A Marcel Breuer–Designed Midcentury in Upstate New York Asks $849K
Located in the charming small city of Poughkeepsie—two hours north of New York City—the McComb House was completed in the early 1950s and is one of modernist Marcel Breuer’s only residences in the area.
The midcentury home employs Breuer’s classic "binuclear" layout—featuring two separate wings, with an entry hall at the nucleus. Now, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom abode is being listed for $849,000.
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Breuer—a Hungarian-born modernist, architect, and furniture designer who trained at the Bauhaus—came to the United States in the 1930s and began teaching at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Early residential commissions in the 1940s and 1950s led to larger projects, and Breuer ultimately worked on nearly 100 buildings until his death in 1981. Examples of his work includes the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the United States Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands.
In reaction to the vast and undulating landscape, the McComb House is spread over several levels—an atypical feature of Breuer residences—and has been designed with privacy and a connection to nature in mind.
The sloped roofs, meeting together at their lowest point to form a butterfly roof, are characteristic of Breuer's iconic homes, and create a dynamic form from every angle.
Additions in the 1970s and 1990s have been carefully designed to continue Breuer's vision, allowing the home to function as a residence while still maintaining its original design intent.
The home has been described as a "multi-level binuclear" house, in which Breuer divided the kitchen, dining, and living spaces from the bedrooms and more private areas of the home into two separate wings.
The "nucleus" of the home—where the two wings meet—houses the foyer and main entrance. The McComb House is unusual in that its layout occurs not as a single-story home, but rather as a multi-level residence.