Building of the Month, May 2011
The Seymour Krieger House (1958), in Bethesda’s Bannockburn neighborhood, was designed by internationally renowned architect Marcel Breuer. The structure is the only single-family dwelling designed by Marcel Breuer in Montgomery County, and is one of four residential buildings he designed in Maryland.¬† The residence was built for Seymour Krieger, a communications lawyer, and his wife Rita.¬† The Krieger family lived here until 1964.
The resource is¬†an outstanding example of¬†an International Style residence.¬†¬†Its transparent volumetric form, exposed steel framing, lack of applied ornamentation and balanced asymmetry are hallmarks of the¬†style.¬†The triangular-shaped corner lot was landscaped by prolific landscape designer Dan Kiley.¬† The project was the first of five collaborations between Breuer and Kiley nationwide, and was one of only two projects these distinguished designers worked together on in Maryland.
The Krieger House is designated locally, on¬†Montgomery¬†County’s¬†Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is also listed on the National Register of HIstoric Places.