Gropius House

Birthday Card: Helen Storrow, 1943

It was due to Mrs. Storrow’s generosity that the Gropiuses were able to build their house in Lincoln. A prominent philanthropist, she not only offered them the land on which to build but also subsidized the construction of the house when no bank was willing to lend them money to build such an unusual-looking design. For her contribution to the birthday cards, Mrs. Storrow worked a scene in needlepoint depicting some of the local flora and fauna, a subject dear to all of them. She clearly knew, and likely shared, the Gropiuses’ affection for the red-breasted bluebird.