Six Moon Hill

Six Moon Hill

Six Moon Hill was the first of Lexington's modern, communally-oriented neighborhoods created by the seven young architects who had joined with renowned Bauhaus architect and Harvard GSD dean Walter Gropius to form The Architects Collaborative (TAC) in 1945.

The neighborhood is as notable for the radical nature of the vision of community it proposed as it is for its architect-designed modern houses. It is, both architecturally and historically, one of the most significant post-World War II suburban residential enclaves in the United States. Built almost entirely between 1947 and 1953, it includes 26 unique TAC-designed residences, including all but one of the firm's founding partners' houses (Gropius House in Lincoln).

Reflecting their social principles and objectives, the architects set up a community organization, established architectural restrictions, and set aside four acres of common land. The homes all reflect the influence of the International Style and display similar features such as cantilevered flat or shed roofs, vertical redwood or cypress siding and expanses of glass with large casement or fixed light steel windows. The great majority of owners continue to observe the bylaws, including the architectural covenants. Although many of the homes have been added onto, to date, Six Moon Hill has seen no tear-downs of the original houses.

To learn more, see: http://historicsurvey.lexingtonma.gov/lexareas/area_r.htm

Source: Lexington Historical Commission: Lexington Comprehensive Cultural Resources Survey, 2010.