#Breuerwatch: Modernism enthusiasts can choose from a trio of Marcel Breuer properties currently up for sale in the USA’s Connecticut, Massachusetts and Upstate New York.
Work by the Bauhaus-educated architect has become much sought after, and collectors ready for the next step can choose between a ‘floating’ cottage in the woods or a pair of Breuer’s ‘butterfly’ bi-nuclear designs.
The Robinson House in Williamstown, Massachusetts
3 bedrooms; $1.9m via Sotheby’s International Realty
Sitting on a lush plot of 42.5 acres, the Robinson House was built in 1948 and features Breuer’s signature ‘butterfly’ roof and bi-nuclear floor plan, with two separate wings connected by a large entrance hall. The Massachusetts property unravels across 5,000 sq ft and was built using local material, including feature walls made with fieldstone and huge glass windows. The larger volume houses a dining room, living room and kitchen, while three bedrooms are set within the smaller, rectangular volume.
McComb House, Poughkeepsie, New York
4 bedrooms; $795,000 via Klemm Real Estate
Breuer’s McComb House is perfect for city-dwellers yearning for an upstate escape – located a couple of hours outside of New York, and sitting on 3.4 acres of land. The midcentury property also has a bi-nuclear layout, which divides the four-bedroom home into two wings. More unusually for the Breuer, the McComb House is spread across multiple levels that accommodate the sloping land it’s built onto.
Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut
2 bedrooms; guide price of $2-2.5m via Wright auction house
This stilted woodland home is one of 20 commissioned by developer Rufus Stillman, a long-time patron of Breuer, towards the end of his career in 1974. The two-bedroom Connecticut property was conceived as a platform for viewing nature and has a cantilevered porch and oversized windows overlooking the surrounding Naugatuck Valley. The main house is connected to a posthumously added, MBA-designed pavilion that contains the great room, foyer and master bedroom. Meanwhile, two abutting porches run the full length of the volume. Interiors have been recently updated. Take a look inside before it goes under the hammer in December.
Read next: The best websites for Modernist properties