Located in Litchfield, Connecticut, on a 10-acre parcel surrounded by 70 acres of land trust, the Stillman Cottage is a three-bedroom, two-bath home set on stilts above the ground. Resembling the character of Breuer's prior homes, the modern retreat is a platform for viewing nature.
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The Stillman Cottage is one of more than twenty structures commissioned by one of Breuer's most avid supporters and close friend, Rufus Stillman. Commissioned by Stillman and his wife Leslie in 1974, Breuer designed this simple and refined example of 20th-century architectural idealism.
Throughout the decades, the home has passed through three additional owners, has received tasteful additions, and has recently received the Connecticut Preservation Award. Not only is the home a work of iconic architecture—it also holds a place in political history as the home and campaign headquarters of U.S. Congressman Toby Moffett for many years.
The home is divided into two sections. The main structure holds a combined kitchen and dining space, as well as a cantilevered screened-in porch. Connected by a breezeway, an addition by Marcel Breuer Architects includes a foyer, great room, master bedroom, and two adjacent screen porches that run the length of the home. A detached wood carport and garage, in tune with the cottage's original design, complete the property.
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Originally designed as a seasonal retreat and a refuge from modern-day hustle, the cottage was built open-framed with hanging gas lanterns and a hand-dug well. In years since, it has been updated with modern appliances and amenities to suit contemporary needs. Even with the revisions, the character of the existing structure remains intact.
Architect of Record (Original): Marcel Breuer
Architect of Record (Additions): Marcel Breuer Architecture
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