One of Connecticut’s most stunning homes, the Colgate Estate in Sharon,Connecticut, is also one of its most architecturally magnificent, boasting a host of original details that reveal the residence’s rich history. Wandering through its nineteen grand rooms, one might take in the hand-carved marble fireplaces, Mott and Fish ironwork, walnut and oak wall panels and woodwork, and Fontaine hardware, or marvel at the Italian, French and Victorian influences, and imagine the home’s first owners carefully working with the architect to create a turn-of-the-century masterpiece.
Award-winning architect J. William Cromwell, Jr., began construction on the home in 1901 for Romulus Riggs Colgate, a grandson of the founder of a soap and perfume business that later became known for its famed toothpaste brand, as well as his wife. Colgate and Cromwell collaborated on the 18th-century Italian Renaissance design, apparent in the home’s stucco on stone structure and Palladian architecture, while Susan Colgate helped to develop the interior décor, crafting a spacious yet intimate feel. Her sense of style is still very much on display, from the Louis XIV and XV details in her bedroom to the French Empire motif in his.
The 12,000+/- square-foot residence welcomes guests with four enormous Corinthian columns, a statement indicating the grandeur to be found within. A great reception hall that could be used as a ballroom is entered through wrought-iron gates with a family crest, and features a number of beautiful adornments. In addition to oak neo-Gothic wainscoting and hardwood flooring framed in pale green marble, the room presents a series of plaster of Paris figures of English noblemen, townspeople and clergy outlining a decorative lowered ceiling with gold clusters. Notable details are discovered everywhere, with highlights including a butterfly staircase, Palladian windows, an imported Italian fireplace that is believed to date from the 17th century, and even old water boxes with pull chains and claw-foot tubs. Such a majestic residence needs an exceptional piece of land to go with it, and this one offers over 106 acres, including wide carriage trails, a horse barn with six stalls, reflecting pool and extensive courtyard with fountain and privets.
In addition to the Colgates, the nine-bedroom, five full and three half-bath home has also been owned by renowned singer and songwriter Paul Leka, author of such hits as “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” and “Green Tambourine.” Now listed with Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty, this luxurious property can be yours for $8,999,000.