McMullen Beach House

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McMullen Beach House

Elevations (No. 5)

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Construction Set (annotated print)
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Living Room

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View of Living Room From Upper Floor
Northeast Corner

In 1959 Breuer designed a beach house in Mantoloking, New Jersey for a client named McMullen. The house was a simple two-storey box elevated on a small concrete block base containing a glass enclosed entry framed by the maid’s quarters on one side and a heater room and a shower accessible from the beach on the other. The public spaces on the second floor included a study, kitchen, dining room and a double height living room whose centerpiece was a sculptural fireplace with branching flues. The third floor contained the private spaces for the family, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Breuer and his associate Herbert Beckhard clad the largely windowless north and south elevations with vertical wood siding. The western façade featured a louvered wooden sunscreen covering the entirety of the elevated upper floors. The floor to ceiling glazing on the eastern façade took advantage of the ocean views. A partial wooden sunscreen on the upper left portion was balanced by the wooden deck railing and pergola on the lower right. Breuer also designed a low concrete block garage located slightly to the west of the beach house.