McAdams House

The 1954 McAdams House is a Modernist-influenced Ranch designed by Raleigh architect Leif Valand. Valand came to Raleigh in the 1940s to design the mixed-use Cameron Village development, which included the shopping center, office buildings, and housing. He stayed, establishing a firm that nurtured young designers. Unlike many local architects of the period, Valand was not associated with the Modernist-focused School of Design at North Carolina State University, and his practice was more client-focused than academically inclined. As this house demonstrates, his typical aesthetic incorporated horizontality, ashlar stone accents, and a broad, living room hearth into practical forms like the eminently livable Ranch house type. Private residence.

Date: 1954

Images

McAdams House, 2021
McAdams House, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
McAdams House, 2021
McAdams House, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
McAdams House, 2021
McAdams House, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
McAdams House, 2020
McAdams House, 2020 Image courtesy of John Hodges.
McAdams House, 1954
McAdams House, 1954 Drawing by Leif Valand, Architect. Image courtesy of John Hodges.

Location

2214 Wheeler Road

Metadata

RHDC, “McAdams House,” Raleigh Historic, accessed July 19, 2024, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/197.