Collection by Aaron Britt

Cape/Modern at PAAM


Friday, July 29th marks the opening of what looks to be a very exciting exhibit on residential regionalism. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod offers "Cape/Modern: The Architecture of Survival and Celebration," a show about "two kinds of houses that are iconic on Cape Cod: the Cape Cod cottage and the modern houses that started to spring up in the 1950s." In the show, curator and Massachusetts-based architect Mark Hammer compares the two forms, finding that both typologies have a similar origin, though the colonists who settled the Cape were driven by survial and the modernists, on the other hand, were looking for some fun on the beach. "Colonists from England were the ones who imported what they knew back in Europe to build the Cape Cod cottage," Hammer says. "And in the 20th century, Europeans who were fleeing Germany and other places for intellectual freedom brough along their building styles as well." Check out the slideshow for a preview of what you'll see at PAAM starting Friday.

A fine example of Cape Cod modernism, the Kuhn Cottage by Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver Morton Architects is from...
On the other end of the spectrum is this Cape Cod cottage from 1730.
Here we see a board for the exhibit that traces the modernist legacy to Cape Cod.
We get another look here at the Atwood-Higgins cottage from 1730.
This board offers a quartet of modern Cape Cod residences.
This board makes the clearest case for the formal links between the cottages and farmhouses of Europe and early America...
In addition to what Hammer has curated in the show Cape/Modern, I also wanted to show three projects by his firm.
The home from 2001 in Wellfleet has a more rustic feel, though employs modernist form with the kind of hard-wearing...
This home is a renovation and addition to a home in Truro by Henry Hebbeln.