The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) was founded to collect, archive and share documentation of the outer Cape’s exceptional modern architecture, restore a group of important, endangered modern houses, and to relaunch them as platforms for new creative work.
Legislation was introduced to create the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1959, and for the next two years, while it was debated, over one hundred houses were built within the park boundaries, including seven significant modern ones. When the legislation passed in 1961, freezing all new development, the homeowners were bought out and the new houses were slated for eventual demolition. The seven National Park Service (NPS) -owned modern houses fell into administrative limbo, where they have languished ever since, most of them empty and deteriorating.
The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) was founded in 2007 as a grassroot organization with the mission of preventing the demolition of this group of significant modern houses owned by the National Park Service (NPS) on outer Cape Cod, and of renovating and repurposing these structures as loci for creativity and scholarship, as well as locating and archiving all available related materials. The more than 100 modern houses in the area represent a little-known cultural asset we all share. CCMHT has leased and restored four of these abandoned, federally owned houses.
- The Kugel/Gips house, 1970, Charles Zehnder
- The Hatch Cottage, 1961, Jack Hall
- The Weidlinger House, 1953, Paul Weidlinger
- The Kohlberg House, 1961, Luther Crowell
Through artist and scholar residencies, tours, symposia, collaborations with schools of architecture (e.g., the Wentworth Institute, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design) CCMHT strives to bring fresh thinking to regional problems of gentrification, lack of affordable housing, moribund employment for young people, the need for off-season cultural tourism and coexistence with a fragile environment.
Founding Director. Principal, PM Design
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Historic Preservation Consultant
Designer, Business owner
Self-employed business person
Mary Anne Agresti
Chair, Boston Society of Architects, Cape and Is. Chapter
Principal, The Design Initiative, Hyannis MA
Art director, photographer and founder of AAB Studio
Ware Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
K Michael Hays
Professor of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Adjunct Curator of Architecture at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Editorial Director, Metropolis Books
For their assistance and support we would like to thank:
The Cape Cod National Seashore:
George Price, Superintendent
Sue Moynihan, Chief, Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management
Bill Burke, Cultural Resources Program Manager
The Town of Wellfleet’s Community Preservation Board
Sarah Korjeff, Cape Cod Commission
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Mary Daniels, Archivist
Ati Gropis Johansen
Design Within Reach
Noa Hall and Ike Williams
The Zehnder family
Gilly Hatch and the Hatch family
Thanks to the Provincetown Community Compact who acted as our fiscal sponsor before we incorporated.
Thanks, also, to all the volunteers who have generously given their time and support for the project.