Washington Depot, Connecticut – June 2, 2014 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty today announced it has listed Rock Hall in Colebrook, Connecticut for $3,495,000. Rock Hall was designed in 1912 by noted American architect Addison Cairns Mizner (1872-1933) for Jerome Alexandre, scion of the Alexandre Steamship Company. Replete with original architectural details, the meticulously restored 10,000 square foot manor house is located on a 23 acre estate in Colebrook, Connecticut.
Mizner, renowned for his opulent design of residences for the most prominent families in North America, designed Rock Hall before he went to Florida to design the Everglades Club and a succession of oceanfront mansions in Palm Beach. His signature Mediterranean (or Spanish) Revival style indelibly transformed the architectural landscape of Palm Beach.
A complete 2005 restoration by the current owners included new interior systems throughout and the addition of period-appropriate fixtures, custom finishes and wall-coverings. Artisans gave new life to century-old original architectural details, resulting in the rebirth of one of the finest “new-old homes” in New England. In 2010, Rock Hall, the only remaining Mizner-designed residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line, was awarded designation on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.
Mizner’s use of native Connecticut field stone and stucco defines the facade of this esteemed historic gem, built in an H-shaped plan with wings rising to three stories. Large leaded-glass windows capture pleasing vistas of the park-like grounds attributed to collaboration between Mizner and the Olmsted Brothers Company, founded by the sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The property boasts one of Connecticut’s largest private collections of specimen trees, as well as mature perennial gardens. A lovely free-form pool spans 75 feet and adjoins a spa and a stone pool house. A free-standing yoga studio, a synthetic grass tennis court and a pétanque court complete this exceptional property.
“The current owners have such a reverence for the property, and their restoration was executed so perfectly,” said Associate Broker Rick Distel, who is the exclusive listing agent for the property. “Walking into the great hall and seeing the Mizner detail throughout, you feel as if the home has been untouched although the systems have created a modern living environment. To me, that is the hallmark of a museum-quality restoration. “
Name: Rick Distel
Title: Associate Broker, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
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