Sunday, June 25 11 am to 4 pm
Six unique private properties will be on view in the Madison Historical Society’s fifth annual Tour of Remarkable Homes. The self-guided tour will feature an historic farmhouse, several waterfront homes, a luxury condominium, a contemporary sanctuary, and a beach cottage that was once a boarding home for shipbuilders and workers on Madison’s wharves. This highly anticipated event offers visitors the rare opportunity to explore private homes and gardens that are not generally open to the public.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and can be purchased online here or by calling (203) 245-4567. A program book with a map of the featured properties can be collected the morning of the event at 14 Meetinghouse Lane on Madison’s historic green.
All proceeds benefit the Madison Historical Society and support its mission of preserving and protecting the town’s rich cultural and architectural history.
Complete press release below:
Madison, CT – Six unique private properties will be on view in the Madison Historical Society’s fifth annual tour of Remarkable Homes on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The self-guided tour will feature an historic farmhouse, several waterfront homes, a luxury condominium, a contemporary sanctuary, and a beach cottage that was once a boarding home for shipbuilders and workers on Madison’s wharves. This highly anticipated event offers visitors the rare opportunity to explore private homes and gardens that are not generally open to the public.
Resting on a hill and nestled among the trees, a nearly 4,000-square-foot farmhouse sits on eleven lush acres just west of the town center. This historic property built in 1806 was the childhood home of famed nineteenth-century botanical illustrator Clarissa Munger Badger.
Formerly known as the George Munger House, named for Clarissa’s father, this magnificent property has been meticulously decorated with period antiques and lighting. It features five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with custom mahogany cabinetry, and an inviting main floor with ornate moldings and woodwork. A wrap-around porch with a large screened-in section adds to the warmth and charm of the property.
Built in 1902, a completely reengineered and redesigned colonial with views of Long Island Sound sits on one of the largest lots on Middle Beach Road. Located on the north side of the street, the home lies beside Fence Creek and has a private, permitted dock. The homeowner’s artistic eye for color and design are evident throughout the home. No detail was overlooked nor expense spared to create an oasis by the sea.
The serenity of the house is immediately apparent upon entering the foyer through its custom-designed mahogany door. A warm butter-yellow color adorns the walls of the main level. The south-facing property is light-filled and airy with large windows and french doors giving onto a bluestone patio. The outdoor space features a hot tub and plenty of seating where the family enjoys the beautiful Madison sunsets.
The nearly 2,500-square-foot, two-bedroom luxury condominium located in Madison’s desirable Mews complex is nothing short of spectacular. What sets this property apart is the meticulous attention to detail. From the navy blue doors and the use of wallpaper to create visual interest to the mixing of contemporary and traditional styles, the home exudes warmth and elegance.
The current owners purchased the home in 2013 and immediately embarked on a complete renovation of the interior. Walls were removed, floors redone, fixtures changed, cabinets added or replaced, window treatments removed, shutters added–and the list goes on and on. In essence, the whole interior was reimagined to create the perfect living space for a couple wishing to downsize to a home within walking distance of downtown.
A shingle-style beach cottage built in 1922 was designed for Alexander Calder and his family. The Calders were part of a group of Montclair, NJ, residents who made Madison their summer home. Indeed, one of Alexander’s granddaughters still maintains a summer cottage on the same street.
Originally painted white, with green and white striped awnings, this elegant home played host to Calder family members and their friends, who enjoyed all that a summer on the shoreline had to offer. With its spectacular water views and large, beautifully landscaped lot, this home has been completely updated as a year-round house but still maintains its classic charm. According to the current owners, the back bedrooms were originally used by the Calders’ chauffeur and cook. Legend has it that the cook’s homemade cookies brought neighborhood children to the kitchen door.
An extraordinary 5,400-square-foot contemporary home, completed in 2012, is truly at one with its glorious natural setting. Designed by architect Peter Jackson and built by William Plunkett, the house sits on the banks of Fence Creek, offering breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. Commissioned by an interior designer, the house was thoughtfully planned for multi-generational use by her family, particularly for her husband, a lifelong summer resident of Madison with deep connections to the town.
The house has four bedrooms, including two master bedrooms on the main level, all with water views. The center living/dining area features a soaring ceiling with clerestory windows. The kitchen, with its adjoining porch, is perfection. An elevator takes you to all three levels of the home. The third floor includes a yoga/art studio. The new owners’ collection of modern art is perfectly suited to this one-of-a-kind home.
A boardinghouse built in 1890 for shipbuilders working at the wharves in Madison has been transformed into an all-American summer cottage. Decorated by interior designer Iliana Moore in a classic New England beach cottage style, the first floor is done in blue, white, and sand, with accents of red. The charming dining room retains the original beaverboard, an early twentieth-century wood fiber wall material. The cozy living room is filled with nautical antiques. Pride of place belongs to a ship model, built by the owner’s grandfather and great-grandfather, when the former was just a boy.
The second-floor bedrooms are cheerfully decorated. On the third floor, what were once four dormitory-like bedrooms have been consolidated into three delightful bedrooms. The big porch invites family and friends to pull up a chair and enjoy the summer breeze.