“Built in 1840 by successful businessman and patron of the arts, Jonathan Sturges, the Jonathan Sturges “Cottage” is one of the first wooden American Gothic Revival Houses built in the United States. Designed by a prominent English architect, Joseph C. Wells, as a summer residence for Mr. Sturges away from his home in New York City, the Cottage has grown to some 35 rooms, 11 staircases, 13 fireplaces, 4 kitchens and 6 stories, including an ice house below the cellar and the book tower at its pinnacle.
“Six generations have occupied this historic residence, which is presently owned by Polly Roessler and Lenie Epifano, great great granddaughters of Jonathan Sturges. In 19th century England, if one’s home was not a castle or a villa, then it was referred to as a ‘cottage.’ British Architect Joseph Wells was likely influential in the selection of the name. The cottage was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.”