SOLD | Built 1876 | 4,355 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 3 Baths | 0.63 Acres
154 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06513
When built in 1876, this Victorian Gothic house was one of three show pieces that graced the highest ridge of Fair Haven Heights. The house was built by Dr. Mary Blair Moody, the first female to practice medicine in the New Haven area. In 1915, the home’s second owner, Albert Haasis, a chemist and executive of the Dixon Pencil Company named the house “Chetstone.” Passionate about art and horticulture, he kept lavish gardens replete with peacocks and filled the house with artwork, including an attic full of whimsical rabbit paintings, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. In its 144-year history, Chetstone has only had five owners and as a result has retained its architectural integrity and excellence: from its brownstone foundation and cistern pump in the cellar, to original trim, mouldings, doors and working gas lamps throughout.
Additional historic features include double parlours with a pocket door, built-in bookshelves, marble-topped vanities in three of its bedrooms, inlaid hard wood floors, a wrap-around porch replete with gothic detail, a tower room, two marble fireplaces and a full-size, wood and rope elevator (still in working condition). Additional features include newly painted exterior, new boiler, radiant-heated floors in kitchen and bathrooms, “guest room” with en-suite bathroom, half bath on first floor, and a stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances, original cabinetry and a second tea/coffee bar sink.