11 Creek Round Hill Road

11 Creek Round Hill Road, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap 
11 Creek Round Hill Road, Provincetown (2010)-02In design and occupancy, 11 Creek Round Hill Road stands out. It is a work of serious architecture that is remarkably successful in exploiting its extraordinary site without calling attention to itself. One of a handful of Provincetown houses cited by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, it was designed by Charles C. “Charlie” Zehnder (1929-1985) of Wellfleet, the most prolific modernist on Cape Cod, and Alan P. Dodge. And it is the summer home of Dr. Richard Wurtman, professor of neuropharmacology and director of the Wurtman Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has been researching ways to improve memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s through a nutrient “cocktail.” His wife, Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet and a contributor to The Huffington Post. (Pru Sowers, “Provincetown ‘Washashore’ Develops Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Treatment,” The Banner/Wicked Local, 15 July 2012.)

11 Creek Round Hill Road, Provincetown (±1985), by Mary Ahern.The 2,500-square-foot house was built in 1985 to designs by Zehnder and Dodge. As an architecture student at the University of Virginia, Zehnder won a design competition that was judged by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, the first prize of which was dinner with the master himself, according to a 2009 profile by Mary Ann Bragg in The Cape Cod Times. As 11 Creek Round Hill Road makes plain, Wright was among Zehnder’s influences. Having earned his degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, Zehnder moved to Wellfleet in the 1950s and went on to design about 45 houses on the lower Cape. For a time, he was a business partner with Dodge, another RISD alumnus, whose 5,000-square-foot home for a retired banker in Wellfleet was featured in The New York Times in 2009.

Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-08


 

11 Creek Round Hill Road, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

11 Creek Round Hill Road, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

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