Gropius House

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Gropius House

This house was designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school, for himself and his family in 1937. It's in Lincoln, MA, convenient to Gropius' new position at Harvard. The design was very influential, one of the first American houses in the "International Style". (Gropius hated this term. Indeed he claimed to have incorporated many aspects of traditional New England architecture, that he could not have built this house elsewhere.)

The overall design is very elegant, achieving wonderful effects and a lot of useful space in what is basically a small and inexpensively-built house. Gropius was driven to industrial catalogs to find the clean and modern furnishings he wanted, which later became much more standard.

The house has been restored to the period of Gropius' death in 1969. The interior is very complete, including quite a bit of furniture and artwork from his Bauhaus days, including works by Peter Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

The spiral staircase leading up to the terrace, built as a "private" entrance for Gropius' daughter Ati.
Simple and elegant effects: the terrace end-wall in "Gropius Pink", with bare roof joists overhead.
The view off the terrace over the screen porch and the rear garden.
Rear corner of the house, with the low stone wall that divides the more formal house plot from the more natural surroundings.

These pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 10D digital camera. Images were cropped, balanced, etc. with Adobe Photoshop Elements.