William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Salisbury Estate of Nuclear Arms Control Activist Herbert Scoville Jr.

Salisbury, Conn. (August 8, 2016) — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that the firm has listed the 100-acre Salisbury, Conn. estate of nuclear arms control activist Herbert Scoville Jr. Remaining in the same family for over 150 years, the French Norman-style manor is now for sale for the first time. Kent agents Ira Goldspiel and Howard Schissler have the listing, which is offered at $6,100,000.

Scoville helped to develop nuclear weapons in the late 1940s with the Defense Department’s Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, but eventually became an activist for nuclear arms control. In working for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the 1960s, he played instrumental roles in the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks with the Soviet Union and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1979, he helped found and became president of the Arms Control Association, and was a very high-profile public figure in the discussion of nuclear disarmament and how nuclear stability can exist between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

Scoville passed away in 1985, and his widow Ann Scoville—an artist whose sculptures are still on display throughout the estate grounds—very recently passed away. Scoville’s children are now selling the property.

Built in 1927 by architect Joseph D. Leland, the home offers several modern updates while preserving the majority of its original details and fixtures, many of which were imported from Europe. Standout spaces include the dining room with fireplace and 18th-century English paneling, fully equipped chef’s kitchen with three pantries, living room with fireplace and natural wood ceiling, library with English paneling and fireplace, grand terrace, and unique spaces specific to the era it was built—ladies’ and mens’ rooms, coat rooms and a flower-arranging room. Situated on 100 acres with uninterrupted mountain views, the 13,000+/- square-foot home has 12 bedrooms including two master suites and seven full and three half-baths. The grounds have gardens dating back to the early 20th century, a recently added heated pool and extensive lawns ideal for lawn sports. There are also woods, ponds and walking trails, one leading to an 1890 stone and brick water tower with an 80-foot staircase up to an aerie with 360-degree views.

“The home is truly exquisite not only for its history, but also its construction,” said Goldspiel. “In 1931, the property was featured in Town & Country Magazine for its masterful design, materials and authentic interpretation of  French Norman-style architecture. Years later, the home still possesses all of its quality and charm, and I am thrilled to be showcasing its distinct grandeur to the community.”

For more information on the property, located at 70 Beaver Dam Road, please visit the website here.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.9-billion portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 28 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

­Ira Goldspiel

Real Estate Agent




Howard Schissler

Real Estate Agent



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