An 1840 Colonial home in New England has something extra - a 14,000-square-foot art gallery. Located in Sharon, Connecticut on 51 gated acres, the home and gallery were owned by Melva Bucksbaum, one of America’s leading art collectors, curators and patrons. A philanthropist and trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ms. Bucksbaum died in 2015 and the estate is now on the market priced at $20 million.
The 9,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath main house has been completely restored and updated while remaining sympathetic to its history. Nestled into the lush mature landscape, outdoor living is emphasised with terraces, open porches, second-floor porches and screened porch overlooking countryside views. Spacious public rooms invite large-scale entertaining and multiple fireplaces ensure a warm atmosphere in most rooms including the kitchen and master suite. There is also an attached greenhouse potting area for green thumbs. Also on the grounds are three separate guest houses, pool and a caretaker’s house. Were these structures the only ones on the property, it would be considered one of the most exceptional in Litchfield County. However the main event, The Granary Art Gallery, makes it one of the most unique homes in the entire country.
Built in 2009, The Granary was designed by architect Steven Learner and built by Structure Works. In addition to four gallery areas, it has two art-storage vaults accessed by a glass freight elevator. Perfect temperature and humidity levels are maintained through a geothermal heating and cooling system. The mezzanine conversation level contains a seating area, art library and study tables. The home, art gallery, guest houses, pool and acreage are priced at $20 million. Listing agents are Graham, Peter and Carolyn Klemm of Klemm Real Estate, Washington, Connecticut.
Photo credit: Structure Works