Some of Cape Cod's Most Iconic Modernist Homes and Historic Buildings

A versatile selection of structures...

Cape Cod might be known for many things, and tourists have been targeting this destination for their travels for quite some time. The beautiful scenery, the wide range of activities available, nigh life and friendly locals have been the main characteristics of this region. However, what’s lesser know about Cape Cod but never fails to impress people visiting the area for the first time is the unique architecture present there. Cape Cod has a versatile selection of buildings and houses that draws passer-by’s interest from first glance. Among the numerous historical constructions scattered around the city, you will be able to spot during your stay, there are a few that have become most popular, and once you look them up, you’ll easily understand why. Here’s a selection of buildings you’ll need to check out:


The Cape Playhouse

You couldn’t talk about Cape Cod’ most beautiful and memorable buildings without starting your must-see list with the Cape Playhouse. This has become one of the main architectural attractions of the region, offering an authentic insight into the city’s cultural history. The concept was brought by Raymond Moore, who wished to put together a summer theater in an appealing location. He transformed the meetinghouse found on that piece of land into the beautiful summer theater it is today. This construction dates back to somewhere around 1927, being referred by many as the old professional summer theater.  So, once you arrive in Cape Cod, set as your priority to check The Cape Playhouse fort for yourself, it’s even more fascinating in person than it is in photographs. 

Wing Fort House

This construction has been part of the National Register of Historic Places since the year 1976, being considered one of the oldest structure in the region. While the aesthetics of the place might not draw you n from the start, once you learn a thing or two about the building, the historical richness of the creation will be far more interesting than expected. The place has had its interior restored, so once you step inside you will find numerous Wing family antiques that shows various period of the house’ long history. You’ll only have to pay a small fee to be able to visit the building, this being open to the public from June to September. You will find placed outside a beautiful door sign, so you won’t be able to miss it. The custom sign has inspired many locals to resort to and design personalized signs for their own estate properties.

Lechay House

While Cape Cod, in terms of architecture, is mostly famous for the building rich in history, somewhere in the region’s woods, hidden among the trees, you will discover an entire “community” that consists only of modernist buildings with a mesmerizing design. More than 100 homes have been constructed there a while ago by some of the mid-century most popular and talented architects, and once you enter the wood, it’s like you are discovering a new bohemian city, hidden from the rest of the community. Among the buildings encountered there, one house that you should take a closer look at in particular is the Lechay House. The building was constructed for the artist Lechay, just as the name of the house suggests, by the self-taught architect Hayden Walling. While its exterior might not be the most impressing one at first glance, following a grey box aesthetical look, it’s interior allows you to go back to the period the artist lived there and get that authentic homey feel. The now rustic vibe was however a modern approach for the period in which the house has been constructed, and you can spot that thanks to the wide window frames used, meant to combine nature with that traditional human living environment.

Falmouth Pumping Station

Water issues have always been something the Cape has dealt with, so naturally among the most iconic attraction in the region remains the Falmouth Pumping Station. This construction is also part of the National Register of Historic Place, but its architectural style is far more compelling than the Wing Fort House’s exterior. Dating back to 1898, it’s a three-section masonry construction, which was initially sued to a pump, a steam engine and a boiler room. Ernest Boyden was the person who designed the structure, an architect who has become known for his waterworks architectural creations. While the building was later enlarged by other architects, the section created by Boyden benefits form the most elaborate style, starting with the arched, double door entrance and up to the hip roof.

Edward Gorey’s house

Cape Cod is known for being a getaway location for many famous artists, one of them being Edward Gorey, who was lured into the heart of this city and built a house that has now become a museum for art enthusiasts who wish to get a glimpse of Gorey’s life. Found in the same area as Lechay’s home, this building maintains the same modernist style. The artist spent 40 summers in Cape, and here’s where he created some of his most beautiful landscape. His home has a futurist architectural approach, but encompasses some of the artist’ macabre style, as most of his illustrations. If you visit the premises, you will get to experience for yourself the artistic vibe it resonates.  

Cape Cod doesn’t fail to impress when it comes to architectural styles, and the building founds in the region are a clear proof of that. From the hidden modernist home found in certain areas to the iconic buildings that gather tourists from all over the world. While Cape Cod might be a popular destination among tourists for the beautiful scenery and beaches, as well as exciting activities one can engage in there, the architectural surprises you will encounter there will also fascinate you. If interesting constructions have always been a topic of your interest for you, you will not be disappointed in what you will discover during your Cape Cod visit. Make sure you find the time to check out each one of the construction mentioned above. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on