What happens when you combine modern design in a historic neighborhood? That’s been the national discussion for the past year in Raleigh, North Carolina. One new modern house has been the subject of legal proceedings after the city’s Board of Adjustment stopped construction on a previously approved plan after a neighbor appealed last October. The legal struggles even reached the Wake County Supreme Court where the house’s fate was to be decided.
The controversial Oakwood Modern House has garnered a lot of national attention and been covered by many news organizations such as The New York Times and the Today Show. It’s even been featured on international sites like the Huffington Post and the UK’sDaily Mail. One anonymous supporter of the house has even started a Twitter account, tweeting as the house itself. As of the beginning of the month, the account @ModernOakwood has over 2,000 followers and has tweeted over 1,500 times.
At times, the house can be existential.
(It should call Peninsula Siding Company!)
It often interacts with fans...
… and sometimes with the house’s detractors.
The house’s owner Marsha Gordon interacts with the Oakwood Modern House, signing her tweets as “Mom.”
And the house even reaches out to industry professionals like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Ty Pennington.
There is usually a sense of good nature and humor throughout the tweets.
(We would watch that movie!)
In early September the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the house and its owners, so luckily for us the tweets will keep coming! However, a particularly passionate neighbor recently filed an appeal so the debate doesn't appear to be dying down anytime soon. The Oakwood Modern House has even inspired other controversial buildings across the country to set up their own Twitter accounts. What would your house say if it had its own Twitter account?
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