Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Former Home of Nobel Award-Winning Author and Playwright Sinclair Lewis


Bronxville Tudor, built by renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, features preserved library of American literary icon

Bronxville, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) — Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that the firm has listed the former home of Nobel Laureate and American novelist, short story writer and playwright Sinclair Lewis. Located in Bronxville, N.Y., the historic Tudor was built by renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, long considered the dean of Tudor Revival homes in America. The property is represented by Bronxville agent Kathleen Collins, and offered at $3,365,000.

Sinclair Lewis was the first American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to him in 1930 in recognition of his masterful art of description and ability to create new types of characters. Some of his most notable works include Main Street, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, It Can’t Happen Here and Babbitt, a satirical novel that was especially praised in the Academy’s presentation speech awarding his Nobel Prize. Lewis resided in this Bronxville Tudor home during the height of his career from 1934-1937, and is known to have hosted numerous gatherings here, which were attended by notable contemporaries such as Noel Coward and H.G. Wells.

Constructed in 1924, the five-bedroom, three and a half-bath residence lies on a uniquely large .74-acre plot of level land at the end of a quiet neighborhood lane. Various original features remain throughout the home, including a library commissioned by Lewis to be added for writing purposes. This peaceful space has been carefully preserved to retain the aura of its original use. Features include wide-plank floors, a lofty barrel ceiling, huge fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Up a half-flight of stairs, Bowman’s timeless architectural style is evident throughout each of the spacious and elegant first-floor rooms, which seamlessly open onto expansive terraces surrounded by formal gardens, an outdoor bar, heated pool and cabana. The light-filled home’s paneled dining room and living room contain oversized picture windows flanked by original leaded glass panels that overlook pristine views of the property.

“History is undoubtedly alive at this incredible Bronxville home,” said Collins. “Upon entering the library, visitors are transported to an inner sanctum of the twentieth century icon. This feeling only continues throughout the home, which has been exquisitely maintained and updated to meet today’s lifestyle. A stunning interior showcasing timeless Bowman architecture, as well as a convenient location near New York City, make this an ideal home for today, and a wonderful way to commemorate a glorious past.”

For more information on the property, located at 17 Wood End Lane, please visit the firm’s 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.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Kathleen Collins

Real Estate Agent




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