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Address: 68 Baker Bridge Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773-3105
Phone Number: 17812598098
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This minimalist masterpiece was built by the founder of the Bauhaus...

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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Very interesting house

While not typical of a historic house tour, this was a very interesting tour and our tour guide was fantastic. Interesting house, albeit small, and very interesting if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2016
djjr
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Southern New England
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Southern New England
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

While not typical of a historic house tour, this was a very interesting tour and our tour guide was fantastic. Interesting house, albeit small, and very interesting if you are into the Bauhaus school. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area of Walden woods.

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tolive
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

My husband and I truly enjoyed the guided tour of this amazing historical house. It talented builder and owner utilized similar methods seen in Chinese Feng Shui study to create a practical, modern and aesthetically pleasing architecture. Can't believe it was build in the 1930s!

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Interesting house. Interesting tour, Beautiful setting. Well worth the trip to Lincoln and an hour or so on the scene. Highly recommend it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

As director of Bauhaus, Walter Gropius's focus was on utility, order, architectural integrity and the decorative arts. You won't believe this house was designed shortly before WWII and its principals of sensible living resonate today. Works of art from other famous artists as well as the integration of nature with human construction are two key issues which stand out. Our... More 

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TampaFL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

One of the main reasons I came back to Boston this year. I had heard about this historic house from a docent. It is exactly as the architect's wife left it. I like modern simple, midcentury energy efficiency but visited with friends who prefer traditional decor. We all enjoyed this tour. Each tour is limited to 10 people and start... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Just about a thirty minute drive from the Harvard area, this home built in 1936 by a founder of the Bauhaus movement in Germany is maintained beautifully with much of the interior as it appeared during Walter Gropious' lifetime and with mostly original furnishings. If you go in winter months, the home is mostly open only on weekends with tours... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the guided tour very much. The house and the history behind it was interesting. Learned more about Walter Gropius and his life. The grounds around the estate were beautiful and it was interesting to see other houses of the same design dotted about.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

This house was built in 1938. It took in account ways to save energy at that time. Very nice visit inside with strict phone rules. Small groups preferable. The land is open to public and encouraged for picnics or outside visits for free. Here are a couple of shots on the 2nd floor terrace. Real grapes grow there!

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Falmouth, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This house built in the 1930's by Mr. Gropius, founder of the Bashaus architectural movement in Germany until Hitler forced him to leave that country. He settled in Lincoln, MA and built this very interesting house where he lived for 30+ years. The house is regularly studied and visited by students of architecture and the general public. check website for... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I totally enjoyed this house because I love most architecture. This house is located in the Boston suburbs and totally worth the effort to find. The Gropius house is rather strange and quirky but if you are interested at all in the Bauhaus movement and its affect on architecture, then this is the house to visit. Excellent docent and gift... More 

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