Poland House

Frank Walser, builder; George Matsumoto, architect


Bahama, Durham County
Street Address:

502 John Jones Rd.





Images Published In:

Architectural Record, 1957


The George Poland House, which displays Matsumoto’s modular, post and beam construction and cantilevered elements, exemplifies his blend of Miesian and Wrightian elements. It was built for Poland, a professor of Romance languages at present NCSU. One account states that Poland initially sought a copy of Matsumoto’s own residence; the surviving correspondence and drawings show the two men’s collaboration in developing the design during 1954. Construction was begun in 1955 and completed in 1956. Like many of Matsumoto’s houses, it was located on a sloping site, on a hilly, suburban property at 3929 Arrow Drive in Raleigh. When the house was built at what was then a semi-rural location, it had a dramatic view of Crabtree Creek valley below. During the later 20th century, the area was transformed with development, including construction of Crabtree Valley Mall at the base of the hill and new uses along Arrow Drive. In 2001, with the assistance of Preservation North Carolina, the house was moved to its present location in a natural setting north of Durham and restored, with Frank Walser’s son Bern involved in the project. Source: Ellen Turco, George Poland House National Register of Historic Places Nomination, 2004.