Gropius House Tour

Gropius House Tour 

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Join the BMC Club of Boston for a fascinating look at Gropius House on Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  We will be joined by former architectural columnist Yvonne V. Chabrier, BMC ’65, on a guided tour which will last about an hour.  After the 1 hour tour, we will head to the nearby Whistle Stop Cafe.  We can eat at outdoor tables at the Cafe or head over to nearby DeCordova Museum and eat outside in the sculpture garden. (Additional $7 fee to enter the sculpture garden and museum is not included in event price).  During lunch we can discuss the house and Walter Gropius with Yvonne and with History of Architecture professor Itohan Osayimwese BMC ’97.

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.  He designed Gropius House as his family home when he came to Massachusetts to teach architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Simple in design, the house was revolutionary in impact.  The house contains a significant collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and fabricated in the Bauhaus workshops.

A few things to know about Gropius House:  it is not handicapped accessible and in fact, the house features a narrow, circular staircase which makes it a challenge for those with any walking difficulty to climb to the second floor.  There is no restroom, only a porta-potty.  If you are considering bringing a child of any age, please contact Margaret Hoag (see below) for certain restrictions.

The house is located at 68 Baker Bridge Road in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  For more information and directions go to http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/Gropius%20House

**The tour fees are NOT refundable.

Registration/Fees– **please read carefully**

1) To reserve your place on the tour you must email Margaret Hoag at margaret.hoag@gmail.com or 978-369-5970 by September 30, 2015.

2) Those who pay their 2015-2016 annual Club dues at $20, or Lifetime Membership at $250, by September 30th may join the tour for free.  Pay your dues at bmcboston.blogs.brynmawr.edu (click on “Membership”) or by mailing a check to Jane Lifton, 27 Concord Greene #4, Concord, MA  01742.  Current life members are free.

3) Non-members and guests must email Margaret to register and also mail a check for $12.00 payable to the Bryn Mawr Club of Boston to Jane Lifton at the above-address which must be received by September 30th.  We can not accept cash the day of the tour.

4) Note: alumnae who have graduated since 2013 may join the club for free but you must become a member by visiting the Club website (see above) and clicking on the link for “Pay your dues” and selecting “Alumnae up to 3 years out.”

Visit the birthplace of two U.S. Presidents!

Bring the kids and/or a love of U.S. history and gardens.  Join us at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA on Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 A.M.

Our ranger-led tour leaves the park visitor center at 11:15 AM.  The tour, which  takes about 2 ½ hours (including travel time) showcases the John Adams Birthplace, the John Quincy Adams Birthplace the Old House at Peace field and the Stone Library.  Later, you may wander at your leisure to see the carriage house, the chapel and the cemetery.  The 12 acres of grounds include a formal garden and an orchard.

We’ll meet at the park Visitor Center at about 10:30 in the morning, buying individual tickets.  If you wish, view the 26-minute, continuously running film that introduces the family and their contributions to the history and development of the United States.

Event:              Tour of the Adams’ Historical Park, Sunday, October 19th, 10:30 gather / 11:15 tour.

Cost:                $5 per adult; under 16 free.

Address:          1250 Hancock Street in the President’s Place Galleria, Quincy, MA

Parking:           Validated parking free at the President’s Place Parking garage (entrance on Saville Avenue. Use the middle gate entrance on right. Proceed to level 4 or 5 for unreserved parking.

RSVP:              to Martha Levinson (mml9000@yahoo.com978-270-3233).  Questions welcome.  If you can, please let us know by Friday, October 17th. However, if you wake up on that Sunday and feel like joining us, please do.