Recently had the utmost pleasure to visit this mid century modern home built by Walter Gropius in 1938. Mr. Gropius was the founder of the Bauhaus Design School in Germany and later became a professor of architecture at Harvard University.
Wealthy philanthropist, Helen Storrow, gifted him 4 acres of land in Lincoln, Ma and the 20K he needed to build. Lucky guy!
He traveled all around the area studying the vernacular, determined to incorporate traditional New England building elements, like clapboard, fieldstone and brick, but use them in new ways.
Bauhaus design is about simplicity and functionality, but also beauty in its geometric lines. He combined the traditional building elements with industrial pieces and created a stunning, streamlined living space that I could live with in a heartbeat!
When I arrived I discovered this was the first year they were allowing visitors to take photos. So I was very excited. The photos and slideshow will provide you with many decorating ideas if you love MCM style.
One of the first things that caught my eye upon entering the house was the way he used clapboard siding that usually covers the outside of houses running horizontally. Except he used it inside and vertically.
And artwork looks fantastic mounted on these walls. This is a Miro lithograph.
Much of the furniture are Marcel Breuer pieces.
Cork flooring and black and white plaid drapes.
There are lots of these very cool chrome covered bulbs, which help diffuse the light off to the side.
They do sell new ones there, and yes, I did buy one. But found out you can also get them here.
Fishnet curtains were used on windows.
I love this idea in the master bedroom.
Wood strips mounted that match the wall color, with artwork and a branch attached.
So simple, yet so striking.
Rear of house overlooking Japanese inspired garden.
Mrs. Gropius planted this after returning from a trip to Japan in 1957.
Since I took so many photos, I had to put the rest in a slideshow or else you’d be scrolling forever!
See lots more artwork, furniture and views of the exterior.
What do you think of this house? Would you live in it?