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On exhibit October 9, 2015 through March 20, 2016

Stimulated by thinking at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, modern architecture shaped the landscape of Cambridge and Boston's western suburbs from the 1930s to the 1960s and beyond. Architects such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Henry Hoover experimented with modern design, new materials, and innovative technology, creating buildings that fluidly interacted with outdoor space and took advantage of scenic views in the former farmlands of Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington.

Middlesex County Modern, an innovative exhibition organized by the Concord Museum, will explore the development of modern architecture in this region and its impact on design, the community, and the environment.  The exhibition will focus on local communities such as Conantum in Concord and iconic buildings such as Gropius House in Lincoln, as well as key agents in the spread of modern architecture, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Architects’ Collaborative (TAC), and Design Research, architect Ben Thompson’s “lifestyle store.”  Accompanied by a rich menu of public programs for all ages, the exhibition seeks to enhance the dialogue about modern architecture in Middlesex County and strengthen advocacy and preservation efforts.

Middlesex County Modern is made possible by

Presenting Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors
Phillips Fine Paint & Design

Major Support
Susan and Greg Zacharias

With Special Thanks
Circle Furniture, First Rugs, Machine Age, Matteson & Associates

Above image: Adams House, Concord, 1947. Architect: Hugh Stubbins. Photograph ©Ezra Stoller / Esto.

Associated Programs

Please check back for more programs.

Members' Preview and Reception for Middlesex County Modern

Thursday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us at the opening of Middlesex County Modern. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; free to Concord Museum members and invited guests. R.S.V.P. (978) 369-9763, ext. 216 or

3rd Annual Sally Lanagan Lecture
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Wendy Kaplan, Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), presents California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” Ms. Kaplan will explore how a regional style of architecture and design emerged in California after World War II, and how it was translated into a material culture that defined an era. Just as architects and designers from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design shaped the landscape of Cambridge and Boston's western suburbs in the middle of the 20th century using native New England materials combined with new technology, materials developed in California influenced European émigré architects, native designers, and transplants from other parts of the United States who responded to California’s special conditions: a benevolent climate, informal lifestyle, and pervasive optimism.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m., in French Hall. The lecture is free; by reservation only, online or by calling (978) 369-9763, ext. 216. Priority registration for Concord Museum Members through October 1. A reception will follow the lecture.

Living Modern Seminar
Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Explore modern living—indoors and out—with experts in architecture, interior design, paint colors, and landscape design in this full-day seminar. Lunch and gallery talks of Middlesex County Modern with the curators are included. Sponsored by Phillips Fine Paint & Design. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; $75 Members, $85 Non-Members; reservations required. Purchase tickets online.