Kohlberg House

The Kohlberg House was built by Luther Crowell, a local designer/builder descended from a long line of early Cape Cod ship captains, like Elkanah Crowell of Dennis. Though not trained as an architect Crowell emulated the other local modernists in the over 100 houses he designed and built in Wellfleet.

The house, which is now eligible for the National Registry of Historic Places, was the home of Lawrence Kohlberg, the prominent Harvard professor who pioneered a theory of the moral development of children, still taught to all aspiring teachers. He did much of his writing in the house surrounded by his family and many other prominent thinkers and academics who lived near by, in modern houses built in the same era.

The simple but elegant house sits on top one of the highest dunes on the Outer Cape with an expansive view of the Atlantic. The main floor is an open plan, with all the public spaces and a study/bedroom. Two other bedrooms and full bath are in the walk-out, lower level.

The large lot also includes an A-frame cottage which was built in the 70s for the teenage kids and overflow guests. This has a bedroom, sleeping loft, kitchenette and bathroom.

It’s a short walk to Newcomb Hollow beach and a nearby path leads to the secluded Spectacle Pond.

The house was in an advanced state of decay having been vacant and exposed to the weather since around 2001. CCMHT started restoration in October 2018, completed in June 2019.

Please contact the Trust at capemoderntrust@gmail.com to inquire about booking a stay.


Luther Crowell





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