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New Hartford, Connecticut
The Philip Chapin House
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A grand residence of singular grace and beauty, this elegant Victorian is one of the finest examples of Northern Italian Renaissance style architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chapin House was built in 1867. Majestically sited on two acres of expansive lawns overlooking the historic town green. The grounds encompass 100-year old maple trees, an in-ground pool and bluestone patio, half basketball court and two original outbuildings – a former privy that is now a changing room, and a carriage house.
The art of fine living has been perfected in this exquisite home brimming with original architectural features rich in ornamentation. Both the interior and exterior are graced with fine examples of elaboration and decoration. Of note are the impressive belvedere that sits atop the home and the wraparound veranda. Inside, intricately carved moldings, gilded cornices, 7 working fireplaces, 10 antique gas chandeliers, graceful arched doorways and windows and gold leaf valances reveal a high degree of refinement throughout the home’s 4,800 square feet with an unfinished third level offering an additional 1,680 square feet.
Enter via black walnut double doors into the foyer which features the original winding black walnut staircase. Generously proportioned rooms boast 12 foot ceilings on the first floor and 10 foot ceilings on the second floor further enhancing the home’s grandeur. Entertain in grand fashion in the ballroom and the banquet-sized dining room adorned with magnificent gold leaf mirrors and valances, extensive moldings and relief ornamentation. The music room and parlor are equally as impressive. The study is graced with the original built-in walnut desk and bookcase and conceals a hidden room. The period kitchen has been restored with a walk-in pantry, wood burning fireplace, ash floor, wainscoting, encased refrigerator and leaded glass period lighting. The 14 rooms also include two offices, a billiard room, workshop and a well-appointed wine cellar.
The home offers 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths. All of the original built-in furnishings remain to suggest its opulence. Each of the chambers has a corner marble sink, one with sterling silver faucets, and one full bath has a mahogany¬ encased copper tub and hidden shower.
This beautifully preserved home is truly a rare treasure.
Archived in February, 2013