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Tuesday, May 14 • 7:30am - 6:00pm
Historic New England Architectural Gems TICKETED

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Join us for a day of exploring two Architectural Gems of Historic New England’s collection; the Water Gropius House and the Eustis Estate. Our first stop is the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass., the 1938 residence of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Gropius House combined traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. It features a significant collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and fabricated in Bauhaus workshops. With the family’s possessions still in place, Gropius House has a sense of immediacy and intimacy. In true Bauhaus style, the house and its landscape exemplify maximum efficiency and simplicity. 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, so it is a fitting time to visit. Historic New England recently completed a conservation master plan for the building and grounds supported by the Getty Foundation through the Keeping It Modern program. In addition to a special tour of the site, attendees will hear about the ongoing conservation issues and projects.  

The tour will then head to the eighty-acre Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., featuring a beautiful 1878 house designed by William Ralph Emerson. The property has only been open to the public for a year but has drawn a lot of positive reaction to both its interpretation and the restoration itself.  You will be able to hear about topics such as the paint analysis and the conservation or restoration of the original finishes that followed, object conservation projects at the site, and challenges with hosting exhibitions within a historic house museum environment. Weather permitting, we will have a picnic lunch on the grounds prior to our tour of Eustis.