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“Modernism in Massachusetts”
Review of Gropius House

Gropius House
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Lincoln
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Owner description: This minimalist masterpiece was built by the founder of the Bauhaus movement. Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Modest in scale, the 1938 Gropius home was revolutionary in impact. It combined the traditional elements of New England architecture -- wood, brick, and fieldstone -- with innovative materials rarely used in domestic settings at that time -- glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters, along with the latest technology in fixtures.In keeping with Bauhaus philosophy, every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. The house contains an important collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer made in the Bauhaus workshops.With all the family possessions still in place, the house has an immediacy rarely found in house museums.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Perfect weather led to an exceptionally fine experience both outside and inside this laboratory for Gropius's American modernism. Few of the details (vertical siding outside, vertical clapboards inside, hardware, textiles) are evident in photographs. The website should give more explicit directions for those without a car; it's not easy to get to, and the location is more rural than you might imagine. However you get there, it's an essential visit for lovers of modernist architecture.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

We went for an evening tour that highlighted the lighting Gropius used in the house, but they also gave a general guided tour of the house. I cannot remember the name of the director of the house but she is is extremely pleasant and informative. Definitely a great architecturally historic experience.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Jill G
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We loved our visit to the house that Gropius built. He made modest spaces feel spacious with lots of light and views to the outside, and with spare furnishings. His connections between inside and out reminded me of his contemporary, Frank Lloyd Wright. But the Bauhaus simplicity and spartan materials did not. We had a stunning autumn day to walk the grounds and neighborhood of this house on the hill. Continue your tour with visits to the Six Moon Hill, Peacock Farm, and Five Fields neighborhoods in Lexington.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The Gropius House is a SPNEA house, probably the newest of its properties.

Nicely maintained property, kept to look as it did when built in 1938. Surprisingly modern, neat family touches. Great docent for the tour.

We have done dozens of these tours and this was one of he best.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

I have been driving by the exit for the Gropius House for years. This weekend at the last minute a friend and I decided to visit the Zimmerman House in Manchester NH. well it being leaf peeping season Zimmerman House was booked. So I thought we could give this a try. Gathered from website they did not take reservations so I sent an email. We headed that way stopping in Winchester for an eclair at a little french bakery (which i have never reviewed but will one of these days because it is a place in my dreams) I digress. On the way we discovered the de Cordova is on the way. Arriving early hourly tours. We were told by woman(Bobbie) in the gift store/office to wander the grounds until meet up time. As it turns out she was also the guide for our tour. She was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The tour itself was informative. The house was amazing. It is a little run down but it was built long ago. I'm a little run down and not nearly as old. If you love old architecture or if you are a fan of Mid Century Modern this little house is worth the visit. As for my email. Received a very nice helpful email reply. Again with the trip....

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank John G
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