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Gropius House

Address: 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone Number: 781 259 8098
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Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Lincoln
Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This minimalist masterpiece was built by the founder of the Bauhaus movement. Walter Gropius...
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Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Glad I made the effort to find this hidden gem of a house built in 1938 and still relevant for today. As as architect it was a treat and even for my host, a local and not into modern architecture, it was an unexpected surprise. Great insight by the guide in our 1 hour tour and incredible to see the... More 

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MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited this house over the recent holiday weekend. There is parking by the ticket office/gift shop (in the former garage) and also up by the house. The house tour was wonderful, led by a very knowledgeable gentleman (Robert?) who was a great guide, very patient and responsive to all questions. The house is complete with family possessions that remain... More 

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Lexington, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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
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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
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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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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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Massachusetts
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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
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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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Connecticut
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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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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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