Modern Safari – Adventure in a Mid-Century Restoration



Town Mountain Road

Designed by:

J. Bertram King


1963 – 2800 sq/ft

I recently toured and photographed the home of John Moody and R. Hardy Holland III.  This 1960’s, contemporary post and beam, by noted local architect J. Bertram King, has been given new life by its recent Atlanta transplants.  Built in 1963 it was still clinging to some of the decorative character of the past, including pea green shag carpet.  Over the past year, John and Hardy, have emphasized the modern characteristics of the house and personalized the decor with treasures from their safari adventures.


On the afternoon the couple closed on the house the old kitchen, shown above and left, was removed along with the carpeting and paneling.  They, literally and figuratively, pumped new life into the heart of the house by installing a rich red, modern kitchen.  What was a typical, enclosed kitchen was now a vibrant and open space to entertain.


 The living room was simply cleaned up to allow for a relaxed living space that showcased the architecture and opened up the dramatic mountain and city views.


On a weekend while John was away, Hardy and a friend transformed John’s office to resemble an African safari tent.  John, a native of South Africa, has a business creating and selling luxury tours in Africa.  You can see his tours at .  Hardy is a Wealth Management Consultant for Smith Barney.  office1

img_48281Architect J. Bertram King, is an Asheville resident who won AIA design awards for his building designs.  In 1968 he was noted for designing the Warren Wilson College Chapel.

(text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)

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