Written by Aida Saul
Photography by Brianne Williams
Edited by Nicole Crews
When you think of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mid-Century Modern architecture isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. So in 2011, when Leslie and John Culbertson purchased the Lassiter House and approached me about designing the home, I dove right in, Bauhaus-inspired pool and all.
Designed by renowned native North Carolina architect A.G. Odell Jr., the house’s bones—wide open spaces, window walls, extended eaves, and lack of ornamentation—exemplified the international style. The fact that the historic 1952 iconic structure laid in stark contrast with the stone and brick homes of Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood was part of the appeal, even though the home had been unoccupied for years and was in major disrepair. Incredible photographs taken of the house after completion lined the mantle ledge and made it alluring to imagine restoring this home to its former glory. So we set out on a journey to preserve the structure and create a vibrant and exciting home to suit the needs of the Culbertson family…