A unique modernist home – The Blumenthal Estate

It’s not often that a famous Charlotte family’s mid century modern home becomes available for purchase, so we think it definitely deserves a spotlight in our blog this week. The Blumenthal Residence, located at 3850 Sedgewood Circle, sits on a one acre lot of mature gardens, glowing with Mid Century Modern style.

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate exterior


Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate exterior detail

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate exterior detail

Designed by New York architect Saul Edelbaum in 1952 for Herman and Anita Blumenthal, this home has large open rooms with floor to ceiling glass across the entire back of the home.

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate exterior back

This unique modernist home has custom built-ins throughout, a slate floor den and 14-foot ceilings in the great room with fireplace. You will find quality in every detail.

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate living

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate den Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate living

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate detail

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Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate glass doors

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate kitchen

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate bathroom

Modern Charlotte - The Blumenthal Estate Master Bedroom

This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is approximately 2,900-3,400 sq. ft. and is currently for sale for $745,000.

About the architect – SAUL EDELBAUM (1908-2003)

Born in Danzig, Poland, Edelbaum attended the College of the City of NY from 1926-1928, followed by a 1933 graduation in Architecture from Yale. He worked for Harvey Stevenson and Dear Evans Moore & Woodbridge. He formed Edelbaum/Webster Architects with Ida B. Webster in 1947, one of architecture’s earliest male/female partnerships who were not married to each other.

In addition to commercial projects, the firm became the preferred choice for many prominent southern Jewish families seeking Modernist houses. In 1980 it merged with Weiss and Whelan to form Weiss Whelan Edelbaum and Webster. In the mid-1990’s, the firm broke up and Edelbaum practiced briefly with partner Giorgio Cavaglieri until 2001. He retired and moved to Meadow Lakes, in Hightstown NJ. (This information was provided by George Smart of Triangle Modernist Houses).

About the Blumenthal family

Herman and Anita Blumenthal dedicated their lives to building a strong community and their legacy is one of commitment to civic affairs and tolerance for all faiths. The Blumenthal Foundation, established in 1953 by I. D. Blumenthal, Herman and their spouses, continues to serve those causes. What contributes to its uniqueness is the scope of its grant-giving. From grassroots efforts to service agencies that operate on a local to global scale, it encourages projects of significance to North Carolina and supports a wide range of fields, including: Religious and Interfaith Groups, Social Services, Education and Literacy, Arts and Humanities, Healthcare, the Environment, Jewish Institutions and Jewish Philanthropies.

The youngest of six siblings, Herman Blumenthal was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1937, Herman joined his brother’s business, Radiator Specialty Company, and moved to California to oversee a division of the company. It was there he met Anita Sutker, an accomplished young singer, performing professionally on radio and on voiceovers for Hollywood movies. They were married in 1944 and returned to Charlotte.

Herman worked side-by-side with I. D., as Radiator Specialty evolved into a major corporation and family business. Over time, Herman took over the leadership role for the company. Herman and Anita were committed to a broad array of charitable interests and motivated by the lesson learned early in their life that, “if a community is good to you, you need to be good to the community.” Their imprint can be found throughout Charlotte and as a link between Charlotte’s Jewish and secular communities. While Herman passed away in 2001 and Anita in 2005, their legacy lives on indefinitely.


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