Designed by prolific Cape Cod architect Charles Zehnder in 1970, the Kugel Gips house—once slated for demolition—is the first completed project of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, a group dedicated to documenting and preserving Bauhaus-era houses on Cape Cod by architectural luminaries such as Marcel Breuer, Nathaniel Saltonstall, and Eero Saarinan.
The house, which overlooks Northeast Pond, is available for rent during the summer months (a portion is tax-deductible); in the autumn and spring, artists and scholars can apply for a residency program. Visit Cape Cod Modern House Trust for booking information.
Above: The Kugel Gips House is a reflection of Zehnder's interest in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his time spent with the architect during his years at the University of Virginia.
Above: The structure is surrounded by a series of long cantilevered decks and roof overhangs.
Above: The living room with brick hearth.
Above: A view of the modest kitchen partitioned by a shingled wall.
Above: The living room overlooks the serene pond.
Above: The modest sleeping quarters with concrete brick walls—according to the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Zehnder was influenced by the geometric concrete bunker formations in Normandy.
Above: Concrete walls continue into the bathroom.
Above: The deck overlooks Northeast Pond, one of Wellfleet's many freshwater kettle ponds.
Above: The clear waters of Northeast Pond.
Penelope Green captured the vibe of my Cape Cod childhood in A Childhood Home, and Poet's Muse.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 9, 2010 as part of our Cape Cod Modern issue.