On the Market / Burr Street home dates back to 1766
Published 12:00 am, Friday, November 3, 2017
FAIRFIELD — A residential structure built in or around 1766 may once have sat on a property at 667 Burr St. in Greenfield Hill. How much of that structure remains on that property is unclear.
Town assessment records found on Vision Appraisal mentions 1766 as the year a colonial house was built there. But information found in the town’s Historic Properties survey gives a date of circa 1855, according to Elizabeth Rose, Ph.D., library director for the Fairfield Museum and History Center. “It was owned by Mrs. E. Gould on the 1858 and 1867 Fairfield maps (probably Elizabeth Gould, widow of Daniel Gould who died in 1833). The house is described as originally an Italianate style building with a Colonial Revival style easternmost wing added in the early 20th century,” Rose said.
In 1937 it was leased to Oakley DeLamater who may have later purchased it, she said. According to Rose, landscape architect Agnes Clark - the wife of famed local architect Cameron Clark, worked on the landscape plan for the property. Decades later her work is still evident. The grounds are beautiful. Rose said the Museum and History Center has some drawings in Agnes Clark’s collection with DeLamater listed as the client. Rose was unable to find DeLamater at that address in the city directory leading her to suspect he may have purchased the house but lived elsewhere.
Whether this house was built in the 18th century or a hundred years later it has been meticulously maintained and lovingly restored. The current homeowners said the pale yellow house with black shutters and white trim has its original Dutch front door, many original hand-hewn exposed beams, and other historically significant details but it is perfectly suitable for modern day living. The house has been expanded to 6,735 square feet of living space. The public rooms are quite large. There is an au pair or guest suite with its own sitting room and kitchenette. Other modern amenities include a sauna, gym, hot tub, steam shower, and five gas fireplaces.
This quintessential New England home is set well back from the road on a 3.37-acre level property that also contains a two-stall antique barn and paddock. The circular driveway lined in Belgium block includes a circlet of landscaped shrubbery and a tree in front of the house. The front door opens into a small vestibule where French doors open into a larger foyer with deep set paneling on the lower walls. A reception or coat room comes in handy for entertaining friends and family.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Updated Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 667 Burr Street, Fairfield
FEATURES: two-stall antique barn, three-car detached garage, paddock, 3.37 private and level acres, generator, five gas fireplaces, au pair or guest suite, sauna, gym, terrace, circular driveway, front and rear staircases, full partially finished basement, convenient to downtown Fairfield and Metro North train station, proximity to Mt. Laurel Park Open Space, equidistant to Merritt Parkway and I-95, just minutes to the town centers of Fairfield and Westport, five bedrooms and five full and one baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High School
MILL RATE: 25.82 mills
Off the foyer there is a wood paneled library with three walls of nearly floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, one of them with a pull-out desk. Its fireplace has a blue tile surround and a paneled wall above it emblazoned with the Latin words “Scientia est potential,” which translates to “Knowledge is power.”
In the formal living room there is another fireplace, exposed beams, and French doors to a long stone patio and sitting wall. From the living room there are two entrances into the sun room, where its fireplace has a slate surround and decorative tiles depicting pine cones. This room also has a tumbled marble floor. The banquet-sized formal dining room has a fireplace with dentil molding on its mantel. A café-style door leads into the butler’s pantry, which has wood counters, a sink, and glass-front cabinetry.
A second café door opens into the good-sized gourmet kitchen, which has a large and long center island, granite counters, glass-front cabinetry with interior lighting, under cabinet lighting, a farm sink, and Viking six-burner range and grill. There is also a built-in desk area and an eat-in area with French doors to the patio. A wing off the kitchen houses the family room with a coffered cathedral ceiling, a fireplace, a wall of built-in bookshelves, and a wall of windows. From there two separate doors, which flank the fireplace, lead into an office with paneled walls, wall-to-wall carpeting, and casement windows.
The mudroom really should have another name. It’s too attractive to be considered a casual mudroom. It has a built-in window seat, a door to the side yard, and a window that looks into the family room. This wing also has a good-sized laundry room with a sink and cabinets and a large bathroom with a marble mosaic tile floor and shower.
On the second floor there are staff quarters with a kitchenette, full bath, and sitting room in one wing. The master suite has a large, spa-like marble master bath.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Andrew Whiteley of Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-258-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.