Only an estate of the highest caliber could remain in the hands of a single family for over 150 years—including nuclear arms control activist Herbert Scoville Jr.. Now for sale for the first time ever, the stunning French Norman-style manor in Salisbury, Conn., is listed with Kent agents Ira Goldspiel and Howard Schissler, and offered at $6,100,000.
Scoville is widely regarded for developing nuclear weapons in the late 1940s alongside the Defense Department’s Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. He later became an activist for nuclear arms control, working for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the 1960s. During those years, Scoville 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. He then went on to help establish and lead the Arms Control Association, becoming president of the organization, as well as an extremely high-profile public figure in the world of nuclear disarmament and stability between the U.S. and Soviet Union.
Following Scoville’s death in 1985, his wife, Ann Scoville, remained in the house, using her artistic ability to continue adding character to the estate with her display of sculptures throughout its grounds. The Scoville children have now put the family property on the market after their mother’s recent passing.
The grand estate was originally built in 1927 by architect Joseph D. Leland, and has since been updated to meet modern demands. The majority of its historical features, however, many of which were imported from Europe, still remain in pristine condition, preserving the character of the beloved home. Highlights include the dining room, which contains 18th-century English paneling, as well as a fireplace, the fully equipped chef’s kitchen with three pantries, a living room with fireplace and natural wood ceiling, and a library with English paneling and fireplace. A grand terrace, in addition to many unique spaces specific to the home’s original era, such as ladies’ and mens’ rooms, coat rooms and a flower-arranging room, are also found throughout the residence, adding to its glamorous, old-world appeal.
Pristine both inside and out, the 13,000+/- square-foot mansion, which boasts a total of 12 bedrooms including two master suites, seven full and three half baths, resides on 100 acres of land with flawless views of the surrounding mountains. The grounds also offer exquisite gardens from the early 20th century, a recently added heated pool and extensive lawns for sports and entertaining. Beyond this, there are also woods, ponds and walking trails for residents to enjoy. One path even leads to an 1890 stone and brick water tower with an 80-foot staircase leading to an aerie—and just imagine those 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.”
You can also contact Kent agent Ira Goldspiel by phone at 917.626.3481, or by email at Igoldspiel@williampitt.com. Kent agent Howard Schissler can be reached at 917.304.0871, or by email at Hschissler@williampitt.com.