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On the market: 1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

A modernist icon on the market in the form of the 1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

As you might have guessed from the name, this is one of a group of houses designed by Marcel Breuer for industrialist Rufus Stillman between the 1950s and the 1970s. Three houses and a cottage.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Stillman’s modernist obsession didn’t just end with the houses. He also got Breuer to design buildings for his own company and sold off land for building on the basis that they had to use modernist architects to create the property. Quite a legacy.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Stillman moved into this second house in the mid-1960s, with the architecture causing quite a stir back in the day, featuring in numerous books and magazines. It is still a striking building today.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

It’s also a house in touch with nature, aided by the use of local materials, most obviously with the stone in the walls. The wide use of glass also ensure that the outside is never very far away from the space within.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Talking of outside, you get a 9.5-acre site too, which sites next to 37 acres of protected land. Peace and tranquility pretty much guaranteed.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Has the place changed much? Well, in broad terms it hasn’t, but the detail certainly has. The agent says that the house has been ‘meticulously restored and upgraded with great care and sensitivity towards its origins’. But this is certainly no museum.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

The agent also points out that ‘every 21st century comfort’ is integrated into this house, with a state of the art Boffi kitchen, media room with speaker system and 35ft. heated pool mentioned. But the new doesn’t necessarily displace the old. It sits well side by side.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

As for space, 2,900 sq. ft. in total, which includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a cantilevered guest cube and some lovely reception space and a rather stylish terrace area. Love that artwork in the garden too.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

It did sell some time back for just under $3,000,000. Now it is back on the market for $3,300,000.

Images and details courtesy of Zillow. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1960s Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman II in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

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