Marcel Breuer: The Stillman House / 19 November 2015

19 November 2015
Marcel Breuer
The Stillman House

On November 19th Wright presents The Stillman House by Marcel Breuer at auction. A masterpiece of modern architecture and art this sale represents a rare opportunity to own a house by one of the world’s most important modernists.

Architect Marcel Breuer

Date 1950—1951

Location Litchfield, Connecticut

Lot Size 2.78 acres

Square Feet 3,200

Space The Main House features Breuer's signature use of glass, color and natural materials, on two levels with two full living/entertainment areas, a fireplace, a dining area, four bedrooms, two baths; 2,359+/- square feet. The Marcel Breuer designed Studio (added in 1951) includes a full kitchen, bathroom, dining room, a large sunken living area with 13-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall glass and a large fireplace; 850+/- square feet. This building also houses an attached garage and a full house supplying generator.

Commissioned by
Rufus and Leslie Stillman, 1950
Acquired from the Stillmans by the present owners in 2009

  • Select Awards and Publications
  • Departures magazine, 2015
  • Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation award, 2014
  • Architectural Digest, 2014
  • Modernism in America merit award from DOCOMOMO US, 2014
  • Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town, 2011
  • New York Times, 2003
  • Calder's Universe, 1976
  • The Architectural Forum, 1972
  • New York Times, 1966
  • Marcel Breuer: Sun and Shadow, 1955
  • Interiors magazine (cover), 1953
  • Progressive Architecture, 1951


“Structure is not just a means to a solution. It is also a principle and a passion.”

— Marcel Breuer

The Stillman House

Marcel Breuer, Rufus Stillman, Architecture and Art

“Modern architecture is not a style, it’s an attitude.”

— Rufus Stillman in a letter to Marcel Breuer, 1951

Art and The Stillman House

“I like to think that Breuer made a plan all for us and that our way of life dictated his thinking.”

— Rufus Stillman in One Client’s Point of View from Sun and Shadow, 1955

One Client’s Point of View

By Rufus Stillman
Essay from Marcel Breuer Sun and Shadow: The Philosophy of an Architect published in 1955.

“Breuer lets the client grow with the house, keeping him on the essential track, making him feel that he is part of the creation. He leads clients very gently to their own conclusions—and this may take months—very much like a teacher, never swerving from what he believes to be true. While they work, the client comes to know Breuer, the man, and with this new insight into the man, they understand and come to believe in his architecture.”

— Rufus Stillman in One Client’s Point of View from Sun and Shadow, 1955


Contact Information

For more information about the property, to schedule a viewing or to arrange bidding, please contact:

Richard Wright  |  312 521 7150

Michael Jefferson  |  312 521 7165

Emilie Sims  |  312 235 4181

Auction 19 November 2015