A storied landmark renewed as the home of Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, hallmarked by singular beauty and uncompromising standards, this European-inspired country estate graces 22± private, park-like acres at the summit of Round Hill, the highest point in Greenwich, a 570±-foot elevation, commanding panoramic vistas all the way to Long Island Sound and the Manhattan skyline. No expense was spared in the nearly six-year restoration and renovation – featured in Architectural Digest (February, 2017) and honored with a 2015 Stanford White Award – in which the globally renowned fashion designer and his wife collaborated with the acclaimed talents of Andre Tchelistcheff Architects, Xhema Industries, interior designers Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Cindy Rinfret of Rinfret, Ltd., and landscape designer Miranda Brooks.
Designed by noted architect Greville Rickard and built in 1939 for real estate magnate Charles V. Paterno, this Great Estate later became the home of famed financier and art patron Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who displayed his eminent art collection and sculpture garden here before gifting it to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. Under the Hilfigers’ ownership, the painstaking reinvention of this historic property brings the elegant charm of its rich heritage to the highest caliber of modern standards, adding cohesive enhancements to the original design.
Meticulously restored and renovated with sensitivity to the historic architecture, this grand residence encompasses 13,344± square feet including six bedrooms, seven full baths, and three powder rooms. Six fireplaces, elaborately carved millwork, intricate plasterwork, decorative painting, wide-board and limestone floors, and fine textile wall-coverings highlight the trove of exceptional finishes. As another one-of-a-kind flourish, architect Greville Rickard designed images of himself and the builder in stained glass panels framing a stone archway. Extraordinary care was taken to preserve the original finishes while engineering the home’s new systems.Traveling up the meandering drive arrives at the stately gates of the dramatic entrance courtyard where the majestic manor comes into view, romantically picturesque among glorious gardens and shade trees in an atmosphere reminiscent of the English countryside. Preluded by the turreted entry, the beamed great hall presents an impressive reception space where the baronial Elizabethan-style staircase spirals upward in a soaring leaded-glass bay. The handsome carved millwork and palatial fireplace are also notable elements crafted in the tradition of the European masters, reflecting the home’s signature style of quiet grandeur and inviting warmth.Accompanying the more formal rooms are a theater room, family/game room, and lower-level wine cellar/tasting room – all refined with exquisite finishes. Six bedroom suites feature the comfortably elegant main suite with two baths, two dressing rooms, and an office/study.Conducive to entertaining, most first-floor rooms open to engaging outdoor living spaces in the idyllic landscape, inviting a stroll through the fountained rose garden, boxwood knot garden, water garden with fountained koi pond, and topiary garden. The sparkling pool, tennis court, and great lawn facing Long Island Sound also serve as focal points for enjoying the outdoors.A guest cottage, greenhouse, and detached four-bay garage complete this rare jewel, artfully remastered as a timeless home for the ages.
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