Art: Poor Butterfly

For the millions of U.S. families in search of a not-too-expensive house with the maximum of good living and good design, Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art put up a bid. Last week in the museum garden it showed a "suburban" house which had been painstakingly built on the premises.

It was the brainchild of a 47-year-old architect named Marcel Breuer, who made himself known 24 years ago by inventing tubular steel chairs (in Germany's longtime Mecca of modern architects, the Bauhaus school of design). Architect Breuer came to the U.S. in 1937, taught for nine...

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