00477, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of George Smart and the Triangle Modernist Archives, Inc.

Processing information

Processed by Vivian Phinizy, April 2013; Finding aid created by Vivian Phinizy, April 2013

Catalano House Slides [Between 1954 and 2001], 2002
Slide box 1

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eduardo Catalano Slides, MC 00477, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.