Gropius House

North Elevation 1947

Photographer Robert Damora spent a month with the Gropiuses in the fall of 1947 which resulted in a remarkable set of photographs documenting the house nearly a decade after it was completed. According to Damora’s son, “Dad had focused his photographic career on the promotion of Modern Architecture and also wanted to become an architect himself. He viewed Walter Gropius as the philosophical leader of the Modern movement. He contacted Gropius to offer to photograph the house. This was not an assignment for a client (typically a magazine or the architect). That was unusual: this is the only portfolio to my knowledge that Dad shot on spec in his career. The first US publication of the photographs was in House & Garden Magazine for the January 1949 issue.”

Photograph Robert Damora © Damora Archive, all rights reserved.