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Frederick and Erna Gibbs House

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1936–1937, Samuel Glazer. 6 Chilton St.
  • Frederick and Erna Gibbs House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Laid out in 1931 on the site of the William Lawrence House (1886), Chilton Street was developed with brick Tudor Revival dwellings, with one exception. Dr. Gibbs and his wife returned from a European trip to instruct their architect to design a house in the style of the Bauhaus. Indeed, the Gibbs House closely resembles the Bauhausbauten by Walter Gropius in Dessau, Germany. No other design by Samuel Glazer suggests he had an affinity with the Bauhaus School, supporting the likelihood that the clients played a major role. One of the finest surviving examples of the International Style in the Boston area, the sharply geometric house with its white stucco finish not only stands in start contrast to its brick Tudor neighbors but provides a visually dramatic backdrop for nature when viewed from within the Halls Pond Sanctuary.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Frederick and Erna Gibbs House", [Brookline, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 497-497.

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