Gropius House Tour

It has been a super busy spring and summer in our little world of real estate. Almost everything we have listed sold very quickly and handling the subsequent details for closings, as well as a badly needed vacation, kept us from posting a lot of extra fun stuff.

But here are two such fun items. First, our friends at Historic New England got in touch with us to let us know about the very special Modernism Immersion Weekend coming up September 28-30, with tours of houses and neighborhoods all over Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

Speakers include:

  • Keith Morgan, director of architectural studies, Boston University 
  • Kristina Wilson, assistant professor of art history, Clark University
  • Peter McMahon, architect and executive director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust
  • Anne Grady, architectural historian
  • Peter Gittleman, team leader for visitor experience, Historic New England

The program fee includes all lectures, admissions, guided tours, transportation, daily breakfast and lunch, scheduled evening receptions, Saturday night dinner, and one night’s accommodations on Cape Cod.

Weekend includes:

  • “The Cradle of Modern Architecture in This Country: Rewalking New England’s Freedom Trail,” keynote lecture by Keith Morgan, director of architectural studies, Boston University
  • “The Modernist Interior: Efficiency, Morality, and Comfort,” lecture by Kristina Wilson, assistant professor of art history, Clark University
  • Tour of Gropius House (1938)
  • Woods End Road Historic District walking tour
  • Tour of a G. Holmes Perkins-designed private home
  • Cocktail reception at Henry Hoover House (1937)
  • Tour of Earl R. Flansburgh House (1963)
  • “Outer Cape: Modern Culture and Built Form,” lecture by Peter McMahon, architect and executive director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust
  • Tour of Modern houses on Outer Cape, including Kugel/Gips House (1970), designed by Charles Zehnder
  • Tour of the Peacock Farm, pending National Register District, developed by Compton and Pierce in 1952, and the Walter S. Pierce-designed Peacock Farm home (1957)
  • Tour of the Six Moon Hill neighborhood, developed by partners in The Architect’s Collaborative in 1948

 

 

Another fun thing we did this summer was a personal tour of a few actual model structures from Bluhomes, a company based here in Waltham who we have linked to in our Resources section. They have a new program we are partnering on for those of our clients looking for modern factory-constructed modular homes to build from scratch on a plot of land, or add to an exiting structure. The above photo is of their Breezehouse, one of their high-end models.

Bluhomes continues a great heritage of modern modular home building in the Boston area, a history that includes Techbuilt, Acorn, and Deckhouse. Keep an eye out on Bluhomes web site for special events they have occasionally, from house tours to design seminars.