Modern Raleigh: An Architecture Exhibit Now Live

Pictured from left to right are School of Design Dean (1948-1972) Henry Kamphoefner, Brian Shawcroft, Charles H. Kahn, Joseph N. Boaz, and an unidentified student

Title Design

At the beginning of the summer I created a Mid Century Architecture walking tour that focused on the work of architects connected to the College of Design.  Then, using the NC State University Libraries' Rare and Unique Digital Collections I wrote a blog post for the Special Collections connecting the walking tour to digitized materials, like blueprints and interviews. Now collaborating with Colin Keenan, in Learning Spaces & Services, we created a Virtual Reality exhibit entitled, Modern Raleigh: An Architecture Exhibit.

Modern Raleigh: An Architecture Exhibit highlights the NC State University Libraries' digitized archival holdings that represent the College of Design's significant relationship with Raleigh's residential and commercial landscape. This virtual exhibit focuses on the lives and works of five distinguished architects whose careers intersected the NC State University's College of Design--G. Milton Small Jr. (1916-1992), Eduardo Catalano (1917-2010), George Matsumoto (1922-2016), Brian Shawcroft (1929-2017), and Philip Freelon (1953-2017).  Using photographs, video, and 3D modeling we hope to immerse the audience in the sights and sounds of these architects that helped define a half-century of Raleigh architecture. Perhaps you’ll even better appreciate the unique designs surrounding NC State University's campus.

Floormap of gallery

Materials in the Virtual Exhibit can be found in G. Milton Small Papers (MC 00006)Eduardo Catalano Papers (MC 00625)Eduardo Catalano Slides (MC 00477)George Matsumoto Architectural Drawings and Other Papers (MC 00042)Brian Shawcroft Papers (MC 000370)Phil Freelon Papers (MC 00553)Phil Freelon Oral History (MC 00626); and North Carolina State University Oral Histories (MC 0000449).

If you would like to learn more about the Special Collections Research Center and our thousands of digitized materials, please visit the Rare and Unique Digital Collections for access to imagesvideoaudio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State's student activities and other topics. You can also visit Historical State for a timeline of the history of the NC State.


My avatar in the Matsumoto Room
My avatar in the Matsumoto Room

Research questions and/or requests for materials can be sent in using the Special Collections Request Form. Please note that due to the NC State University Coronavirus Response, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open only to NC State faculty, staff, and students, and only by appointment. Staff are able to assist with some reference support; we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.