Saturday, September 13, 2008

21 Moon Hill Road, Lexington, Massachusetts contemporary real estate for sale

Original and Very Rare “Moon Hill” home for sale. Call to inquire about this exquisite setting, tastefully maintained, 7 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home. In 1948 seven young architects set out to build their homesteads and the ideal community. Among the rock out croppings, majestic Oak and Pine trees. The original founders of “Moon Hill” created their “Genuine Neighborhood”. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the lifestyle which emanates from the “Cooperative Spirit” created in 1948 by W. Gropius and friends.

Moon Hill is a residential community dwelling that was designed by The Architects' Collaborative (TAC) and is located in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Originally conceived in 1947 to house the young architects of TAC, Six Moon Hill has now grown to 29 housing lots, the most recent of which was completed in 2004. To build the community, TAC established a nonprofit corporation and bought 20 acres on which to build. It took the name from the six antique Moon Motor Car automobiles the previous owner had stored on the property.

The first houses were designed and built in a modernistic way. The method of design was rectangular, flat-roofed, timber-sided homes, which was typical for residences designed by TAC. The houses are situated on a sloping hill lining a small road that forms a cul-de-sac.
Six Moon Hill runs as a consensus-based, collective community in which each member family pays dues and is concerned with community issues. Among the original architects (and residents) were Benjamin C. Thompson, Norman C. Fletcher, Jean B. Fletcher, John C. Harkness, Sarah P. Harkness, Robert S. McMillan, Louis A. McMillen and Richard S. Morehouse. Other notable residents include Nobel chemist Konrad Bloch, Nobel physicist Samuel C.C. Ting, Dr. Thomas C. Chalmers (past president of the Mount Sinai Medical Center), Wallace E. Howell (New York City's first official rainmaker), Robert Newman (co-founder of Bolt Beranek and Newman) and John C. Sheehan, the first chemist to synthesize penicillin.
The most recent house is dubbed the "big dig house" as it is built from remnant construction material used in the Big Dig, Boston's recent central artery and tunnel project. Owner Paul Pedini, a vice president at the Big Dig's biggest contractor, Modern Continental envisioned the house as a conglomerate of such material as concrete roadway decking and spare rebar. Designed by Boston firm, Single Speed Design, the house is noted for being environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, and won a Metropolis award for innovative design.

INFO: David Sears
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