The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Design for a Modern World

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Date/Time
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Presented by Mary C. Woodward, Lead Guide, The Gropius House, Lincoln, MA. For nearly 100 years, the word BAUHAUS has been synonymous with modern architecture and design. The Bauhaus is famous for its use of industrial materials and clean lines in the creation of everything from tea cups to apartment buildings. The man most associated with the Bauhaus is its creator and first director, German architect Walter Gropius. In this illustrated talk, we will explore Gropius’ life from his earliest building project in Germany (with a New England connection!) through to the end of his life, where he lived for 30 years comfortably and stylishly in a home of his own unique design in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The Bauhaus was an interactive, collaborative school of art and architecture founded in Germany in 1919. For nearly ten years, Gropius oversaw the development and evolution of the Bauhaus. Their basic tenets of simplicity, efficiency and lack of ornament became the foundation of all things “modern” in the 20th century.

Gropius continued to expand the Bauhaus design principles as he moved from Germany to England and finally to live and work in Massachusetts. His home in Lincoln, completed in 1938, is a world-recognized gem, a brilliant expression of his stated mission: “to bring New England architecture into the 20th century.” During this talk, we will see many images of that home, now open to the public as part of Historic New England’s collection of properties.

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