Gropius House 🙌 no. 2
1938 Family home of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, whose land and design / build funding was provided by Helen Storrow after Gropius fled the Nazis and accepted a teaching position at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, before he had funds of his own. Big YESSSS to progressive female philanthropists: Helen was an early activist in dismantling stereotypes portraying immigrants and women as inherently inferior. Her work included the introduction and creation of playgrounds to counter the rising number of childhood injuries and deaths caused by congregation in streets, the safe space for childhood play additionally serving to redirect potential for involvement in gangs and criminal activities; early childhood education and nurseries for working mothers as an approach to mounting social inequity; aaand she was an early and avid supporter of the @girlscouts , becoming a leader and the Chair of the World Committee of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, providing what became the First National Girl Scout Leaders’ Training School. Sensible, compassionate, and invested in the future of her community and those in it, Helen provided space and place for many, including the famed Bauhaus leader.
The Gropius House is well known as a near-perfect execution of Bauhaus philosophies preaching the good health of efficiency and simplicity in living spaces and life while also engaging the “regional spirit” of Lincoln, Massachusetts’s New England heritage. Small textural elements and consistency of palette, indoor/outdoor spaces, and the interaction of natural light for both ambiance and energy consumption are so well articulated. Among many, many treasures, I enjoyed most the small gift from Frida and Diego on Gropius’s desk (!!!), the outdoor shower, and the private roof-deck with separate spiral staircase entrance built so the Gropius’s then 12 year old daughter Ati could have autonomy and sleep under the stars. 🙌@historicnewengland 🙌 Смотреть полностью