Robinson House
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Architect Marcel Breuer
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Location Williamstown, Massachusetts
Date 1947   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System field stone masonry, weathered cypress
Climate temperate
Context semi-rural
Style Modern
Notes butterfly roof.




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Discussion Robinson House Commentary

"This single-level, expansive house rests serenely on a broad site and commands a sweeping view of the Berkshire Mountains. The plan is binuclear, with a clear division between living and sleeping areas—all set beneath a butterfly roof which terminates in cantilevered trusses at one end. Nature penetrates the structure with interior plantings and courts, while the fieldstone walls extend out to embrace the landscape. The exterior boarding is either painted or natural cypress, allowed to weather a silver-gray. The extensive use of glass in the living-dining area makes the distant hills the outer boundary of the interior space—ever changing with the seasons and the shifting light."

— Cranston Jones and Marcel Breuer. Marcel Breuer: Buildings and Projects 1921-1961. p218.

Sources on Robinson House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. binuclear diagram, p204. — Updated edition available at

Peter Blake. Marcel Breuer, Architect and Designer. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1949. exterior photo of east view, p93, plate 165. interior photo of dining room and terrace, p94, plate 166.

Peter Blake. Marcel Breuer, Sun and Shadow—The Philosophy of an Architect. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1955. interior photo of living room, p62, plate 114.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture Vol. 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f275, p342. plan drawing, f276, p342. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at  Find books about Robinson House


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