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Owners of modern Oakwood home want City Council to intervene

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Construction of a home in the 500 block of Euclid Street was stopped when a neighbor complained about its design. Construction of a home in the 500 block of Euclid Street was stopped when a neighbor complained about its design.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The owners of a controversial home in Raleigh's Historic Oakwood neighborhood are hoping City Council will intervene in the dispute and allow their home to be finished.

Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry's home in the 500 block of Euclid Street is 80 percent complete, but a ruling last week by the Board of Adjustment brought construction to a standstill.

The ruling came after neighbor Gail Wiesner complained to the city that their new home's "modern flair" does not match the surrounding architecture. 

Gordon and Cherry, who are married, maintain that the house actually pays homage to surrounding designs and is not out of place at all. 

The couple wants Raleigh City Council to appeal the adjustor's ruling.

"All the homes in Oakwood were modern when they were built," Cherry, who designed the home, argued. "So if you think of modern, meaning current and contemporary, it is that. But modernist -- it's been called an ultra-modernist home -- it is neither of those as a style."

Gordon added, "Historic preservationists believe very firmly that you should not make copycat, Disneyland architecture in a living, breathing historic district."

The Raleigh City Council could discuss the problem as soon as Tuesday. If appealed, the case would go to superior court.

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