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Rare, $11.5 Million Modernist Marvel Hits Market in East Hampton

Built by a partner of Marcel Breuer, the home is perched over untouched land. It couldn’t be built today.

The open-plan living area has a huge built-in couch.

The open-plan living area has a huge built-in couch.

Photographer: Richard Taverna for Sotheby's International Realty

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A lot of houses in the Hamptons are modern-inspired. But one of the rare homes of architectural importance designed by an actual modernist is hitting the market for $11.5 million.

The house was built by Hamilton Smith, a partner in Marcel Breuer’s architecture office, as a retreat for himself. The building has had just three owners since it was constructed in the early 1970s. “No one had ever lived there full-time,” says the home’s current owner, the landscape architect Edwina von Gal, who bought the house for what Zillow says was $1.7 million in early 2004. “But I intended to make it my full-time home.”