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Mid-Century Marvel

February/March 2013

When you’re not collaborating on the Met Life building in Manhattan, what do you dream up in Maine?

by Brad Emerson

In 1947, world-famous architect Walter Gropius and his subsidiary group, The Architect’s Collective (TAC), were commissioned to build a simple summer house for his friends Arnold Wolfers, a noted political scientist, and his wife, Doris, whose father was president of the Swiss Parliament. A decade younger than Gropius, Wolfers had come to America in 1933 as the first master of Pierson College at Yale and would later become director of the Center for International Relations in Washington.

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