This mid-century modern gem, was originally designed in 1951 by architect Marcel Breuer and it’s been restored and updated by Toshiko Mori, who chaired the Grad School of Architecture at Harvard.
Called the Breuer House 2 it was designed this for his own family after they decided to move from their original house in New Cannan, Connecticut. Breuer’s second house was clad in fieldstone veneer and glass with a U-shaped plan enclosing a courtyard with a flagstone terrace. In 1975, Gerald Bratti acquired the property and hired architect Herbert Beckhard, a longtime associate of Breuer’s, to design extensive renovations, which were completed between 1975 and 1982. A 27’x29′ underground poolhouse/ guesthouse was added in 1981.
It had several other owners and in 2005 Robert Bishop acquired the property, saving it from demolition. The current owners removed the addition designed by Beckhart and constructed a new freestanding glass and steel addition designed by Mori. The square footage was doubled to 5500 and the underground poolhouse was restored.
The new house now has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths on 3 acres and is on the market for $5.85 million.
I’m not sure how I feel about the addition, to be honest. At first glance, it seems to what the original house doesn’t do, bring MORE outside in, provide more space and get you up into the trees. But the materials and office building vibe seems a bit flashy and out of place for the setting. More importantly, what would Breuer think? Probably,
“Ah, who cares? I’m pushing up daisies. It’s your house now…“