108 PINE ST. / THE MAUSOLEUM / THE MOZ

108 PINE ST. / THE MAUSOLEUM / THE MOZ

108
,
Carrboro
NC
Built in
1942-1960
/ Demolished in
1985-1986
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  • Sun, 07/07/2024 - 8:01pm by SteveR

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108
,
Carrboro
NC
Built in
1942-1960
/ Demolished in
1985-1986
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

This structure was an outbuilding behind the dwelling at 108 Pine Street. The Romweber family moved to this property in mid-1977, and sold it in July 1986.

This outbuilding was where Dexter Romweber briefly lived while a teenager; he and his friends and siblings called it the "Mausoleum" or "Moz" for short.

In 1985, while in Chapel Hill recording a segment on the local music scene, the MTV show "Cutting Edge" visited Dexter Romweber and his bandmate Chris "Crow" Smith (a.k.a. The Flat Duo Jets) at the Moz; the video can be found here: youtube.com/watch?v=2BvKB-eOR9M&ab_channel=cmanzan

An Oxford American article described the place: "The Moz more closely resembles a haunted house than any domestic structure. The front door frame is cocked sideways. Vines stripe the dirty white walls. Boulders and cement pylons fill the yard, and the interior is as dark as a cave. When the MTV crew goes in, their camera provides the main source of illumination. A beam shoots through the subterranean darkness like light from a spelunker’s headlamp. Towers of junk stand in the room’s center – tables, chairs, ironwork – though you can’t tell how much for sure. There appears to be a tree in there too. There’s definitely a bed; in one shot you see Crow sitting on it in front of a table made from a coffin that they found in the woods by the railroad tracks. The coffin’s covered with cigarette butts and beer cans."

In a 2019 interview, Romweber descibed the place as "a small house filled with a lot of really weird things...I made my place in the motif of the '30s and '40s Munsters and Addams Family gothic horror. It was a gothic horror rockabilly kind of house about the size of a mausoleum, so we called it that. It was amazing. It went up in an LSD trip gone bad. It went up in flames and my best friend almost died in that thing. It was really close."

Said incident where it burned down was in 1985 or 1986.

The Carrboro Town Council has declared Friday, March 22, 2024, as Dexter Romweber Day.

Circa 1985

1985 (screenshot of the MTV Cutting Edge video)

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