Art: Bauhaus Builder

"Now, for the first time, when I have reached 70, things look safe for a while," said Architect Walter Gropius on his birthday last week. "At long last, I am beginning to build much more than was possible in the so often unsettled past. The coming years should be the happiest and best fulfilled of my entire life." After 34 years as one of architecture's greatest thinkers and teachers, Walter Gropius was starting what amounts to a brand-new career.

The guests at his birthday party in Chicago got a chance to see what Gropius has been up to since he left Harvard's...

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