Help save the Weidlinger House.


Due to a lack of resources from the Park Service, this irreplaceable piece of our cultural heritage ended up abandoned and slated for demolition in the pristine landscape of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $50,000 toward the structure’s restoration and conversion into an artist/scholar residence by July 2014.

The living room in it’s original state. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli

In 1952, Paul Weidlinger bought this secluded parcel of land in Wellfleet. Inspired by his friend, the famed architect Marcel Breuer, who had settled just across the pond, he set out to combine his vision of experimental modernism with the particular requirements of a Cape Cod summerhouse.

Peter McMahon, architect and founding director of the Trust, describes Paul Weidlinger as “one of the great structural thinkers of the modern era,” and his house as “hovering, a platform for viewing its unspoiled natural setting.”

Born in Budapest in 1914, Paul Weidlinger apprenticed with Le Corbusier and Lazlo Maholy Nagy before coming to the U.S. and starting his own firm. Weidlinger engineered many iconic midcentury structures, including Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum, the ramp for Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Eero Saarinen’s CBS Headquarters Building, and Gordon Bunshaft’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, engineered by Paul Weidlinger. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Please help save the Weidlinger House, and turn it into a home for creativity and learning.

The pond side of the house today. Photo: Raimund Koch