Preservation progress on Cape Cod.


As we say goodbye to Ted Kennedy, his brother Jack has also been on my mind during my stay on Cape Cod. It was President Kennedy who established the Cape Cod National Seashore, and within this federally protected area are a handful of abandoned and threatened modern houses that we covered last October “Cubes on dunes: Exploring modern houses on Cape Cod.” I spent the last few days catching up with the Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) to see the progress that has been made on preserving the Kugel-Gips house (shown above) in Wellfleet. Designed in 1970 by Charlie Zehnder, the house had water damage and wood rot when I saw it last year. Most of the damaged areas have now been restored, and Peter McMahon, executive director of the CCMHT, estimates that the project will be complete in about six weeks. After that, a scholar-in-residence program will begin, and the Trust will focus on the next house they plan to save, most likely the Hatch Cottage by John Hall, which I’ll tell you more about in an upcoming issue of Design Notes.