The historic and the modern join together to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind offering in Madison, Connecticut, now on the market through William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Known locally as the Tremaine Estate for its mid 20th-century owners, art patrons and collectors Emily and Burton Tremaine, the estate dates back to 1720 but experienced significant changes under the Tremaines’ ownership. In the 1950s they commissioned renowned architect Philip Johnson to re-imagine their property after forging a friendship with him based on a common love for art and contemporary architecture. From there, a masterpiece was born.
Johnson is well known for his modern designs including the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, the Kline Biology Tower at Yale University, and the Seagram building in Manhattan, which he worked on jointly with famed architect Mies van der Rohe. But the recipient of the very first Pritzker Architecture Price in 1979 is perhaps best known for his legendary Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. It was this property from which he drew inspiration for his modernization of the Tremaine Estate. To the property’s spacious 1720s barn, Johnson added a single wall of glass stretching from floor to ceiling, deciding to maintain the rest of the barn’s original design. The update effectively created a fascinating blend of its 18th-century roots with contemporary style. He also built a mid-century glass pavilion with views of the stone-walled courtyard, expansive lawns and swimming pool, bordered by an eight-foot wall.
Today, this magnificent property at 6 Opening Hill Road represents New England history partnered with modern sophistication and comfort. The main residence, a Cape that has been meticulously updated by its more recent owners with respect for Johnson’s vision, serves as a relaxed country retreat, and a two-bedroom guest cottage is also included. In total, the property has 3,204 square feet of interior living space, four bedrooms, and three full and five half baths, along with a private office and guest space to spare. Additional features include six fireplaces, central air, granite counter-tops wood floors, a full basement, security system and detached three-car garage. Outside, the property’s enchanting six-acre grounds are professionally landscaped, with garden areas and a lovely babbling brook. An outdoor kitchen was also recently added. Offered at $2,475,000, this exceptional property presents the opportunity to live in an incredible piece of Connecticut history.
To schedule a private viewing, please contact Margaret Muir at +1 203 415-9187.