Real Estate in the Boston Area : Modernism Specialists
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Ralph Rapson

Ralph Rapson

  With our new listing at 4 Turning Mill Road coming on the market this week, I was reminded of the Ralph Rapson-designed home around the corner at 34 Robinson Road. It was last sold in 2007 for $727,605. At that time, my visits there showed that it needed a lot of work, but what...
Sold: Historic Techbuilt in Lexington

Sold: Historic Techbuilt in Lexington

Click below post for all photos. 4 Turning Mill Road, Lexington: $449,000 The first model home for the Lexington-based Techbuilt Corp. in the Middle Ridge neighborhood, this 1956 Techbuilt home has lived up to its original forward-looking vision. The house was one of a dozen featured on the Lexington Historical Society’s Modernism Tour. Designed by revered...
Sold: Historic Techbuilt in Lexington

Sold: Historic Techbuilt in Lexington

Photos by Lara Kimmerer (interior) and John Tse (exterior). Click any photo to enlarge: 4 Turning Mill Road, Lexington: $449,000 (Sold) The first model home for the Lexington-based Techbuilt Corp. in the Middle Ridge neighborhood, this 1956 Techbuilt home has lived up to its original forward-looking vision. The house was one of a dozen featured...

Oral History from Carl Koch and Residents of Conantum

Thanks to a friend who pointed me to this information. Here is an oral history from the residents of Conantum, a neighborhood of Techbuilts designed by Carl Koch. And here is an in-depth 1992 interview with Carl Koch. All of these interviews were conducted by Renee Garrelick. From the site: The Renee Garrelick Oral History...
Weston Modern Neighborhoods

Weston Modern Neighborhoods

  Weston — known for its New England vernacular architecture and newer palatial interpretations of Shingle Style, Georgian, and other traditional themes — also has a less-familiar history of modernism. Beginning in the 1950s, Carl Koch and his Techbuilt company undertook a development on Spruce Hill Road in the King’s Grant neighborhood. The project was...

A Sign From Yesteryear to Begin the New Year

Interesting article in the local Patch for Lexington (quoting John Tse) about a recent discovery of an old sign for sales of Carl Koch’s Techbuilt houses in Middle Ridge/Turning Mill, as described in a recent post of mine.
Lincoln Deck House Listing

Lincoln Deck House Listing

We are very happy to be back listing another modern house in Lincoln, if for no other reason than to have all our friends from Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln (FoMA) come and visit us. Just up the road from Valley Pond, 2 Old Conant Road is a 1973 Deck House beautifully sited on a wooded...
19 Demar Rd. in Lexington -- Techbuilt Classic

19 Demar Rd. in Lexington — Techbuilt Classic

SOLD: Designed by Carl Koch, the “Grandfather of Prefab” (Progressive Architecture, 1994), this Techbuilt classic, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath 2615 s.f. home is a fine example of the pioneering modernism that Koch applied to mid-century homebuilding as returning GIs and a surge in Boston-area technology firms created more demand for housing young families. Bill Janovitz...

Snake Hill + "Hipsters in the Woods" — A great piece by David Fixler

I just stumbled across this piece by David Fixler, President of the New Englad chapter of DOCOMOMO. Years ago, I read a similar piece by Mr. Fixler in Architecture Boston. Massachusetts is home to the first (and only prewar) Modern house neighborhoods in this country, of which the earliest and one of the most significant...
Our New Peacock Farm Listing

Our New Peacock Farm Listing

We are pleased to present this new listing, coming on the market via MLS on February 24. Contact Bill at 781-856-0992 or bjanovitz@hammondre.com to arrange a showing. Price $748,988. It is an expanded and updated five-bedroom Peacock Farm house. The original Walter Pierce design of this now-modern-classic style has been expanded in the front, on...