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Location: Litchfield, Connecticut
We don’t usually feature auctions in our House of the Day section here at Curbed, but today’s listing is architecturally significant enough to warrant an exception. Tomorrow, December 11, the Rufus Stillman Cottage by Marcel Breuer will head to the auction block with an estimated value of up to $2,500,000.
A longtime friend and client of the Hungarian-American modernist Marcel Breuer, Rufus Stillman worked with Breuer to design three houses in the Litchfield area from 1950 to 1974. But this particular design matches the cottages that Breuer built in Wellfleet, Massachusetts in 1944.
Set upon stilts and nestled into the hillside, the cottage’s 1973 main structure originally consisted of two bedrooms, one bath, a combined kitchen and dining space, and a cantilevered screened-in porch. But the design also features an MBA-designed pavilion addition with foyer, great room, master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet, connected by a breezeway to the cottage. This posthumously built addition is found on two of the four Wellfleet cottages designed by Breuer.
The combined 2,426-square-feet structure is a study in economy and landscape—the stilts on the original cottage result in a “floating effect” that integrates the building into the hillside. Originally created for seasonal use only, the home now boasts an upgraded kitchen that blends seamlessly with the cottage design. Two brick fireplaces and a detached garage/carport round out the amenities.
If a minimalist beauty with a top-notch architecture pedigree sounds just right to you, the Marcel Breuer Rufus Stillman Cottage heads to auction on December 11, 2018.