Gilded Age Summer Cottage “Rock Gate” by Architect Ehrick Rossiter Pending Sale
$4,995,000 | Built 1895 | 6,945 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 3.13 Acres
51 Ferry Bridge Road, Washington, Connecticut, United States, 06793
An important piece of Washington’s history and a Connecticut Preservation Award-winning example of architect Ehrick Rossiter’s design legacy, Rock Gate is pending sale after dropping to $4.9 million. The property has been on the market since 2019 for as much as $6.2 million. It was built in 1885 as a Gilded Age “summer cottage” for General Lucious Barbour, a wealthy Hartford industrialist, art collector and Connecticut state legislator. Property records reveal it last sold in 2009 for $1.8 million just before a lengthly restoration, preserving the historic integrity of the house, while at the same time outfitting it to serve the needs of a modern and active family. The 9,000 square foot shingle style residence has 8 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 8 working fireplaces, a large kitchen, 2 dining rooms, a music room, library, living room and study. The original millwork and exquisite ornamental details were carefully restored, from the butternut-wood panels and ceiling ornamentations to the fireplace mantels and walnut and fir wood floors. The grounds extend 3.13 acre with lush greenery and a saltwater pool bordering Steep Rock Preserve’s nearly 1,000 acres of pristine woodland. Rock Gate is pending sale and on the market for $4.9 million with Kathryn Clair of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Photography and information found on agent’s listing.