On the Market: Eliphalet Hull House, built in 1763, looking for a new owner
Published 1:57 pm, Friday, February 17, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Many early residents of Fairfield followed a long-held superstition of concealing shoes in the walls of their homes to ward off evil spirits and bring them good luck.
When the antique colonial Eliphalet Hull House was built in 1763 at 814 Hulls Farm Road, its owners apparently placed one adult’s and one child’s shoe in a wall. Those two shriveled leather shoes were unearthed during a subsequent renovation centuries later. Rather than placing them back in the wall, the current owners framed them and have them on display in the original keeping room.
Those shoes are part of Fairfield history. The house was built for Eliphalet Hull by his father, Cornelius Hull, one of Fairfield’s founding fathers. Eliphalet Hull graduated from Yale University in 1758 and served as a surgeon in the Continental Army. This original Hull homestead is one of two remaining in town.
The 3,982-square-foot house is part of Fairfield’s architectural heritage, as well. It was renovated in 1933 by Fairfield’s Cameron Clark (1887-1957), one of the country’s foremost restoration architects, who changed it from a simple saltbox to a Federal revival style. He preserved many of the original classic features — including wide-board chestnut floors and hand-hewn exposed beams — while improving its level of sophistication. A subsequent renovation made it suitable for today’s living, giving it a great interior-exterior flow for living and entertaining.
Clark’s wife, Agnes Selkirk Clark, a renowned landscape architect, left her mark on this 4.1-acre level estate as well. A three-season porch opens to the 1930s herringbone red brick terrace designed by Agnes Clark. This well-landscaped property creates a private outdoor sanctuary with outdoor dining and lounging areas that look over beautiful gardens, a gunite in-ground swimming pool, and pastures. On the brick terrace, there is a fire pit.
This house would be attractive not only to history buffs and gardeners, but also to equestrians. The property features a red two-story barn, which contains three vehicle bays, as well as two oversized box stalls, tack room, feed room, hay loft, bathroom and a party room on the upper level. To accommodate horses, this property features two pastures and it has immediate access to Fairfield’s miles of municipal bridle trails. That means there is no need to trailer horses to transport them elsewhere to ride. Fittingly, this property is close to Westport’s Hunt Club.
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The home offers privacy and accessibility. The white clapboard house with pale gray trim sits in the Southport neighborhood north of Post Road (Route 1), close to shops on Post Road in Westport and Fairfield and the Southport train station.
If entering the house from the original front door, which faces the street, one walks into the small foyer that has a staircase with decorative balusters and a hand-carved newel post. There are four fireplaces, including one in the living room and the keeping room, which was probably the original kitchen. Its large, red brick fireplace has the original kettle arm and bread oven. This room also has a wall of built-in shelving and cabinetry and a red brick floor.
In the formal dining room, there is another fireplace, two built-in china cabinets, paneled walls and two recessed window areas. The new chef’s kitchen has cherry cabinetry, granite counters, a long farmhouse sink, a tumbled marble backsplash, high-end stainless appliances including a DCS six-burner range, and French doors to a bluestone patio. There is an informal dining area and an open butler’s pantry with glass front cabinetry, granite counters and a wet bar. Off the kitchen is the family room with a window seat and built-in bookshelves.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial, Federal Revival
ADDRESS: 814 Hulls Farm Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
AMENITIES: Barn with over-sized animal stalls and three vehicle bays, horse property, paddocks and turnouts, 4.1-acre level property, historic home, gunite in-ground swimming pool, patio, porch, wet bar, four fireplaces, front and rear staircases, zoned heating and cooling systems, native New England stone walls, well water, two wells, wood shingle roof, shed, circular driveway, attic, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOL: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.45 mills
On the second floor, there are four bedrooms. Step up from the hallway into the master suite, then step down into its luxurious new marble bath with steam shower, soaking tub, a floating vanity, radiant heat floors and walk-in dressing room. One of the bedrooms has a fireplace, and another has a wash-up station.
This property of sylvan charm has open meadows and bordered in mature trees.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Linda Blackwell of Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate at 203-362-8316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.