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Marcel Breuer’s McComb House Hits the Market

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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The Peter and Karen McComb House, a home designed by Marcel Breuer in Poughkeepsie, is on the market. The 10-room, 4-bedroom home, built between 1950 and 1953, is one of the finest examples of a private home by the celebrated Brutalist architect.


Although best known for large-scale commissions like the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York (now the Met Breuer), Breuer was also a prolific designer of residential properties, as the McComb House attests. It features many of the hallmarks of Breuer’s design philosophy, including a “binuclear” layout (that is to say, a home with different wings for bedrooms and for dining, separate by an entry hall), and “butterfly roof,” in which two opposing surfaces slope together toward the middle.


The McComb House is something of an oddity for its area. Unlike southeastern Connecticut, where properties by the “Harvard Five—modernist masters like Philip Johnson, Eliot Noyes and Breuer himself—abound, the mid-Hudson Valley is known primarily for its Colonial and 19th century properties. But that modernism doesn’t mean it’s any less comfortable. “One of the great brilliances of Breuer and the Harvard Five was the way that they brought the outdoors in,” said Graham Klemm, who listed the property. Speaking of the McComb House, he said “although you’re sitting in a man made structure, you’re still very aware of the outdoors—of the greenery, sky and light. That provides a real warmth.”


The McComb House is being listed by Klemm Real Estate, with an asking price of $895,000. For more information, visit here.


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