The Lauck House by Marcel Breuer is located in Princeton, New Jersey. Built in 1950, it’s a twin of the house Breuer created for the “House in the Garden” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1949. Philip Johnson curated the exhibition, for which several full-scale houses were constructed in the museum’s sculpture garden. His intent was to showcase “economical solutions for individually built, architect-designed country homes.”
Breuer designed the first home in the series, and for an admission price of 35 cents, the public could step inside and experience “good design” for suburban living. The exposure led to several commissions, including a home for the Lauck family, who wanted the MoMA house, plus a bit more. The Princeton house is eight feet longer than the original, and includes a two-car garage, additional storage and a larger bedroom and bath. The Laucks also wanted the house reversed, so the east side elevation faced west and the west elevation faced east.
As for the house that stood in the garden at MoMA, it was purchased by the Rockefellers and reassembled on their estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. It was used as a guest house until 2007, when its stewardship was assumed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Today the house is maintained by and used for the Fund’s philanthropic programs, which include artist residencies.
Interested in buying a Breuer? The Princeton property, which stands on four acres, is listed for $1,299,000. It’s a 3,800-square-foot home with four bedrooms and four baths. In 2008, it was fully restored and expanded with an addition that’s respectful of the original plan. The listing agent is Yael Zakut.