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Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani (Metropolis Books, spring 2014), tells the fascinating story of the cosmopolitan group of designers who settled in Wellfleet and Truro between the 1930s and 1970s, and their experimental architectural legacy in the woods and dunes. The book draws on Trust archives — including dozens of architectural and personal photos — but is largely a work of new research by Peter McMahon and Boston-based architecture writer Christine Cipriani, who had begun to study the houses independently. The narrative is enriched by dazzling and important new photographs by Raimund Koch, new drawings of eight houses by Thomas Dalmas, and interviews with designers, their families, and their clients.
Praise for Cape Cod Modern:
“A beautifully written book with a tremendous sense of time and place.”
— John Pawson, John Pawson Architects Ltd.
“Fascinating—an elegantly written, well researched, highly readable account of the creation and flowering of a world of social and intellectual exchange, its characters, influences, and traditions, and the refined, austere, and delightful houses that are its legacy.”
— George McNeely, World Monuments Fund
“One of the missing links in East Coast modernism has been beautifully uncovered and brought to light by
Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani. Beyond a mere documentation of forgotten architecture, Cape Cod Modern is a first-rate chronicle of a special place and period in American cultural history.”
— Alastair Gordon, co-publisher, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction
“Rigorously researched and meticulously documented, Cape Cod Modern narrates an extraordinary era of architectural experiments in spatial organization and materials on the Outer Cape. These houses are not only examples of an alternate legacy of the ‘masters’ of modern architecture. They are diagrams of a very particular worldview and recommendations for a specific way of living—progressive and enlightened, with art at its center.”
–K. MICHAEL HAYS, HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Below are images from the book