Famed local architect, Charlie Zehnder, designed this home before his untimely death in 1985. Zehnder, a follower of Frank Loyd Wright, studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and after serving in the Marine Corps, moved to the Cape and started his practice in Wellfleet.
We've sold a number of Zehnder homes here at 3Harbors and we have all marveled at the variety of styles he used. Two things are constant though: an ingenious use of building materials and the ability to design homes that don't overwhelm their site. You can read more about Charlie Zehnder here: http://www.ccmht.org/zehndergips.html.
This home in Provincetown exemplifies the Zehnder style. The unimposing front doorway is found at the top of a wooden decked platform. The entrance draws you in and you immediately are welcomed by a fantastic view of the Provincetown moorlands. The house is elegant and the use of fir boards on the walls of the living room and dining room is exquisite for both its simplicity and warmth. Of particular note are two smaller rooms to either side of this level: a corner office to the left which provides surprising seclusion and the screened porch to the right which has a stairway to a platform allowing for tremendous views.
Downstairs hosts the master bedroom suite and two guest rooms, all with nice views and lots of light. Interesting woodwork is found throughout the house, particularly the ingeniously constructed stair bannister.
The home has been maintained meticulously and everything is in tip top shape. The newly renovated kitchen is a beach house dream and there's a brand new half bath that's near the entry. This house doesn't boastfully advertise itself, it whispers it.