On the Market / Stone and shingle house once home to World War II writer
FAIRFIELD — Each street in the Town of Fairfield is like a page from a history book, and many of the people who have called this town their home have made an impact on significant events in American history, sports, innovation, medical research, entertainment, and criminal justice, including the man who built the gray colonial house at 341 Crestwood Road.
Many of the names are familiar: Roger Ludlowe - a founder of Fairfield, Timothy Dwight - a president of Yale College, World War II Medal of Honor recipient Michael J. Daly, Olympic gold medalist Julie Chu, actor Keir Dullea, tennis star James Blake, multiple Grammy Award-winner John Mayer, Broadway composer Richard Rodgers.
Some of the town’s connections to historical events are less obvious but no less important. The unassuming house on Crestwood in the University neighborhood has a connection to World War II and its aftermath. The house was built in 1947 by Jack R. Nowitz. According to the current owners, as well as archived photos from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collections in Washington, D.C., and accounts from at least two published books, Nowitz was a lawyer on the staff of the Judge Advocate General, General Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army.
Nowitz worked with Ben Ferencz, chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, taking depositions from concentration camp survivors and collecting evidence that was used in the prosecution of war criminals.
“He also wrote a published work of fiction (“The Crimes of War”, published in 1979) that was inspired by his experiences in the war. I have a copy,” one of the current home-owners said.
It’s rather weighty to understand the role that Nowitz played and to walk in his footsteps, quite literally. The next owner of the house will have a chance to appreciate every day the actions of that heroic man as they walk the halls and rooms he and his family once occupied.
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Nowitz built the 3,797-square-foot stone and shingle house in a very convenient location that’s great for commuters, close to the Post Road (Route 1) and only a mile from the Metro train station. The I-95 on-ramp is only about five minutes away. Walk less than a half a mile to Gould Manor Park, which has a tennis court, pond for fishing and ice skating, a playground, and two baseball fields. The house sits on a half an acre level property in a neighborhood where a yard that large is unusual. This entire neighborhood also has sidewalks and it’s a great place for walking and biking. The house is set back from the road adding privacy to the setting.
Subsequent owners have re-designed, updated, and transformed it, bringing it into the 21st century. The front door is framed by tall sidelights and opens into the foyer, which has a hardwood floor in a herringbone pattern. There is a custom pattern floor in the formal dining room as well. In the formal living room there is a wood-burning fireplace and French doors that lead into the family room, where there are wood paneled walls, a wet bar, and sliding door to the large wood deck and private backyard.
In the kitchen there is a tile floor in a Harlequin pattern, a breakfast nook, ceramic tile backsplash with decorative tile inserts, and a five-burner cooktop. The office or study has walls of built-in bookshelves and sliding doors to the deck.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 341 Crestwood Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FEATURES: 0.51-acre level property, sidewalk, large wood deck, exterior lighting, one mile to Metro Train station, wet bar, easy access to I-95, convenient to shopping and restaurants, easy walk to Gould Manor Park, one fireplace, storm doors and windows, natural gas heat, central air conditioning, professional landscaping, two-car attached garage, full unfinished basement with hatchway, attic, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Holland Hill Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 25.82 mills
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The master suite has a window seat, three walk-in closets, and an updated bath. One other bedroom is also en suite. The other two share a hall bath. On the third floor there are two more bedrooms, a media or playroom, and a full bath.
The unfinished basement has a large flexible-use room and a utility room.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Ellen M Fusco of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-257-7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.