Grand New England Summer Resort-Era Estate of the Oswegatchie Historic District Listed with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

A circa-1910 Colonial Revival and Shingle Style home, located in the National Register of Historic Places-landmarked Oswegatchie Historic District, and representative of the New England summer resort estates built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is the exclusive listing of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Essex agents Don Shannehan and Kathy Shannehan have the listing, which is offered at $3,600,000.


The home’s original owners, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., commissioned architectural firm Donnelly and Hazeltine of New London, Conn. in 1906 to build them a summer home among the grand summer estates in the Oswegatchie Historic District. Now for the first time in 20 years and only the third time since it was constructed, the estate has been put on the market by current owner Dr. Robert Goldberg.


Situated on a cove of the Niantic River, the stone and shingle residence features distinctive architectural elements such as windows of differing shapes, sizes and groupings including eyebrow windows, asymmetrical connections between the gables and gambrel roofs, and a design that blends the home into its natural surroundings. A two-story carriage house and water tower feature the same design approach as the main residence. A waterfront deck, large trees, 206-foot sandy beach and pool complete the 1.86-acre grounds. Upgrades have been handled with respect to the original style of the property.


“This beautiful property is the crowning centerpiece of the Oswegatchie Colony,” said Don Shannehan. “It’s also a remarkably intact example of the quintessential resort-era New England summer estate.”


“The design of this home is an extraordinary demonstration of form and function,” said Kathy Shannehan. “Its unique design combined with its perfect integration with the environment make a definitive statement that this home belongs on this site.”


Oswegatchie translates from the Algonquin language to “tea colored water.” Due to improvements in transportation, in the 1890s the area began to draw wealthy individuals seeking to establish summer retreats from major cities. Many purchased farmland and then constructed cottages along the water. Today the historic district is comprised of American Colonial Revivals and Classic Revivals among homes in other styles.


For more information on the property, located at 23 Shawandassee Road in Waterford, Conn., please visit the firm’s website here.


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