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Historic New England protects iconic Breuer-Robeck House in New Canaan
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Contributed By: Historic New England
Email The Author: Stewardship@HistoricNewEngland.org
Website: http://www.historicnewengland.org/about-us/whats-new/2011/04/04/historic-new-england-protects-iconic-breuer-roebeck-house-in-new-canaan

The Breuer-Robeck House (1947) in New Canaan, Conn., is the latest privately-owned historic property protected through a preservation easement held by Historic New England in its Stewardship Program. Noted architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) built the Breuer-Robeck House as a weekend home for his family. This was the first house he built in New Canaan, a town that now has one of the most significant collections of mid-century Modern houses in the United States.

The home’s current owner has long been concerned about the trend of tearing down Modern buildings and wanted to ensure that the property be protected. The preservation easement on the Breuer-Robeck House protects all exterior elevations; interior features including its fireplace, flagstone flooring, and wood ceilings; the driveway as it was designed by Breuer; prevents subdivision of the existing 2.7-acre lot; and limits new additions and additional structures. This is the eightieth property protected by a preservation easement held by Historic New England and the third Modern property protected in the Stewardship Program. The other Modern properties are the Flansburgh House (1963) and the Hoover House (1937), both in Lincoln, Mass.

Historic New England is actively seeking to protect a wide-range of properties across New England representative of all architectural styles including early-twentieth century triple-deckers and mid-twentieth century Modern, Cape Cod, and Ranch-style homes. For more information please visit the Stewardship Program page at http://www.historicnewengland.org/preservation/preservation-easements or contact Joseph Cornish, senior stewardship manager, at 617-994-6643 or by e-mail.

 


Keywords: Historic New England, easements, properties, New Canaan Connecticut, Stewardship, Cape Cod, Modern, Ranch style homes

Posted: April 4, 2011
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