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Property Name Hatch, Ruth and Robert Jr. House
Reference Number 14000018
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Town Wellfleet
Street Address 309 Bound Brook Way
Multiple Property Submission Name Mid-Twentieth-Century Modern Residential Architecture on Outer Cape Cod 1 929 - 1 979
Status Listed 2/25/2014
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The Ruth and Robert Hatch Jr. House is eligible for individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C at the local level for its associations with the development of recreational residences, cultivation of a progressive social network, and dissemination of Modem style architecture on Outer Cape Cod during the mid-twentieth century. The building possesses significance under Criterion A in the areas of Recreation and Social History for its associations with the postwar intellectual community that commissioned the construction of single-family, Modem style vacation houses in the underdeveloped peripheries of the Outer Cape towns. Under Criterion C, the building possesses significance in the area of Architecture as an innovative example of a Modem style residence expressed by local designer/builders Jack Hall and Jean Kaeselau, who were influential in the propagation of regional Modernism and vacation home development on the Outer Cape. The pair created a unique modular structural system suitable to the scenic landscape that could be replicated on a larger scale and adapted to other environments or functional requirements. The Hatch House is the only known example of their collaboration and is one of only three extant houses designed by Hall.


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