Ise Gropius Biographical Timeline
1897 Born Ilse Frank in Osterode, Germany
1912 Father loses family’s wealth and relocates household to Hannover
1913 Ise attends girls’ boarding school, returns home in 1916
1917 Becomes Red Cross nurse.
1919 Sent to England to learn to speak English
1921 Becomes engaged to Herman Frank, a distant cousin
1922 Moves to München, works at newspaper as a writer
1923 Mother dies and Ise returns to Hannover. Meets Gropius at a lecture
When Ise Met Walter
1923 Visits Weimar Bauhaus, breaks with fiancé, and marries Gropius
1924 Extended stay in sanatorium in Dresden to regain health
1925 Moves to new Bauhaus in Dessau
1928 Moves to Berlin after Gropius resignation from Bauhaus. Visits U.S.A.
1930 Extensive European travel with family and friends, through 1934
1934 Gropiuses leave for Rome, then London. Settle in Lawn Road Flats
1936 Hertha Frank, Ise’s sister dies. Gropiuses adopt her daughter Ati
1937 Moves to U.S.A. Rents Colonial house in Lincoln, Mass.
1938 Builds new Lincoln house on Storrow land
1944 Gropiuses become American citizens
1947 Involved in near fatal car accident. Year-long convalescence
1954 World travel to Australia, Asia, Middle East, and Europe
1969 Walter Gropius dies. Gropius niece comes to stay in house
1973 Decides to leave the Lincoln house to Historic New England
1983 Dies on June 9 in Lexington, Mass.