Every historic home tells a story, providing an immersive glimpse into the world of yesteryear and the prevailing attitudes, trends, and designs of the time. The Northeast in particular is home to some of the most beautifully historic homes in the country, some even older than the United States itself.
From a Brooklyn mansion with a carriage house to a 252-year-old Connecticut property with a natural rock pool, here are seven homes with histories as illustrious as their designs.
Upper East Side, Manhattan
A lavish Beaux-Arts style townhouse, this limestone was built in 1903 by architects James R. Turner and William G. Killian. The five-story landmarked home features high ceilings, eight wood-burning fireplaces, and a solarium.
Its main entry showcases an original wrought-iron grille on the front door, with a two-story oriel and square-headed openings above.
The 10,110 square-foot home features an additional 2,125 square feet of exterior living space that encompasses a tranquil garden and a roof deck with scenic views of Central Park.
Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, this home was built in 1915 and showcases the perfect balance of authentic, historic charm and contemporary conveniences. Hardwood floors, restored archways, and crown molding throughout imbue a sense of timeless elegance.
Additional highlights include a finished, three-story carriage house located in the home’s picturesque back garden that is perfect for housing guests.
Old Chatham, New York
Built in 1775, 47 White Bridge Road—also known as White Bridge Farm—encompasses 160 acres and has been thoughtfully restored. In addition to a main house, the sprawling property includes a barn complex with two guest suites, three miles of walking paths, and several gardens. The home's décor and ambiance make you feel as if you are in the French countryside.
Center Moriches, New York
A true piece of American history, this grand Victorian home was built in the 1890s by Captain Joseph Hastings. The estate compound includes over 6,000 square feet of living space in the main house, which is situated on six acres of sprawling grounds.
The home was fully restored and updated in 2004 but still retains its Italianate design, which was popular in the 19th Century.
This duplex condo is located in The Raphael. Originally built in 1891 as a church, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
The condo's modern interior design is juxtaposed with the building's exterior architecture, which includes a bell tower, turret, arched windows, and terraces.
Built circa 1911, this Edwardian Revival-style residence was one of the very first homes built in the landmarked historic district of Fieldston. Its fieldstone and stucco-coated facades, slate-shingle-covered gable roofs, and original oak hardwood flooring were designed by the renowned firm, Mann & MacNeille. The home epitomizes several of the prewar architecture trends of the early 20th century.
This 252-year-old-home, known as the Coley Mill House (a former gristmill), sits on a 2.5-acre property that includes a natural rock pool and country gardens.
An antique-lover's dream, the 3,465 square-foot home's exposed beams, hardwood floors, and classic built-ins imbue the home with historic charm.