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  • Inspiration: James Lechay, Wellfleet, and the view through the pines

    Inspiration: James Lechay, Wellfleet, and the view through the pines

    After a long snowy drive from Boston, this is what greeted us when we walked through the door of the late James Lechay's home in Wellfleet.  A small house, efficient & smart, designed by Hayden Walling for his painter friend. The back of the house is all windows, exposed to the southwest sun, offering an everchanging view of the trees and the sky, uninterrupted all the way to Cape Cod Bay. 

    Ready to hunker down and watch the show the storm was about to put on, we unpacked our bags for our stay. 

    A painting of Lechay's favorite subject, his wife Rose, graces the wall of the living room. 

    Self portrait, portrait.

    To the left of the home is the small studio where Lechay housed his painting studio.

    The deck off the back of the house runs right into the pines, some of them poking through the deckboards, allowing the home to become part of the landscape without altering the landscape for the home.  

    The next morning, we woke to this. 

    Testing the limits of four wheel drive, we made it down (and somehow, back up) the steep, unplowed, snowcovered road that led to the house. Although there are a few other houses on the dead end road, all are summer homes boarded up, silent until spring. 

    Driving down Long Pond Road, the storm still goes on. 

    Chili must be made. 

    The homes' collection of vintage Heath Ceramics

    Saturday morning sun and animal trails. 

    Provincetown dunes, where the sand covered the snow, like cinnamon & sugar. 

    Content with watching the light wash over the walls, we could've stayed in this place forever. 

    There are no words for what this feels like. 

    For more information about the Lechay house and the Outer Cape's preservation & restoration of modernist homes, please visit and support the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.