Washington, Connecticut (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
This exceptional property is privately set on 109 acres. It was created for Romulus Riggs Colgate and his wife Susan by architect J. William Cromwell, Jr. just after the turn of the 20th century. The 18th century Italian Renaissance design is enhanced by the Palladian architecture seen throughout. There are over 12,000 square feet of living space. The main level is highlighted by the Great Reception Hall, a magnificent room designed to serve also as a ballroom. Pale green marble frames the hardwood flooring and oak neo-Gothic wainscoting beautifies the walls. Plaster of Paris caricatures outline the lowered ceiling embellished with decorative detail and gold clusters. The fireplace in the study is believed to date to the 17th century and imported from Italy. A majority of the original appointments, such as the hand-carved marble fireplaces, oak and walnut wall paneling and woodwork, Fontaine hardware and Motta and Fish ironwork are still intact. There are nine bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths, 8 fireplaces, and an elevator. The original carriage trails run throughout the acreage. There is an English barn with 6 stalls and a 40’x60’ reflecting pool.
The Colgate Mansion was purchased in 1978 by the famous singer, songwriter and producer, Paul Leka and his family. He was best known for the 1960’s hits, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye and Green Tambourine. He sometimes used the Colgate Mansion as a recording studio.
“One of the most amazing residences in Connecticut, if not in New England. Museum quality workmanship that never could or will be duplicated again” said Kathryn Clair, who with Pat Kennedy Lahoud are listing the property.
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