The Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts

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The Walter Gropius House

The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Photo © Jackie Craven

Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius, the renowned architect who founded the German movement known as Bauhaus, came to Massachusetts in 1937. The modest home he built the next year in Lincoln, Massachusetts near Boston combined New England details with Bauhaus ideas. Click on the pictures below for larger photos and a small tour of the property. Visit the Historic New England website to make plans to tour the property in person.

When Walter Gropius, founder of the German movement known as Bauhaus, came to the United States he built a modest home that combined Bauhaus ideas with New England details. He used traditional New England materials like wood, brick, and fieldstone. He also used industrial materials like chrome and glass.

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Glass Blocks at the Gropius House

Glass blocks at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Glass blocks at the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Photo © Jackie Craven

A glass block wall lines the entry way to the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. This same glass block is used inside, as a wall between living and dining space.

Glass block is functional, industrial, and translucent. Why do our homes not use more of it?

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Entrance to the Gropius House

Entrance to the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Entrance to the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Photo © Jackie Craven

A long, open breezeway leads to the main entrance of the Gropius House. The flagstones are a traditional New England detail.

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Spiral Stairway at the Gropius House

Spiral Stairway at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Spiral Stairway at the Gropius House. Photo © Jackie Craven

An exterior spiral stairway leads to the upstairs bedroom that belonged to Walter Gropius's daughter.

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Steel Pillars at the Walter Gropius House

Steel Pillars at the Walter Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Gropius used industrial materials such as metal-framed windows and steel pillars. Photo © Jackie Craven

Walter Gropius constructed his home with economical, factory-made materials. Simple, economical steel pillars support the roof over an open terrace.

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Landscape Design at the Gropius House

Landscape Design at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Trees nestle close to the Gropius House. Photo © Jackie Craven

The Walter Gropius House was designed to blend with the surrounding landscape. Gropius's wife Ise did much of planting, weeding, and landscape design.

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Second Story Terrace at the Gropius House

Second Story Terrace at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Second Story Terrace at the Gropius House. Photo © Jackie Craven

Walter Gropius took great care in designing the grounds surrounding his Massachusetts home. He transplanted mature trees around the house. An open terrace on the second story offers views of orchards and fields.

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Screen Porch at the Gropius House

Screen Porch at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius A screen porch extends the living space into the outdoors. Photo © Jackie Craven

The Walter Gropius House sits on a slope overlooking an apple orchard and fields. A screened porch extends the living spaces outdoors.

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Pergola Roof at the Gropius House

Pergola at the Gropius House
Photos of the Bauhaus Home of Architect Walter Gropius Pergola at the Gropius House. Photo © Jackie Craven

At the Gropius House, a pergola-style roof over the second floor deck offers open views of the sky.