This 30-year-old house is a work of serious architecture that successfully exploits its extraordinary site without calling (too much) attention to itself. One of few houses in town cited by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, it was designed by Charles Zehnder of Wellfleet, the most prolific modernist on the Cape, and Alan Dodge. Zehnder was killed in a car crash before the house was finished. Until 2013, this was the summer home of Dr. Richard Wurtman, director of the Wurtman Lab at M.I.T., and his wife, Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., who wrote Managing Your Mind and Mood Through Food, The Serotonin Solution, The Serotonin Power Diet, and Simon Loses His Tummy. She also studied the relationship between emotional distress, carbohydrate craving, and brain serotonin. “I did not make the world any thinner,” she allowed in 2014, but perhaps imparted “an understanding of why we remain so fat.”
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