Architecture Around the World with Alex: Connecticut

I am starting this blog to introduce my readers to architectural gems around the world. Each week I will discover a new home or property for sale in a different country.

We will review the photos, discuss what we like & do not like, and finally reveal how the home makes us feel. What emotions am I feeling from this piece of property? Would you live here?

So come along on our journey with our third stop in Connecticut, USA.

HISTORY OF THE AREA

-Founded in 1640 Greenwich, Connecticut is a vibrant cosmopolitan community considered among the most desirable in the nation.

-Greenwich offers more than 1,500 acres of beautiful parklands

-Connecticut’s State Animal: Sperm Whale

-State Flower: Mountain Laurel

QUICK HOME FACTS

-591 Riversville Road Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

-$27,500,000

-Single family home

-Built in 1775

-7 bedrooms, 9 full baths/4partial baths

 

“A lifestyle of memories, enjoyment & pleasure for years. Extraordinary equestrian estate with a Grand Ball Room which entertained celebrities & Head of State. Lovely sculptured verdant gardens, sparkling pool, tennis court, Mt. Vernon playhouse, gym house, carriage house, fancy chicken coops, gorgeous barn with stalls, cottage, apple orchards & more!”

 

WHY I LIKE THIS HOUSE

When I see this house, I think of a traditional American Colonial home, specifically Georgian style. The architecture is very classic, with symmetry and orderliness. It’s gorgeous! I appreciate the fact that this house comes with a lot of land and even has small farming capabilities. The grounds are also beautiful and well-kept, which makes me want to take a stroll through them.

The traditional black and white color combination adds to the charm of this home, and it looks like it could be used as a backdrop for a movie or television show.

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

When I first saw this house, I was drawn to the peacefulness of the architecture. The home is large but the sturdiness of the architecture and warmness each room gives off makes me feel at home. I would want to spend carelessly free summer days enjoying serene grounds with my family. You could have a fresh farm to table breakfast, enjoy an early morning swim, then ride horses in the early evening before dusk. Who wouldn't want to live this tranquil lifestyle?

HOW I WOULD IMPROVE IT

I would not want to change the structure of the home because we are working with a historical property. Furthermore, the “bones” of the home are classic and we don’t need to make any major changes other than kitchen and bathroom updates, wallpaper, paint etc.

I love the shape of the staircase and the lovely formal dining area. However, the furniture is really dating this place. There seems to be too much furniture in a few rooms. Each room has an individual theme but the cohesiveness is missing.

I would clean up the excess furniture and add a modern touch to play off the duality of old and new combination. Specifically, I would like to focus on the all-pink room.

As mentioned above the bones are great. The fireplace is beautiful, the trim on the walls are lovely, but I would add a chandelier in the center for extra overhead lighting. I see this direction heading towards a glam-makeup room for the lady of the house to enjoy her morning and evening beauty routine.

Keeping the integrity of the room I would add a few pieces from my pink collection that would really raise the vibe from comfort to glamourous makeup room for a queen.

Rosei Sofa

Cubism Stool

Charlotte Occasional Chair

Gemma Cabinet, Sideboard

Pluma Occasional Chair

Source:

  1. https://portal.ct.gov/About/State-Symbols/The-State-Flower
  2. https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-colonial-american-house-styles-178049
  3. https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1180-djsb23/591-riversville-road-greenwich-ct-06831

 

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