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~S. Giedion. Walter Gropius: Work and Teamwork. p71.
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- 1st Floor Bath
- 1st Floor Bedroom
- Dining room
- Living room
- Utility Room
- Master bedroom upstairs
- Ceramic Tile
- Grand staircase
- Wood floors
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Walter Gropius Architect"Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. He designed this house as his family home in 1937, when he came to teach at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Modest in scale, the house 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 and made for the Gropiuses in the Bauhaus workshops.
With all the family possessions still in place, the house has an immediacy rarely found in house museums. Several programs and events are held at the Gropius House throughout the year."
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