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Property Name Six Moon Hill Historic District
Reference Number 15000981
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Town Lexington
Street Address 4,8, Bird Hill Road, 1-40 Moon Hill Road, 16, 24, Swan Lane
Multiple Property Submission Name Mid-Century Modern Houses of Lexington, Massachusetts
Status Listed 1/19/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning and Development, Landscape Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/pds/15000981.pdf
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Six Moon Hill, a cohesive grouping of 29 architect-designed houses built between 1947 and 1953, has architectural significance under Criterion C because the houses embody the distinctive characteristics of the Mid-Century Modem type: rectilinear forms, low-pitched or flat roofs, a generally horizontal massing, large expanses of glass, naturalistic siting, open interior plans, and avoidance of purely ornamental detail; as a planned community of modest, well-designed houses, the development illustrates the idealistic community-focused social ethos that was an important part of one stream of the Modernist movement; and the designers of the development achieved national, even international, recognition over the course of their careers. Designed by The Architects Collaborative (TAC), a group of young architects and their mentor, Walter Gropius, along with non-T AC associates Leonard J. and Virginia Currie and William E. and Alice Raible, Six Moon Hill received wide attention both in the United States and abroad. The architectural principles evident at Six Moon Hill were continued in the architects' later work, and for the architects themselves, as well as later scholars, Six Moon Hill continued to represent a major work within their overall careers.

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