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An era fades at 60-year-old modernist Lexington community designed by Walter Gropius called ‘Five Fields’

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Five Fields is a decades-old development, a small, tight-knit, and, for its time, radical community of modernist homes in Lexington designed in the 1950s by a group of architects that included Walter Gropius, the renowned founder of Germany’s Bauhaus school.

Now, two of the last original buyers are selling their homes. Their departures mark the final chapter in a half-century long experiment based on social ideals and unconventional design during the post-war 1950s.

Five Fields offered simplicity, natural surroundings, and a modern aesthetic. But perhaps most notably, the homes surround eight acres of common land — including a playground, frog pond, and swimming pool — to foster a sense of community, something Gropius believed was an antidote to the growing scourge of what he called “social loneliness.”

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