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INVENTORY FORM B CONTINUATION SHEET LEXINGTON 3 Dover Lane <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD,BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> _x_Recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION: <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of this building in terms of other buildings within the community. <br /> This house was constructed in 1950 by architect Hugh Stubbins,Jr. for Ralph and Caroline DiNunzio and is similar and located <br /> near the house Stubbins designed for his own family(6 Dover Lane). The house exhibits the influence of the International Style <br /> and was sited to blend in with the rural character of the property. It is capped by a flat roof displaying a considerable overhang. <br /> The main house block is rectangular in plan with a covered walkway leading from the front door to the carport. The structure <br /> rests on a cinder block foundation. Exterior walls are constructed of two by four studs and four by four posts which are sheathed <br /> with vertical tongue and groove boarding. Windows include casements and large fixed glass windows which are without trim. <br /> The setting of the house has been altered by the reduction of the original 3.3 acres to .76 acre. The wooded buffer which <br /> originally existed between the house and Pleasant Street has been lost due to the construction of new houses on this portion of <br /> the original lot. The house is now accessed from Dover Lane,which is lined by c.1985 houses. <br /> HISTORICAL NARRATIVE <br /> Discuss the history of the building. Explain its associations with local(or state)history. Include uses of the building, and the role(s) the <br /> owners/occupants played within the community. <br /> The land on which this house stands was sold by Marcel Breuer to Ralph and Caroline DiNunzio in 1950. Breuer had purchased <br /> the land on Pleasant Street with fellow architect Hugh Stubbins, Jr. (1912-2006)who built a house on his portion of the land for <br /> his own use(6 Dover Lane). Stubbins designed a house for the DiNunzios in 1950. The house included a two-car carport. <br /> There have been noadditions made to the house and it is still owned by the original owner. In 1985 the DiNunzios sold part of <br /> the original parcel of land to Boyd-Smith Development corporation which laid out a street on the land,now named Dover Lane. <br /> Hugh Stubbins graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1931 and was awarded the MArch by the Harvard <br /> Graduate School of Design in 1935. In the late 1930s he worked briefly with Royal Barry Wills. At the invitation of Walter <br /> Gropius, Stubbins taught for more than a decade during the 1940's and 1950's at the GSD; in 1954 he left teaching to devote <br /> himself to his architectural firm,which was to become a highly successful international practice. Stubbins is perhaps best-known <br /> as the architect of large-scale structures which have become recognizable landmarks in urban skylines: the Berlin Kongresshalle, <br /> Manhattan's Citicorp Building and Boston's Federal Reserve Bank. Stubbins is also widely recognized for his education-related <br /> designs,which range from a number of suburban schools to Harvard's Countway Library,Pusey Library and Loeb Drama <br /> Center(Harvard University, Stubbins Collection). <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> DiNunzio, Caroline(current owner), information. September 2007. <br /> Hugh Stubbins Archive: The Early Years Collection, Special Collections Department,Frances Loeb Library,Harvard Design <br /> School,Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. <br /> Collection has project and construction drawings for this house(A133)/Date(s): 1949/Quantity: 10 items in set <br /> Content: Architectural drawings: 1. Foundation Plan--2. Floor Plan-- 3. Elevations--4. Roof. Framing Plan— <br /> 5. Framing Elevations -- 6. Structural Sections--7. Sections and Full Size Patterns-- 8. Exterior Details-- 9. Interior <br /> Elevations -- 10. Details. <br /> Folder: B 133.01 Photostats and Other Small Scale Drawings : Dinunzio House/Date(s): 1949/Quantity: 1 item/ <br /> Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 16-1/2" /Medium: stat/Support: paper <br /> Note: Stat with exterior axonometric drawing of Dinunzio House,Lexington,Massachusetts, 1949. <br /> Ludman,Dianne M.,Hugh Stubbins and his Associates: The First Fifty Years, 1986. <br /> Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. <br /> Continuation sheet 1 <br />