Preservation Chapel Hill

Lake Forest Modernist House Tour

April 12, 2014 from 1-4 pm

Immerse yourself in Chapel Hill's beautiful Modernist architecture with a tour of five homes in the Lake Forest neighborhood.

History of Lake Forest


In the 1950s and 1960s, a large subdivision was developed around Eastwood Lake. The lake was created by damming Booker Creek, and the subdivision that grew around was known as Lake Forest Estates, now simply Lake Forest. It consists primarily of North Lakeshore Drive and South Lakeshore Drive, two meandering roads that follow the lake’s shoreline. The land was originally owned by William Coker, renowned botanist from the University of North Carolina.


The first development of the neighborhood was along South Lakeshore Drive by the Mortgage Insurance Corporation of Burlington. The first section was laid out in 1957, with four more following and almost completely surrounding Eastwood Lake by 1963.


That year, Edward J. “Peg” Owens purchased a portion of the land and immediately laid out the next sections of Lake Forest, on the northwest side of the lake. Between 1965 and 1968, Owens built many houses in this part of the neighborhood, many of which have a lodge-inspired look featuring stained wood. The neighborhood retains mature trees and a beautiful natural setting, and Owens goal for its construction was to build the neighborhood around the environment, instead of removing the environment to put in the neighborhood.



Thank you to our Sponsors!


Accent Hardwood Flooring


James Webb Trust

L.E. Meyers Building Company

Lisa Dye Janes Realtor

MintaBell Design Group

North Carolina Modernist Houses

Swanson & Associates Landscape Architecture


Houses on the Tour


A special thanks to all the homeowners!

408 Ridgecrest Road

1921 South Lakeshore Drive

2131 North Lakeshore Drive

1920 South Lakeshore Drive

2017 South Lakeshore Drive

1730 Allard Road




To purchase General Admission tickets at $25.00 per person

Online: click here

By Phone: call 919-942-7818

In Person: at the PCH offices at the Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill


To purchase PCH Member tickets at $20.00 per person

By Phone: call 919-942-7818

In Person: at the PCH offices at the Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill


There will also be "Day Of" tickets available but they may require a short wait. You will join the earliest available tour. Below is our current tour availability.

  • 1:00      4 available

  • 1:15      18 available

  • 1:30      15 available 

  • 1:45      21 available

  • 2:00      24 available

  • 2:15      23 available

  • 2:30      SOLD OUT

  • 2:45      28 available

  • 3:00      17 available

  • 3:15      27 available

  • 3:30      7 available

  • 3:45      28 available

  • 4:00     17 available


The fine print


* Access to the tour is provided by shuttle only. Please park at the UNC Health Care Center parking lot at the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and Sage Road where you will check in and catch the shuttle. Please do not drive directly to the houses.

* Tours will begin every fifteen minutes. You will be placed on tours according to the time you select when you purchase your tickets. If you do not arrive for your designated tour time, your tickets may be forfeit. Tours are limited in number, and we cannot guarantee space on a later tour.

* All tickets are will-call tickets. Please arrive no later than ten minutes before your schedule tour time to check in and pick up your tickets. Check in and the shuttle stop will be at the parking lot.

* The tour is rain or shine. There will be no refunds for inclement weather. Please dress accordingly.

* Please respect the homeowners and do not request to see a home outside the tour times.

* Please wear soft-soled shoes. You may be asked to remove your shoes at the door.

* Photography is permitted, pets are not.

* No food or drinks are permitted on the tour.