Kugel/Gips House

Designed by Charlie Zehnder in 1970, the Kugel/Gips house was abandoned for eleven years and in an advanced state of decay until CCMHT obtained a lease in 2009, and started restoration. Since then it has hosted over 16 artist/scholar residencies.

The house hovers above a secluded Northeast Pond (looking across to Great Pond) with no other building in sight. The massive masonry base anchors the broad cantilevering decks and eaves out into the landscape. Zehnder’s interest in Frank Lloyd Wright as well as intimate understanding of the Outer Cape’s terrain and climate are clearly seen, with the plan pinwheeling around a massive hearth and stretching out to take advantage of views and the prevailing breeze. There are three bedrooms, two baths and the ocean beach is a five minute walk. Furniture and art in the house has been collected and donated to help contextualize the architecture.


Charlie Zehnder



Cape Cod Modern House Trust
PO Box 1191
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
email: capemoderntrust@gmail.com

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