Starkey House
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Architect Marcel Breuer
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Location Duluth, Minnesota
Date 1955   timeline
Building Type house
Climate temperate
Context waterside
Style Modern
Notes Sun-shading louvers.


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Detail Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Starkey House Commentary

"This hillside house combines many of the aspects of Breuer's often varied 'long house' and his 'binuclear plan'.

The rooms are all on one level, divided by the entrance hall, with the adult living-dining area on one side and the sleeping and children's areas on the other. The children's rooms are grouped around a central playroom. The house poised on a hill slope—overlooking the vast expanse of Lake Superior—seems almost to float; slender gangways give access. Glass has been used from floor to ceiling on (the) lake side of the house. To protect this generous expanse of glass from solar radiation, both horizontal wood louvres and projected panes of solar glass have been used as sunshades. The terrace beneath the house serves as a covered play area with outdoor cooking."

— Cranston Jones and Marcel Breuer. Marcel Breuer: Buildings and Projects 1921-1961. p163.

Sources on Starkey House

Marcel Breuer. Buildings and Projects 1921-1961. Frederick A. Praeger, 1962. section detail drawing, f6. plan drawing, f3. schematic cross section drawing, f2.

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 p9, p163.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p48. sunshade photo, p49. — 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 Starkey House


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