Breuer Under Threat

A Marcel Breuer Building in Reston May Get Knocked Down

Washingtonian, June 16, 2016

Unbeknownst even to many fans of modern architecture in the Washington area, Reston, Virginia, has a building designed by Marcel Breuer, the renowned architect responsible for such landmarks as the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the Whitney Museum of Art (now the Met Breuer) in New York, as well as the love-it-or-hate-it HUD building in downtown DC. Reston’s Breuer building, formerly the American Press Institute (API), stands on Sunrise Valley Drive.

But maybe not for much longer. A homebuilder has applied to rezone the site, raze the structure, and replace it with a mix of townhouses and condos. This has prompted an 11th-hour campaign by residents and architects to save what they say is a work of major architectural significance. On June 16, the Fairfax County Planning Commission will decide whether or not to recommend that the county’s Board of Supervisors approve the new development.

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