Peacock Farm Historic District
4 Compton Circle
|NRHP Reference #||12000949|
|Added to NRHP||November 21, 2012|
Peacock Farm is a residential neighborhood located in Lexington, Massachusetts. This historic neighborhood was designed by architect Walter Pierce and built between 1952 and 1958 with the goal making modernist homes accessible to those with limited budgets. The 45-acre subdivision had formerly been a wetland where peacocks were raised and took its name from the previous identity of the site.
Pierce said most traditional architects found the land undesirable for development: "Much of the land gradient was steep, and much of the site was underlaid with ledge. To our eyes, these were assets that could be worked with. The land formed a natural bowl, shielded from the north by the hill and sloping down to the south and southeast, nice attributes in this northern latitude."
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Survey from Lexington Historical Society
- Yardley, William. "Walter Pierce, Modernist Architect, Dies at 93." The New York Times. March 17, 2013, A24.
- Yardley, William, A24
- Historic Survey of Peacock Farm at lexingtonma.gov
- Boston Globe article on Modernist Neighborhoods in Massachusetts
- ModernMass.com – A brief history of modernist neighborhoods and houses in Lexington and Boston's western suburbs
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