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  • Cape Cod Modern House Tour *part two

    (originally published on August 25, 2012)

    Let's continue (if you missed part one, start here) .... so, it turns out Young Whippersnapper and I made a pretty good house touring team. She managed the directions (following the dot on her smartphone) and I drove, making more left turns on Route 6 than I ever have in my life. Not fun. YW was also pretty good at snagging the cookies at each house and sharing them with me.

    Our fourth stop on the tour was the figure eight-shaped Zindler House, built in 1977 and designed by Elenore Petterson (who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright.) One of the cool things about Modern houses is that you never quite know where the entrance is. I love that!

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    The path leading up to the house was lined with wooden posts, each displaying a different rock cluster. This particular vignette is so Cape Cod -- beach rocks, pine needles, pine cone, and drift wood.

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    Inside was the swankiest, 70s-est sunken living room I've ever seen. It was fabulous! Why don't they make these anymore? I want one.

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    And the house, like the others, was filled with art. Or plastic doll chairs on a table. As soon as I saw them, I said to YW, "This was just made for instagramming," as I pulled out my own smartphone and snapped away. And smirked.

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    The only way to get upstairs was to use these wonderful spiral stairs.

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    More of the fun art inside ...

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    This view is outside from the back. It's hard to see the figure eight plan, but you get a sense of it better from the inside.

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    And they had a lovely pool.

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    The last house on the tour was YW's favorite. To get here, we had to go down yet another questionable road and drive over a huge asphalt bump that almost gutted Black Beauty. 

    The Ozbekhan House was built in 1974 by another female architect, Anne Ozbekhan, who studied with Mies van der Rohe. The "house" is really a compound with three buildings - the two you see here and the studio which is behind me, up the hill.image

    This place was filled with art and creative touches, too!

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    Don't you just love that wood stove?

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    The woman who lives here is an artist. I loved catching glimpses of the huge sculptural faces randomly placed around the complex.

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    And inside the studio was some of the owner's amazing work! 

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    Pretty fantastic! In the end, I dropped off YW and her smartphone at Castle Hill and made it back to Ptown for my boat home. If you are interested in doing the tour next year, be sure to stalk the Castle Hill web site in late April/early May when tickets go on sale. It's definitely worth it!