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And thank you to everyone who has come together to get us this far so fast.
We are relying on a potential matching grant and an application for town funding to put us over the top but the more we can raise now the better position we will be in to leverage funding to get to the finish line.

All donations are min. 50% tax deductible.

Weidlinger House Restoration

Due to a lack of resources from the Park Service, this irreplaceable piece of our cultural heritage ended up abandoned and slated for demolition in the pristine landscape of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) has obtained a lease and begun a full restoration, which we hope to finish, with your help, by July, 2014. This Kickstarter campaign is to raise $50,000 toward that goal.

The Weidlinger House in 1953 soon after construction. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli
The Weidlinger House in 1953 soon after construction. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli
The same corner of the house as it looks today. Photo: Dave Kennedy
The same corner of the house as it looks today. Photo: Dave Kennedy

The House

In 1952, Paul Weidlinger bought this secluded parcel of land in Wellfleet. Inspired by his friend, the famed architect Marcel Breuer, who had settled just across the pond, he set out to combine his vision of experimental modernism with the particular requirements of a Cape Cod summerhouse.

The structure hovers over the landscape, a perfect platform for viewing the unspoiled pond and woods. While the three bedrooms and bath are enclosed and rest just above the ground, the open, expansive living space vaults into the air on X braced stilts, a 16-foot wide sliding door opening to the views. The four foot deep veranda surrounds the house, accessed by a flying ramp. The original palette of cobalt blue for doors and window frames and school bus yellow for the steel struts will soon be repainted.

A view of the veranda facing the pond. 1953. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli
A view of the veranda facing the pond. 1953. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli
The living room in it’s original state. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli
The living room in it’s original state. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli

 Paul Weidlinger

Born in Budapest in 1914, Paul Weidlinger apprenticed in Paris with LeCorbusier and London with Lazlo Maholy Nagy before coming to the US and starting his own practice. He specialized in the most daunting structural problems, including pioneering the earthquake and blast proofing of structures and was sought out by many of the giants of modern architecture to help realize their most challenging designs. Following his lead, after 911 his successor firm Weidlinger Associates Inc. was called upon to analyze the collapses of the World Trade Center Towers.

Why was the building vacant?

After the Cape Cod National Seashore was created in 1961, a number of important modern houses were bought by the Federal Government and fell into administrative limbo. The Weidlinger house (one of these) has been derelict for 15 years. Though it will soon be listed on the National Registry, protecting it from demolition, the house is in urgent need of restoration to stop further decay.

Our crew opening up the boarded up sliding doors facing the pond. Photo: Tom Weidlinger
Our crew opening up the boarded up sliding doors facing the pond. Photo: Tom Weidlinger
The pond side of the house today. Photo: Raimund Koch
The pond side of the house today. Photo: Raimund Koch

 The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT)

Incorporated in 2007 as a 501c3 non-profit, CCMHT has secured a lease on the house and plans to resume work on the restoration in Nov. 2013, with completion planned for summer 2014. The Trust has already leased and restored two abandoned modern houses in Wellfleet owed by the National Park Service. Both were made possible by previous, successful fundraising campaigns. These houses act as artist/scholar residencies in the shoulder seasons. In 2012 we hosted six teams of finalists in our Add-on ’13 affordable housing competition (see our blog for details) The effort sought to bring fresh thinking to the Outer Cape’s serious housing problem. Past residents have included painters, film makers, composers, and researchers (among other disciplines). The houses also serve as premiums for membership. Members receive weekly stays in the houses in return for a partially tax-deductible donation. 


Please help us save the Weidlinger House and make it a laboratory for a new generation of problem solvers.

Please attend one of our upcoming events and learn more about the project:


EVENTS: 2013/14

Oct. 8th 
Launch of Kickstarter campaign to fund restoration of the Weidlinger House (Paul Weidlinger, 1953) by Cape Cod Modern House Trust.

Oct. 9th
Opening of Add-on ’13 exhibit.
Boston Society of Architects gallery
Co-sponsored by DOCOMOMO

Screenings of “Built on Narrow Land” Documentary by Malachi Connolly:
http://www.narrowland.org/

Oct 9th,
6:00pm
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street Boston, MA
(Along w/ opening on the Add-on ’13 finalist exhibit)

Oct 18
, 6:15pm
Architecture and Design Film Festival
Tribeca Cinemas NY,NY
http://adfilmfest.com/portal/1462

Nov 2nd
, 2:00pm
Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters
50 Nauset Road Eastham, MA

Nov. 4th
End of Kickstarter campaign, re-start of renovation project.

May 2014.
Publication of Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani, with photography by Raimund Koch. Published by Metropolis Books.


Premiums include:

$10
A photograph of the completed house by Raimund Koch, signed by Peter McMahon 

$50
A blue ray (or standard) copy of the documentary film Built on Narrow Land directed by Malachi Connolly. The 70 min. film explores the cultural and historical forces that produced Cape Cod’s Modern Architecture including many interviews with key actors in the story. see trailer at:  http://www.narrowland.org/

$50
A Weidlinger House T-shirt, designed by TIM-SCAPES of Provincetown.


$100
$50 off a meal at any from Mac’s Seafood restaurants or fish markets in Wellfleet.

$200
A signed copy of Cape Cod Modern, Metropolis Book, by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani with new photography by Raimund Koch. 
A comprehensive compendium of mid-20th century modern architecture on the Outer Cape and the people that produced it. (Release Date May, 2014)

$300
Signed poster of Hatch Cottage collage by Ivan Chermayeff (2009, limited edition of 50. 22X26 high quality, giclee print of original torn paper collage). Ivan and his partner, Tom Geismar, designed many of this country’s most iconic modern logos, including NBC, Pan Am, PBS and Mobil.


$400
You will receive the photograph, t-shirt, DVD and book, plus a personal tour or four modern houses in Wellfleet for you and up to ten of your friends.

$1000
New Reward! 3 days in October 2014 in one of our modern houses in Wellfleet. Days to be negotiated on a first pledge first serve basis. $500 of your pledge will be considered a tax-deductible donation.

$3,500
You will receive the photograph, t-shirt, DVD and book, plus a one-year membership in CCMHT and one week in one of our three restored modern houses in June or September of 2014 or 2015*.

$5,000
You will receive the photograph, t-shirt, DVD and book, plus a week in one of our three restored modern houses in July or August 2014 or 2015*.

For details and photos on our houses please go to http://ccmht.org/blog/stay-in-a-modern-house/

* Please note: We will contact backers to schedule their stay at the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Due to the limited number of weeks in each season, the choice of weeks for house stays will be on a first pledge first serve basis. If Weidlinger House is your first choice and is not completed by July 2014, your pledge will be honored in one of our other two completed houses.

Kickstarter film by Tom Weidlinger
Main photo by Raimund Koch

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If we don’t reach our goal, the house will deteriorate further, and may never be restored. If our Kickstarter goal is reached it will greatly help us to complete this restoration. Though there are potential pitfalls in any project, we have successfully funded and completed two very similar restorations and the completed houses are now financially self sustaining. Our project has many passionate supporters and volunteers who make the restorations possible on a small budget.

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