This 1960s Home’s Painstaking Renovation Is a Love Letter to Midcentury Design

“The house is like a gallery and an heirloom that brings the family together,” says architect Cristina Ioana Graff. “They appreciate it so much, and that makes it more special.”

For years, retired attorney Dale Schreiber and his wife, Lois, planned to transition from New York City to the suburbs of South Orange, New Jersey, to be closer to some of their children and grandchildren. The couple are avid collectors of art and midcentury furniture, and when they came across a 1969 home designed by Herbert Beckhard, a business partner of Marcel Breuer, within walking distance of two of their four children, they leaped.

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