Breuer House I
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Architect Marcel Breuer
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Location Lincoln, Massachusetts   map
Date 1939   timeline
Building Type architect's house
 Construction System wood and stone bearing walls, wood spans
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes With Walter Gropius. Near the Gropius House.






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The Creator's Words

"When stone is used in a wall, the aim is not to evoke some notion of rock, but to build a clear-cut slab—made of stone because stone is a good and durable and texturally pleasant material,... It should be clear that this is a wall built by a mason, executing drawings with dimensions and a given geometry; it is not a grotto or part of a romantic anachronism.

"The structure is simultaneously developed with the plan. The thinking about form and detail is all part of the same process: the design. I am as much interested in the smallest detail as in the whole structure."

— Marcel Breuer. from Cranston Jones, captions and introduction. Marcel Breuer: Buildings and Projects 1921-1961. p21, 26.

Sources on Breuer House I

"Classic Home 053", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 151, 2003.0618, pH1.

Peter Blake. Marcel Breuer, Architect and Designer. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1949. exterior elevation photo of west end, p68, plate 128. interior photo looking down into living room, p66, plate 126.

Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. LC 89-31772. NA2840.F67 1989. exterior photo, f10.41, structure axon, f10.42, construction section at window, f10.43, p315.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at

Cranston Jones, captions and introduction. Marcel Breuer: Buildings and Projects 1921-1961. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1962. NA737.B68A45 1963. LC 62-21001. discussion, p21, 26.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. LC 90-135. TR659.S28. grayscale photo looking in from exterior, p79. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Breuer House I


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