On the market: Greens Farms home architecturally, historically ‘significant’
Updated 7:08 am, Sunday, August 2, 2015
In the mid-1800s the Alvord family owned a parcel of land at 295 Greens Farms Road where a Federal or Greek Revival dwelling stood. That house was built in 1840.
According to a Historic Resources Inventory document from the Connecticut Historical Commission, the Alvord-Wells House, also known as the Nelson Alvord House, on the property is now a three-bay, gable-ended house re-worked in the Italianate Colonial Revival style circa 1881. The house remained in the Alvord family until 1927 when it was sold to Sheldon Wells.
Prepared by architectural historian Mary E. McCahon in May 1988 for the Westport Historical Society, the document says the house is an “architecturally and historically significant house that contributes greatly to historic character of (the) road.”
The 3,046-square-foot antique house has “deep, bracketed, over-hanging eaves that return on the gable end” and are a result of the 1880’s Italianate remolding. The open soffit porch with colonettes dates to the Colonial Revival but the four-over-four windows are from the 1880s Italianate renovations. Wings have been added to both sides of the house although no date for such additional structures is mentioned in the document.
With spectacular period details inside and out, the nine-room house has retained its heritage while more recent remodels have brought it into the 21st Century with countless improvements that blended old and new. Those reminders of past and present sit side by side. Outside, the house sits on a 2.36-acre property where there is a new bluestone front walkway and stone driveway with a border of Belgian block and by that driveway is a rustic, cast iron hitching post, a remnant of the house from an earlier era.
Inside, there are wide-planked wood floors, perhaps chestnut, in some rooms while one room has flooring of very narrow boards. It has an open floor plan and unusually high ceilings for a house of this time period. The ceilings are nine-feet-plus tall and have deep, dentil crown molding.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Antique Italianate Colonial Revival
ADDRESS: 295 Greens Farms Road
FEATURES: short walk to Greens Farms train station and Burying Hill Beach, historic house, two fireplaces, 2.36-acre parcel, nine-foot ceilings, all window treatments, storm doors and windows, insulated windows, exterior lighting, patio, porch, invisible fencing, walk-up attic, 200-amp service, two 250-gallon oil tanks, five bedrooms, new furnace three years ago, front and rear staircases, brick and stone foundation, detached two-car garage, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
The kitchen is on the smaller side compared to today’s standards and yet it is outfitted with quality appliances including a special Viking Bluestar six-burner range and Electrolux Icon refrigerator, and appointed with granite counters, white subway tile backsplash, hardwood floor and eat-in area. The kitchen has a door to the spacious backyard, which includes a number of mature plantings and trees.
Also on the first floor is the formal living room, formal dining room with a fireplace, the paneled family room, which also has a fireplace and may have been the dining room of the original house, and a wrap-around sun room with a stone floor, ceiling fan and transoms over the windows.
There is a wonderful warren of bedrooms on the second floor, all of which have pinewood floors. Many of the walls on the first and second floors are papered, and although the wallpapering is relatively new it replicates papers of an earlier period in history.
Adding to the modernity, the house is a short walk to the Greens Farms Railroad Station for easy commuting. Burying Hill Beach is also within easy walking distance.
Past generations made their memories here. Now it’s time for the next family to create their own memories here, perhaps for many generations to come.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Fran Burger of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-682-0883 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.