FoMA’s mission:

The Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln was formed to promote wider knowledge and appreciation of Modern houses and their benefits, and to help in efforts to preserve them for future generations of homeowners. We are dedicated to building awareness of Lincoln's exceptional stock of early Modern houses. We see the houses as an important component of Lincoln's historical and cultural heritage. We also see them as making a significant contribution to the diversity of housing in town that contributes to Lincoln's special character.

History of FoMA/Lincoln

In spring of 2003, Lucretia Giese, Harry Hoover, Kathy McHugh, David Ries, and Dana and Joe Robbat began to talk about their mutual interest in the protection of Lincoln’s small-housing stock and Modern architecture. The group saw these areas of concern as related.

Kathy and David had been involved with housing issues in the Town. Dana had written her Harvard Master's thesis on the history of the early Modern houses of Lincoln.  Lucretia and Harry were beginning to conduct their own research into the work of their father, Modern architect Henry Hoover. As its focus shifted to Modern architecture in Lincoln, this group became the genesis of FoMA.

It became apparent that forming an organization was necessary to promote the concerns of the group, namely greater Town awareness of its Modern architecture and preservation of its exceptional Modernist heritage. The name of the organization became Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln (FoMA/Lincoln). In March 2004, FoMA was officially announced to the Town in a Lincoln Journal article written by Barbara Rhines. 

FoMA became officially incorporated in August 2005, with Dana Robbat as President, John Robinson as Treasurer, and Lucretia Giese as Secretary. Other board members included chairs of programming, public relations, membership, preservation issues, and Town liaison. That year FoMA received a grant from the Ogden Codman Trust to conduct a formal survey of Lincoln’s Modern houses from the 1930s through the 1960s. Phase One of the survey has been completed.  A Phase Two is projected.      

In the spring of 2006, FoMA initiated a membership drive with a Town-wide mailing, featuring FoMA’s original logo designed by Amy Goodwin. One hundred members joined that first year. Numbers have now increased to over 200 members.

FoMA annually offers lectures, panel discussions, house tours, and other events to raise awareness of and education about Lincoln’s exceptional collection of Modern houses.

FoMA works to:

preserve and increase awareness of Lincoln’s 20th-century Modern houses

(built between 1930 and 1970) and their collective importance to the Town’s history.

provide architectural and/or historic information and advice to individual owners and neighborhoods containing Modern houses.

collaborate with various Lincoln organizations,Town boards and citizens to support policies and initiatives to preserve important Modern homes and their established neighborhoods.

What is ‘Lincoln Modern’?

From the late 1930s through the 1960s, local and internationally-known architects built custom houses in Lincoln, often within the context of unique neighborhoods.  The 1938 Walter Gropius House, on Baker Bridge Road is Lincoln’s most famous Modern house.  Now owned by Historic New England and preserved as a house museum, the house receives over 6000 visitors each year from all over the world.  It is the most visited of Historic New England’s 35 houses.

The Henry B. Hoover House of 1937 preceded the Gropius House, and numerous other less visible Modern homes followed,  FoMA’s Modern house survey has identified almost 70 Modern houses (1930s-1960s) in Lincoln (population 5600), making it perhaps the largest concentration of modern residential architecture in Massachusetts/Greater Boston.

A Modern house focuses on careful house siting on the land,

use of mass-produced materials,

large windows for light, air and views to the outdoors,

open floor plans

and efficient and economical space for comfortable living.