The decade following the Second World War witnessed an explosion of new homes in the United States. The American suburb was being reinvented and widely built for the commuter family. In light of the public interest in the new suburban home, and following a tradition of museums that display life-size architecture in their outdoor sculpture garden, the Museum of Modern Art in New York launched the exhibition House in the Garden in 1948. Started by Philip Johnson and Peter Blake, this exhibition aimed to exhibit a full-scale demonstration house, not necessarily to compete with the mass-produced house, but rather to introduce "a tailor-made solution designed by the architect to a middle-income family. "The Museum's Department of Architecture and Design sought to promote modern design in America by demonstrating" how good it can be to live in a house with good design. "
Marcel Breuer was chosen as the first architect to design this type of house. He seemed perfect for the given task, engaged in the industrial design of furniture, for which he became famous, but also a successful architect who worked mainly in single-family houses.
After the end of the exhibition, the house was purchased by the Rockefeller family, dismantled and rebuilt on their estate in Pocatino, near New York.
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