Spring into Art & Architecture

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

In-person tour and reception at the Goethe Institut in Boston

The recently renovated Goethe-Institut, housed in a Victorian-era city mansion on 170 Beacon Street in Boston, is opening its doors and outdoor area to GABC’s members and friends for an exclusive tour of its building and “Bauhaus in New England” photography exhibit by photographer Mark Römisch. This event is limited in participants and the tour of the building and exhibit will be staggered in small groups. The head of the Goethe Institut Boston, Christoph Mücher, will be providing context & background of the colorful architectural history of the building while photographer Mark Römisch will be on hand to discuss his latest project “Form and Landscape – Bauhaus in New England” in which he documents the unparalleled traces of the Bauhaus School along the East Coast of the United States.

If weather permits, a reception will be held outdoors following the tours on the Institute’s “repurposed” parking lot ; in case of inclement weather the reception will take place in the Institute’s stunning main event room.

This is a wonderful opportunity for GABC members who are ready for select & safe in-person networking. Masks are required to wear at all time while in the building and not eating/drinking. This event is designed around the current Phase IV reopening safety standards and best practices as laid out by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

When:               Tuesday, May 25th 6PM to 8PM
Cost:                   GABC members complimentary | Non-GABC members $20*
Drinks and delicious local refreshments will be served.


*tickets purchased by non-GABC members for the original architectural tour in March of 2020 will be honored.

Registration now closed

Members and Non-Members please register via the Link below
(if you are not sure about your membership status, please let us know in your registration)


The Goethe-Institut Building on Beacon Street

The Goethe-Institut moved into the building on 170 Beacon Street in 1967, and by now is the longest resident in this extraordinary building with a thrilling history. Since it was first constructed in 1861, the house has changed ownership many times, and has also undergone many architectural changes. Today’s building owes its appearance to an expansion and remodeling which transformed the original Victorian city mansion into a neoclassicist building with a new façade in the Adam style. This new vision for the house was created in 1900 by Odgen Codman, who had made a name for himself at that time as the architect of the Boston high society. Now, over 50 years after the Goethe-Institut first moved into the building, it was of the utmost importance to KARO architects Anke Roggenbuck and Sebastian Kaempf that their vision for the renovated building was guided by the respect for Codman’s original architectural conception.


About the Goethe-Institut Boston

The Goethe-Institut Boston was the first Goethe-Institut in the United States and founded in 1967. It is located in the historic Back Bay/Beacon Hill area and provides services for the six New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Goethe-Institut Boston is the contact point for anyone interested in German culture and for those who want to study or teach German. The language department offers a full range of language courses and official exams. The Goethe-Institut’s language-learning system is worldwide and modeled after the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language acquisition. For over 40 years, the Goethe-Institut Boston has been promoting an ongoing dialogue and exchange between American and German artists and experts in order to present German culture abroad and help shape a current understanding of Germany today. The program department organizes a broad range of events and supports projects in the fields of film and new media, arts, theatre and dance, music, literature, architecture and more.