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Gropius House

68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781 259 8098
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Lincoln
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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... more » 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. « less
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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128 reviews 128 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 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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Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 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
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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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Connecticut
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84 reviews 84 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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53 helpful votes 53 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Exit 14 off of the Massachusetts Turnpike, West of 128 (I95) and East of 495, the Gropius House is well worth the detour for those heading North or South through Massachusetts. What a treat! Blissfully, we were shown around by a wonderful art history professor. He shared a variety of information that allowed all to connect with and enjoy the... More

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Lima Peru
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48 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I visited the Gropius house with a group of friends. We had lovely weather and so, taking photos was just wonderful. The house combines the traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials rarely used in domestic settings at that time, including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. The house, the... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

If you are staying in this area, visiting the Gropius House is a must, it is a masterpiece and still amazing and modern, even almost after a century.

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