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Gropius House

68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781 259 8098
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Lincoln
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.

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Lexington, MA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The Gropius House is a very unusual place. You should definitely visit it if you have any interest in the Bauhaus style of architecture, or if you just want to see an example of something not at all common in this area. I can't say that the Bauhaus style fits my taste. I especially find that the color scheme, in... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I took a tour of the house last weekend; a terrific use of time! Beautiful home, amazing design. The tour guide was great. If you're interested in Bauhaus, definitely worth a trip. Walden Pond is also very close by to combine with your visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Gropius House is, in and of itself, a really nice spot to be. Located on farmland in Lincoln, with an orchard in front, and big, beautiful trees out back, it is a bit of an oasis. One of the major innovators in modern design created and lived in the house. For New England, the architecture certainly stands out. But... More

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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159 reviews 159 reviews
72 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lately we've seen so many museums and old historical places that the Gropius House was truly a breath of fresh air! Maybe because I was an art history major and an architectural writer for national magazines back in the day- but I found that I was just soaking in all the details of how and why the house was designed... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

A must for architecture buffs. Tour guides are terrific, as is usually the case at all Historic New England properties. FYI, on this last visit the only bathroom facility was a port-a-potty, and the house is not wheelchair accessible as far as I could see. On holiday weekends, be sure to get there at least 15 minutes before your desired... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

From the outside this house does not look like much. It is set nicely on a hill in Lincoln and there is a iron staircase on the outside but not until you get inside do you get to see the awesomeness that is bauhaus. The details are amazing. They have not changed the furnishings since he died so it is... More

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84 reviews 84 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

My daughter and I visited for one of her university assignments. I was apprehensive, wondering if I'd find it worth my time and money but, wow! It's a small house but you walk through each room and find imaginative, genius-really, ideas. This architect, who founded the Bauhaus movement, thought of everything! The tour guide was quite passionate and ran over... More

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Cool house out in the country by a famous German architect, Gropius. You get to visit almost every room of this small yet architecturally interesting home. He lead the way to modern ideas mostly in factories and then applied them to his home. Worth your time.

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White Plains, New York
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35 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

It's always fun to see where and how a famous person lived. People flock to the homes of movie stars, Presidents, sports and music greats. But even more intriguing and revealing is the private home of an architect. We know what he designed for others, but what does an architect design and build for himself? The architect in question is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

When one of the pioneers of modern architecture builds a house for himself, you know it will be worth visiting. Walter Gropius built this house in 1938 but it is just as modern and contemporary today. The Gropius family were the only occupants and the house is still as it was when they lived in it, with many of their... More

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