Stunning 1901 Palladian home constructed by the Colgate family. (see history below).
One of the very few historically important estates still available intact and as a residence in the US.
Home was constructed using granite mined on the property.
Wide carriage trails still exist thruout the 100 acres.
The most amazing workmanship and details. Truly a must see.
Year built: 1901
Location: Sharon, CT
Living area: 12,000
Baths: 5 full and 3 half
Land: 100 acres
Horse facilities: Fenced fields, barn with 6 stalls
Colgate Mansion History
One of the most beautiful homes in Connecticut is tucked away deep in the countryside of Sharon, in the Northwest corner of the state, surrounded by 110 acres (approx.).
It is known in the area as “The Colgate Mansion” and it was created for Romulus Riggs Colgate and his wife Susan by the award-winning architect J. William Cromwell, Jr.
The 18th century Italian Renaissance design of the stucco on stone structure is enhanced by the Palladian architecture seen throughout. Romulus worked meticulously with the architect on every detail, while Susan planned the décor of the twenty eight room interior.
Spacious, it is at the same time intimate, as no room except for the living room and Great Reception Hall, exceeds 23 feet in length.
Construction of the villa was started in 1903 but it wasn’t until 1906 that the Colgates moved into their palatial home.
They referred to it as the “Filston House,” as it was fashioned after Colgate’s grandfather’s estate in Kent, England, which was called “Filston.”
The unreported building costs were approximately $2 million ($43 million in today's dollars), with conjectures of another million spent on farm buildings, tenant houses, the carriage house, gardener’s cottages, greenhouses, the garage and other facilities. This did not include the extensive landscaping.
During the time they occupied the mansion the Colgates incrementally purchased parcels of the surrounding land, totaling three hundred acres.
Four immense Corinthian columns grace the entrance to the mansion. Forearm and fist, seemingly extending from within, hold in position two great cast-iron lanterns. Elaborate wrought iron gates, embellished with what is believed to be the family crest, open into the Great Reception Hall, a magnificent room designed to serve also as a ballroom. Pale green marble frames the hardwood flooring and oak neo-Gothic wainscoting beautifies the walls. Plaster of Paris caricatures of noblemen, English townspeople and clergy intermittently outline the lowered ceiling which is embellished with decorative detail and gold clusters.
Extending from the hall are the living room, dining room, study and billiard room and at the far end is an expansive Butterfly staircase.
The fireplace in the study is believed to date to the 17th Century was imported from Italy.
On the lower landing of the steps are Palladian windows opening onto a wide terrace. The upper stairway leads to a second level Center Hall.
The multifaceted tastes of Mrs. Colgate manifested themselves in this section of the house. The once Victorian décor of the hall, the French Empire motif in her husband’s bedroom and mixture of Louis XIV and XV appointments in her bedroom somehow blended very well with the Italian influence displayed elsewhere.
One of the most unique features of this beautiful home is that a majority of the original appointments, such as the hard-carved marble fireplaces, oak and walnut wall paneling and woodwork, Fontaine hardware and Mott and Fish ironwork are still intact.
The old water boxes with pull chains, tubs on feet, porcelain water handles with marble sinks embellish the grandeur of this majestic residence.
The twenty-five interior and landscape designers who were selected to decorate thirty-one areas of the mansion and itssurrounding gardens have each created an atmosphere befitting the splendor of the Colgate Mansion/Fliston House.
The Colgate Mansion was purchased in 1978 by the late Paul Leka, famous song writer and producer. He resided in the Mansion with his family until his passing in October of 2011. He sometimes used the Mansion as a recording studio. Mr. Leka lovedthe Mansion, the 110 acres of property and the beauty of Litchfield County. He invested his time and money maintaining the beauty and character of the Colgate Mansion.
Elevator. Radiant heat on first floor.
8 Fireplace(s), Attic, Cooktop, Dishwasher, Range, Refrigerator,
9 Ft+ Ceilings, Beams, Elevator, Walk-In Closet, Foyer, In-Law Apartment, Pantry, Staff Quarters,
Bedroom 1 is 22 X 24, and includes: Balcony/Deck, Walk-In Closet
Bedroom 2 is 18 X 19, and includes: Balcony/Deck, Walk-In Closet,
Bedroom 3 is 18 X 19, and includes: Walk-In Closet,
Bedroom 4 is 21 X 16, and includes: Walk-In Closet,
Other Room 2 includes: Stone Floor, Walk-In Closet,
Other Room 3 includes: Balcony/Deck,
Master Bedroom: 22 X 24, Second Floor.
One hundred acres of meandering trails. 40x50 reflecting pool.
Large front courtyard with boxwoods and fountain.
Possible adjacent land available.
Beautiful english stables
Number of Stalls: 5-6 but may be expanded