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Historic New England protects important mid-twentieth century house in Lincoln, Mass.

March 1, 2011

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The Flansburgh House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is the latest privately owned historic property protected by a preservation easement in the Stewardship Program at Historic New England. Completed in 1963, the Flansburgh House was designed by the late architect Earl R. Flansburgh, FAIA.

The house is designed around an open interior garden court and was built to illustrate Flansburgh’s approach to Modern residential design. It is set on a slightly sloping wooded lot and surrounded by tall pine trees and stone walls built by Flansburgh and his sons. Glass windows and sliding glass doors line the outside walls, and glass walls with open hallways line each side of the open courtyard allowing light to penetrate from both the exterior and interior of the house. 

The preservFlansburgh 1.jpgation easements held by Historic New England protect interior and exterior features of the house and garden and landscape features. They prevent subdivision and limit new additions and additional structures.

Earl R. Flansburgh’s long and distinguished career in architecture focused primarily on the planning and design of educational facilities, but he also designed one or two private houses every year, hand-picking the sites and clients. He founded the Boston firm of Earl R. Flansburgh + Associates (now known as Flansburgh Architects) in 1963.  His buildings received more than eighty regional and national design awards. He served as the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) president in 1981 and received the BSA Award of Honor in 1999.

This is the second Modern house protected by Historic New England’s Stewardship Program. The Hoover House, designed by Henry Hoover in 1937, and also in Lincoln, entered the program in 2008. Lincoln and the surrounding area has excellent examples of Modern houses custom built by a group of architects including Historic New England’s 1938 Gropius House, designed by Walter Gropius, which is open to the public.

For information about the Stewardship Program please call Senior Stewardship Manager Joseph Cornish at 617-994-6643. As evidenced by this recent donation, Historic New England is highly interested in working with owners of twentieth-century properties to protect the full range of New England's built heritage. 

Preserving mid-century modern houses

Posted by David Schure on December 6, 2011
Really appreciate the effort to preserve great works of architecture from later periods.

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Historic New England protects important mid-twentieth century house in Lincoln, Mass.