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House by famous architect retains original touches

75 Robin Road, Weston; $1,780,000

The master suite in this mid-century modern home has floor-to-ceiling windows.John Tlumacki/Globe staff

The way the story is told in the book “Breaking Ground: Henry B. Hoover, New England Modern Architect,” the architect pondered how to design a house that took advantage of a rocky outcropping with views of Boston while preserving the formation. The solution, he and colleague Walter Lee Hill concluded, was to fashion two rectangular houses connected by a 37-foot-long hallway with floor-to-ceiling windows to seamlessly connect the structures and inhabitants with nature.

Built for the late developer and philanthropist Arthur H. Nelson and his wife, Eleanor, the house seemingly retains all of the touches Hoover envisioned nearly 60 years ago.


Though framed by an unyielding geometric shape, the wing that holds the main living areas flows like a river. A short hallway connects the entry to the living room, a nearly 24-by-17-foot space with a wood-burning fireplace in one corner and a built-in Hoover-designed couch with a 1950s sound system in another. The space, which has a cork floor, leads to a dining area with a wet bar inside a large, honey-stained wood cabinet with an elegant lighted inset.

From here, a breakfast area nestles next to a three-season sunroom with a slate floor. The kitchen, located off the breakfast room, offers plenty of counter space and lots of storage, including a pantry. The island holds two gas cooktops. An expanse of windows over the sink offers views of surrounding woods. The kitchen opens to the family room, and a powder room completes this half of the home.

A bright trek on slabs of natural stone leads to a precisely ordered wing where square bedrooms with hardwood floors are lined up off the hallway, one after another.

The master bedroom features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Its bath has a vanity with powder-blue top, matching the tiles in the snug shower, and a water closet.


All but one of the four remaining bedrooms have good closet space. They share a bath accessed via one of the bedrooms and the laundry room. The bath is split in two: There is a water closet behind one door and a shower and tub behind a second.

The home was constructed of cinder blocks resting atop a concrete-slab foundation. A builder who expanded the wing with a fifth bedroom poured a concrete basement, which is unfinished.

Heat is from radiant systems in the ceilings and floor. Air conditioning is via wall units. The home, which is being sold as is, is on a private road maintained by the Weston Roads Trust. The owner paid a $900 annual assessment to the trust last year.

The listing brokers areBill Janovitz and John Tse of William Raveis Real Estate in Lexington. As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.

Style: Mid-century modern
Year built: 1958
Square feet: 3,460
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Sewer/water: Private/public
Taxes: $19,340 (2016)
The home was designed by Henry B. Hoover and Walter Lee Hill.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The back wall of windows in a home officeJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The backyard looking at the bedroomsJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The stairs leading to the front entrance past a hill of mossJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
One of the bedrooms overlooking the backyardJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The walkway looking toward the bedroom wingJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The master bathJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The kitchenJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
A breakfast areaJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The sunroomJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The living roomJohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A wall cabinet hides a wet bar.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

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