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Monday, August 28, 2006

Gropius House lit up


Fans of architecture and landscape can see one of the great 20th-century houses shine at night this week.

The Walter Gropius House (1938) in Lincoln lights up Friday for an end-of-summer evening to show off the artful interior lighting effects designed by Gropius (1883-1969), founder of the Bauhaus art and architecture school in Germany, who emigrated in 1937 to teach at Harvard.

The program, hosted by Historic New England, includes a slide show with an in-depth biography of Gropius and an introduction to the Bauhaus school, a house tour, and dessert and coffee on the back porch.

Illuminating evening tours will continue on the first and third Fridays of the month through November and resume in April. A limit of 10 people makes for an intimate evening -- and mandatory advance reservations, even if it's the day of the tour.

-- Jane Roy Brown

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