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INVENTORY FORM B CONTINUATION SHEET LEXINGTON 6 Dover lane <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD,BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> Recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. <br /> If checked,you must attach a completed National Register Criteria Statement form. <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 1946 by architect Hugh Stubbins,Jr. for his own use,just a short distance from the Moon Hill <br /> development which was created by The Architects Collaborative(TAC). Like the nearby Moon Hill houses,the Stubbins House <br /> exhibits the influence of the International Style and was sited to blend in with the rural character of the property. The house is <br /> capped by a flat roof displaying a considerable overhang on the long, south elevation. The main house block is rectangular in <br /> plan with a covered walkway leading from the front door to the carport. The house is surrounded by several terraces outlined by <br /> low stone walls. The structure rests on a cinder block foundation. Exterior walls are constructed of two by four studs and four <br /> by four posts which are sheathed with vertical tongue and groove boarding. Windows include casements and large fixed glass <br /> windows which are without trim. <br /> The house was designed so that the central entrance opened directly past the dining alcove with living areas placed toward the <br /> back of the site with a view to the lawn and woods. With its own separate terrace, Stubbins' studio was located on the lower <br /> level as was a workshop, dark room, and private office. Heating was by radiant panels imbedded in the concrete floor slabs. <br /> The fireplace in the living room was constructed of local stone. The house originally contained furniture designed by the <br /> architect. Shortly after its construction,the house was featured in the April 1948 issue of Architectural Review. The design was <br /> lauded for its flexible, indoor-outdoor spaces which embodied an informal living style and reflected the architect's personality. <br /> The setting of the house has been altered by the reduction of the original 3.4 acres to 32,713 square feet. The wooded buffer <br /> which originally existed between the house and Pleasant Street has been lost due to the construction of a new house on this <br /> portion of 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 /> This house was the first which architect Hugh Stubbins,Jr. (1912-2006) designed for himself,his wife and three children. It was <br /> completed in March 1947 and was published in Architectural Review in April 1948. The house was built at the base of Moon <br /> Hill,the planned community of architect-designed contemporary homes which was being constructed at about the same time by <br /> The Architects Collaboarative(TAC) [see Moon Hill area form,Area R]. It was originally known as 103 Pleasant Street. Hugh <br /> Stubbins subsequently moved to another house of his own design,this time in Cambridge, constructed in 1965. The Pleasant <br /> Street house was occupied by architect George Cunningham and his wife Martha from 1961 to 1966. Later owners included <br /> Toby Schneider(by 1972) and Gerald Cowperthwaite(1980-1991). The present owners purchased the property in 1991. <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 school's to Harvard's Countway Library, Pusey Library and Loeb Drama <br /> Center(Harvard University, Stubbins Collection). <br /> Continuation sheet 1 <br />