Six Moon Hill

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The Big Dig House

Six Moon Hill is a residential community dwelling that was designed by The Architects' Collaborative (TAC) and is located in Lexington, Massachusetts. With a focus on collaboration rather than individualism, the TAC approach was applied to all aspects of the community: design, development, construction, and operation. TAC established a nonprofit corporation and bought 20 acres (81,000 m2) on which to build, which was divided into 29 equally-priced lots of about one-half-acre each. Original house costs were between $10,000 and $22,000. [1] The first houses were designed and built in a modernistic way. The method of design was rectangular, flat-roofed, timber-sided homes, which was typical for residences designed by TAC. The houses are situated on a sloping hill lining a small road that forms a cul-de-sac.

Six Moon Hill runs as a consensus-based, collective community in which each member family pays dues and is concerned with community issues. Among the original architects (and residents) were Benjamin C. Thompson, Norman C. Fletcher, Jean B. Fletcher, John C. Harkness, Sarah P. Harkness, Robert S. McMillan, Louis A. McMillen and Richard S. Morehouse. Other notable residents included Nobel chemist Konrad Bloch, Nobel physicist Samuel C.C. Ting, Dr. Thomas C. Chalmers (past president of the Mount Sinai Medical Center), Wallace E. Howell (New York City's first official rainmaker), Robert Newman (co-founder of Bolt Beranek and Newman) and John C. Sheehan, the first chemist to synthesize penicillin.

Art historian Simon Schama lived on Moon Hill between 1981 and 1993 and described it as "a great place for kids and historians" in a 2010 interview with the Times of London.

The most recent house is dubbed the "big dig house" as it is built from remnant construction material used in the Big Dig, Boston's recent central artery and tunnel project. Owner Paul Pedini, a vice president at the Big Dig's biggest contractor, Modern Continental envisioned the house as a conglomerate of such material as concrete roadway decking and spare rebar. Designed by Boston firm, Single Speed Design, the house is noted for being environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, and won a Metropolis award for innovative design.


The name "Six Moon Hill" refers to the six antique Moon Motor Car automobiles the previous owner had stored on the property (needs cite).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Architectural Forum, 1950
  • "Sarah Pillsbury Harkness: Homemade Modernism," Progressive Architecture, July 1995, v76, p77.
  • Strutt, Rachel, "Was Six Moon Hill a Success?", The Boston Globe, October 31 2004.
  • Flint, Anthony, "He could call it his Big Digs: Contracting firm's vice president aims to turn project leftovers into main course, his Lexington home," The Boston Globe, April 25, 2004.
  • “Six Moon Hill”. Architectural Forum, June 1950, v92, no. 6, pp. 113-123.
  • Perry Neubauer, "Still Standing: Conversations with Three Founding Partners of the Architects Collaborative", 2007 (DVD)

Coordinates: 42°25′24.8″N 71°12′41.0″W / 42.423556°N 71.211389°W / 42.423556; -71.211389

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