William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Chimney Crest Manor Bed and Breakfast


Historic Bristol, Conn. property built in 1930 for the Barnes Family, Founders of global spring manufacturer Associated Spring Corporation

Bristol, Conn. (September 15, 2014) — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Chimney Crest Manor, a bed and breakfast in Bristol, Conn., constructed in 1930 for Henry Clark Barnes, descendant of the town’s first settler Ebenezer Barnes, is the firm’s exclusive listing. The Barnes Family is best known as the founders of Associated Spring Corporation, a global, and once the world’s largest, manufacturer of springs and precision metal components. Deb Boyd of the firm’s Old Lyme brokerage has the listing, which is offered at $825,000.

Now featured on the National Register of Historic Places, the property has a history that also includes an eight-year stint as the boys’ prep school Laurel Crest Academy. Today, the Tudor-style home is run as a bed and breakfast by owners Dante and Cynthia Cimadamore. Situated on 1.96 acres in the Federal Hill area of Bristol, the 10,579 square-foot mansion has ten bedrooms and ten and a half baths.

The property was built by Connecticut architects Perry & Bishop, who designed several buildings on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus including the administration building and Storrs Congregational Church. In Bristol, the architects designed the Barnes Memorial Chapel in West Cemetery, the Dudley Ingraham Bristol Hospital Memorial and other structures.

The large wooden entrance door opens to a foyer with floor-to-ceiling paneled oak wainscot. Living spaces include a dining room with marble mantelpiece and paneled walls with an egg-and-dart motif and modillion cornice, 40-foot oak-paneled living room with two cast-stone fireplaces and ceilings ornamented by plaster reliefs in the form of roses and fleur-de-lis framed in a diamond pattern, library with granite fireplace, Moorish-style arcade with Corinthian columns, six kitchens and more.

“With old world craftsmanship and magnificent architectural details throughout, this residence is a true show-stopper,” said Boyd. “The home has a fascinating history and multiple potential uses from multifamily apartments to corporate retreats to simply a private residence. It makes for an exciting purchasing opportunity.”

For more information on the property, located at 5 Founder Drive in Bristol, Conn., 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 $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firm Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally, the third-fastest-growing real estate company nationally, and the 23rd-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 more than 14,000 sales associates located in 700 offices throughout the United States and 50 other countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Deb Boyd

(860) 287-2782


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