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Attention shoppers: The 1998 Life magazine Dream House by Hugh Newell Jacobsen is a steal. For $534, you can buy a 2,250-square-foot high-style domicile—complete with three signature gabled pavilions—designed by an architect adept at marrying pared-down modernism with the vernacular architecture of the American Plains: Its sleek, blocky envelope has dormered roofs so steep it could be Willa Cather’s family homestead. Even if land, materials, and labor aren’t included, last year’s Life Dream House remains the closest you’ll come to a Hugh Newell Jacobsen bargain. The D.C.-based architect, who set up shop here in 1958 after studying under Louis Kahn at Yale and working in Philip Johnson’s office, has attracted an international clientele with his knack for making expansive square footage feel cozy. Jacobsen can break 10,000 square feet into multiple pavilions “so that it looks more like a little village or a gathering of farm buildings…than [a] target for the IRS.” The architect has done significant civic work, too—like the restoration and addition to the U.S. Capitol West Terrace—but it’s his houses that will secure his place in architectural history. Jacobsen will lecture and attend a reception to open the exhibit at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, and the exhibit of more than 60 projects with photographs, drawings, and models is on view from Sunday, Jan. 31, through Aug. 15 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $13 (lecture and reception), admission to the museum is free. (202) 272-2448. (Jessica Dawson)