Brown’s Wood Additions to Lincoln Historic District

At its March 2019 town meeting, the town of Lincoln voted to accept the generous offers of two Lincoln homeowners to join the Brown’s Wood Historic District. The two new houses in the district are the 1959 Rawson House and the 1959 Wales House.

Ann and Ranulf Gras, the latter a research engineer at MIT, began organizing the Brown’s Wood neighborhood in 1953. The neighborhood expressed the idea and the ideal that a house should be part of a way of life and of a community based on shared values. The Brown’s Wood community expressed its values through a consensually-derived charter. The charter emphasized Modern design principles, prizing individual expression within that rubric. In recognition of its fifty-year anniversary in 2013, the neighborhood voted to renew its founding charter. At its March 2018 town meeting, Lincoln approved formation of the Brown’s Wood Historic District.

Both Edward and Nancy Rawson and Ruth and Langdon Wales chose highly-regarded Lincoln Modern architect Henry B. Hoover to design their homes in Brown’s Wood. Known for sensitive siting of houses and impeccable design skills, Hoover took pride in finding architectural solutions that met multiple needs in an efficient manner. The single-floor designs of the Rawson and Wales Houses epitomizes Hoover’s approach to design. The open floor plans allow for both flow between spaces and privacy, and provide a strong sense of connection to the surrounding landscape. Carefully designed ancillary buildings help blend the volumes of the houses into the natural environment. The addition of the Rawson and Wales Houses brings the total number of homes in the Brown’s Wood Historic District to 13 and the total number of Modern homes in Lincoln’s two historic districts to 37.

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Rawson House and Wales House, henry b. Hoover, 1959

20th Century Design
Auction 3325B

December 13, 2019 10:00AM

63 Park Plaza, Boston

Preview Times
December 11, 12PM – 8PM
December 12, 12PM – 7PM

This sale features furniture and decorative objects spanning the 20th century. More info here

Hans J. Wegner for AP Stolen Papa Bear Chair and footstool lot 418

Author Reading and Discussion - Blue Print (Blaupause)
Theresia Enzensberger

Thursday, November 21, 7 pm

Presented by the Goethe Institute at Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies

121 Bay State Road (1st floor), Boston Massachusetts

Admission: free and open to the public. 

More info here

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How to renovate a midcentury modern house

Megan Barber’s article in Curbed gives nine tips from an expert. Read about it here.

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Photo: Atom Stevens

Small But Perfect Things - The Style and Accessory Collection of Ise Gropius

Friday June 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gropius House
68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts


Discover the stylistic trendsetting of Mrs. Ise Gropius, also known as Mrs. Bauhaus, during this special evening talk and tour focusing on her inimitable personal and evolving style.

Historic New England Associate Curator, Laura Johnson, shows you Mrs. Gropius’s collection of unique designs using intriguing modern materials, with original examples of hats and jewelry on view.

Light refreshments provided.

$35.00 Historic New England members, $45.00 non-members

Advance tickets required. Please call 781-259-8098 or buy on-line

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Historic New England Launches Gropius House Web App

In honor of the centennial of the Bauhaus, the revolutionary German design school founded by Walter Gropius, Historic New England is excited to launch a new web application featuring never-before-shared photos, videos, audio recordings, and more. Visit the app here.

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