Stone Georgian on Contentment Island by Architect Sean O’Kane
Contentment Island, Connecticut, United States
An imposing stone manor on Connecticut’s Contentment Island was inspired by a famed country house in Scotland. Architect Sean O’Kane drew inspiration from Greywalls, a well known Edwardian manor, designed by English architect Edwin Lutyens in 1901. Both homes feature an impressive curved stoned façade flanked by towering chimneys. Sean O’Kane also visited Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for further inspiration where many of the large homes are built of a local stone called Wissahickon Schist. Quarried in southern Pennsylvania for more than 300 years, E.M. Rose Builders tracked down the last quarry still in operation. All the stone used on the home is Wissahickon Schist. Several existing barn structures were restored on the five acre property overlooking the Long Island Sound which also features a 1,500 square foot guest house. The home was also featured on the cover of the Perfect Home Series book published in 2006. The 8,800 square foot manor with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms was last on the market in January of 2013 for $26,000,000. It never sold. Select photography by Barry A. Hyman.