An architectural icon has just gone on the market. That’s the Marcel Breuer-designed Robinson House in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA.
Amazing to think that this house actually dates back to 1948. Yes, it really was a groundbreaking build and an incredibly influential one too. Designed by Breuer for Preston and Helen Robinson, its sits in a plot of over 40 acres, with a design intended to sit within it rather than contrast with the surroundings.
That protruding butterfly roof immediately catches the eye and would have had even more impact back in the 1940s. But that’s not the only interesting aspect of this place. Far from it.
This is a house that uses the ‘binuclear’ design Breuer became famous for, with separate wings for sleeping and living connected by hallways within. It also has some wonderful design features inside too, including the walls of glass that bring the nature in, the exposed stone walls and stone fireplace, wood panelling and the flow of the open reception spaces across this single-storey house.
It seems in such wonderful condition too. Yes, updates here and there in terms of the finishes, but overall, you get the impression that this house has been both treasured and respected by its owners for seven decades.
If that’s not enough, there’s an equally stylish guest house on the plot too, but we’ll come to that in a moment.
For now, let’s look at that main house, which has that ‘divided’ living space, which is essentially a square and a rectangle. The square is the reception area, which is the main reception, the dining room and the kitchen, as well as some office space if you need to work from home.
Separate from that is the rectangle, which hosts the bedrooms, bathrooms and garage. There are, as far as I can tell, two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house.
I say main house because there is that guest building that looks every bit as cool as the main house. Can you imagine having that extra place to put up your friends and family? They might never leave. Love the gallery and spiral staircase in that one, as well as the continued use of the wood and stone in the 900 sq. ft. guest space.
Oh, did I mention the pool? Well, I’m guessing you already spotted that. Another reason for your guests never to leave and a wonderful place to hang out and / or party, knowing that the 40 acres around guarantees you complete privacy as you do.
Yes, I really do want to move in here, but sadly, I think I missed the boat when it came to affording a Marcel Breuer classic. Saying that, even when it was last up for sale in 1992, the $850,000 price tag then would have been well out of my range.
In 2018? You can treble that figure more or less. The asking price for this $1,900,000 right now.
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