Restoration / Preservation / Merit
A few judicious moves reclaimed this vintage Marcel Breuer home, whose design was based on a house he exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in 1949. Architects Sara Segal, LEED AP, and Rafi Segal restored the house for themselves, using archival research as a guide in stripping paint from plywood walls, rebuilding partitions, and restoring window profiles.
The Rockefeller Foundation, which owns the exhibit house, supplied a color analysis keyed to today's paint colors. “Breuer had a special blue that was a combination of blue, white, and gray,” says Rafi Segal. “The white has a bit of yellow in it, and these nuances make a huge difference.”
“This house could easily have been torn down,” a judge said of the restoration's rigor. “It's a good precedent that they kept it.”