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ARCHITECTURAL RECORD HOUSES OF 1956

TEXTURE, PATTERN SPARK MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE

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TILITARIAN FORMS and materials certainly no longer need Justification as sensible,, economical toolsof design. However, placed in the knowing hands of a good architect, neither need they imply coldness or austerity. Simple devices can create fresh types of enrichment - textures, patterns, colors,and above all, constantly changing highlights and shadows - that give a delight parallel to that associated by many with ornament of the past. The owners of this house in Andover, Massachusetts, wereobviously very appreciative of this quality in Marcel Breuer’s work when they commissioned him to design a new home. It was their third venture into contemporary architecture; and their previous house,which adjoins this one, was also extremely attractive. THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Andover is a typical New England town, full of tradition and spirit. Federal and Georgian buildings face white and red brickfa~ades onto tree-studded streets. It is primarily a quiet residential community, and one is quite soon in the hilly countryside. Inhabitants take keen interest in plays, concerts, in nearby Boston. THESITE: land for this house is next to the site of the Grieco’s last house, which looked out under a pergola thickly hung with grape clusters. Both lots share a naturally beautiful situation with asweeping view of the countryside. The house fits neatly into a hillside, which slopes very gently down from the road until the entrance courtyard of the house is reached, then falls away, allowing roomfor a lower floor.

Marcel Breuer, Architect. George Fichera, Contractor. Combinations of materials, so often misused, can add sparkle and interest to a crisp design when handled with the subtlerestraint of this example: fieldstone is played against board and batten, glass and the strong sunshade pattern

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