THE 
thomas edgar sikes, jr 
house

If life is a stage, architecture is its setting. It informs how we exist, function and express our feelings, dreams and values.  When that setting is mid-century modern, it honors and inspires so much more.  

Mid-century modern architecture in its bold designs, radical expressions and focus on geometry and function emerged as a protest in the dust of devastating war. It is a revolt against stuffy traditions, breaking free from oppression as it embraces new, optimistic and innovative ways of life.

Welcome to perhaps the best expression of mid-century modern function and style Greensboro, North Carolina has to offer. Designed for one of the area's most prominent families by a fascinating architect, and built by one of America's most prolific builders, we present 117 Keeling Rd. W, better known as the Thomas Edgar Sikes, Jr. house.

Disclaimer:  Research is ongoing to uncover more of this important Hamilton Lakes home's history. This website is a work in progress.

THE STORY

THE HOUSE

MID-CENTURY MODERN EXCELLENCE

This home is among the best examples of classic prairie style modern architecture in the state of North Carolina.

THE BUILDER

SUPERIOR

CONSTRUCTION

No Greensboro builder has achieved more than the man who built this house. From his first building to his role as Asst. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Nixon, his record of quality speaks for itself.

THE ARCHITECT

OLYMPIAN REFUGEE

The most elusive of those involved with 117 Keeling is perhaps the most interesting. Based on our research, his story reveals a brilliant Czech architect who competed in the 1936 Olympics and viewed being social as essential in sparking happiness and joy.

THE NAMESAKE

COMMUNITY

CHAMPION

Following in his famous father's footsteps, Dr. Edgar Sikes, Jr. not only became Greensboro's most prominent oral surgeon, but a shining example of the importance of community immersion.

PRESERVE

Preservation
Greensboro

This important non-profit guided the renovation team at Keeling through its process.  They are essential in understanding, exploring and discovering the historic preservation that has inspired Greensboro's treasured landmarks and history.  

We encourage your support of this wonderful team that has taught us all so much.

CELEBRATE

NC Moderist

North Carolina proudly boasts one of the largest collections of modern homes in America.  NC Modernist is a non-profit educational archive celebrating that fact while providing donors, volunteers and advocates information and organization to document, preserve, and promote North Carolina’s legacy of exceptional residential Modernist architecture.

COLLECT

NCSU Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Department maintains research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support research and teaching needs. 

The original blueprints of 117 Keeling W are registered and housed in this important collection.

COMMENTS / QUESTIONS

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