A house designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer has listed for $3.8 million.
Photo: Sotheby's International Realty

Connecticut Home Designed by Marcel Breuer Hits the Market for $3.8 Million

The Litchfield house was designed by the Bauhaus architect in the late 1950s

A Connecticut home designed by legendary Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer has hit the market for $3.8 million.

Called Gagarin I, the Litchfield house was completed in 1957 and has been “meticulously restored and upgraded with great care and sensitivity toward its origins,” per the listing. Located roughly an hour-and-a-half drive from Manhattan, the three-bedroom residence sits on a 1.7 acres that includes a reflecting pool and expansive lawn.

The hillside home was designed with multiple terraces, courtyards, and even an interior greenhouse that forms an integral part of the living room. The main level comprises an immense glass-walled living room connected to a bluestone-paved terrace equipped with areas for dancing and dining. Featuring Breuer’s signature bush-hammered concrete fireplace, the main living space is organized as an open plan, featuring the living room, dining area, and kitchen. Another Breuer signature—a floating staircase—links the two levels.

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The dwelling retains many of the architect’s original details and fixtures, including the sizable glass sliders on Torx bearings, bathroom sinks, skylights, and other built-ins. A catalog of over 900 letters, drawings, photographs, and other materials related to Gagarin I are available at the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at Syracuse University.

The house is listed with Madonna & Phillips Group at Sotheby’s International Realty.

Called Gagarin I, the house is in Litchfield. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The front and rear of the home are marked by sun-shading overhangs. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The house sits on 1.7 acres of land. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The backyard features a reflecting pool. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The main living space features Breuer’s signature bush-hammered concrete fireplace. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
As with all Breuer-architected homes, the living and dining areas act as one expansive space. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The kitchen sits just past the joint living and dining spaces. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
The kitchen is decorated in bold primary colors. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
A downstairs bedroom leads to a terrace. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
A second living space looks out over the Connecticut countryside. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
Breuer’s signature floating staircase, with its parapet of abstract geometric cut­outs, leads you downstairs. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty

 

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