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The Cohen-Fumero House

  • Original Construction: 1961

    Preservation Project Completed: 2019-2020

  • Preservation (Residential) - Restoration of an historic residential structure

The Cohen-Fumero House

View of the Front Entry of the Home
Front Entry before the Restoration
View of the Front Entry During the Restoration
Kitchen & Dining Space after the Renovation
Kitchen & Dining Space Before the Renovation
View During the Construction of the New Kitchen & Dining Space
Photo of a Dinner Party Held by Herb Cohen & Jose Fumero at the Home in the 1960's
Main Living Space After the Restoration
View of the Original Kitchen
Choosing the Stain for the Restored Floors
View of the Back Deck After the Restoration
View of the Back Deck and Damaged Roof Prior to the Restoration
View of the New Roof
Replacing the Roof During the Renovation
View of the Bathroom After the Renovation
Bathroom Prior to the Renovation
Owner Charlie Miller

About the Project

Built in 1961, this historic landmark is one of just a few high-style midcentury modern buildings left in the region. Noted architect Murray Whisnant designed the house for artists Herb Cohen and Jose Fumero, who wanted a home built for artistic expression and entertaining. It became a center of artistic social life in 1960s Charlotte. The home sat vacant for many years and was in serious disrepair when local realtor Charlie Miller purchased it and began restoration efforts in 2019. He restored or renovated the entire house, including removing 1990s-era changes that were not authentic to the home’s original design. Miller meticulously refurbished many of the home’s historic interior elements, including its tiger-stripe mahogany paneling, floor-to-ceiling mahogany doors with original hardware and expansive glass windows and sliding doors.

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