THE HOUSE Sitting 40 feet above the water as the crowning jewel of the island and looking eastward toward the prevailing summer breezes, the Federal-style four-bedroom, four-and-one-half bath mansion is one of blended quality and class. Spanning 192 feet from end to end, one of the region’s rarest estates was built with rooms of modest proportions, intended to provide comfort and intimacy, framed with light, air, and maximum views of the spectacular surroundings.
Built with materials of the highest quality obtainable, with solid construction, no expense was spared when building or restoring the 19th-century mansion. The marble floors are imported from Belgium, wrought iron casement windows have leaded mullions, the wood casement windows have diamond-shaped lead millions and the wood floors are made of wide plank mahogany or original southern pine—all other millwork of original 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ original southern pine.
The exterior walls are 12" thick of solid oversized brick from Connecticut. Roofs are steep pitched, standing seam, solid copper with copper flashing, gutters, downspouts and snow guards. Eight tall brick chimneys rise at each end of the four primary roof gables with four working chimneys and four decorative chimneys. The two-story central portion of the house announces its eastern primary entrance into the rotunda with a mahogany-floored porch and four classic, round tapered wood columns topped with a handsome pediment, and a copper roof. The west garden entrance to the rotunda is framed with a 46' long, field stone floored, covered porch with six tall, fluted, round wood columns and copper roof, overlooking a 60' long row of mature azaleas, trees, and lawn beyond.
Second Floor of House The second floor over the central portion of the House has been used principally for storage and to some extent for recreational activity. Although not climate-controlled, the two rooms are well insulated and four double hung windows provide light and air and five eyebrow windows provide additional natural light. Considerable shelving around the perimeter of the larger room allows for storage.
Basement of House Two unfinished basement areas have ample headroom and are adequately lighted. The area under the kitchen is accessed through exterior stairs and three small windows provide some natural light. The larger basement area under the rotunda is accessible from inside the house. This area is divided into five rooms, housing the washer and dryer, a tool room, and plenty of storage. Brick walls are painted white and all areas are well-lit, climate controlled, and dry.