These fields are alive with the sound of music.
A magical 240-acre compound — with a Georgian colonial manor inbuilt 1938 — is available on the market for $12.6 million. The Stonington, Conn., property, at 91 Sergio Franchi Drive, is owned by Eva Franchi, the widow of world-renowned tenor Sergio Franchi.
Sergio, who carried out with Ella Fitzgerald, sang at Carnegie Corridor and the White Home, was a daily on “The Ed Sullivan Present” and headlined a Vegas present for 3 a long time — was a collector of vintage automobiles. He first got here to this property within the late Seventies to have a look at some retro wheels, and ended up shopping for the property whose fields, bushes and stone partitions reminded him of his hometown in Italy, Eva says.
All the things in the home, from the dishes to towels and antiques, had been purchased domestically by Sergio. All he introduced with him when he moved in was his automobile assortment — and his prized 1925 Mercedes “Queen” remains to be parked within the storage. Sergio handed in 1990 and Eva is lastly able to promote and transfer to her new residence in Beverly Hills.
The seven-bedroom essential home is 6,300 sq. ft. It contains a music room with a high-domed ceiling and a crystal chandelier. Eva says it will echo when Sergio hit the very best notes singing right here.
Unique particulars embody hand-carved moldings and doorways with brass handles modeled after acorns. There’s additionally a proper eating room with stained-glass home windows and painted by hand wallpaper of canines searching boars by Zuber — the identical wallpaper that then-First Woman Jacqueline Kennedy used to redecorate the White Home.
The house additionally options a big nation kitchen with a walk-in china closet and black-and-white checkerboard flooring, a big sunroom with an indoor pool and a slate patio for al fresco eating.
Sergio studied structure earlier than he grew to become a singer, and his imaginative and prescient is obvious all through the house. Upstairs, he redesigned the principle bed room to turn out to be two rooms linked by an archway and used materials on the couches and chairs that Jackie O had apparently additionally chosen for her first house with John F. Kennedy.
The property was previously a farm owned by George C. Moore, who based an elastic manufacturing firm. Sergio transformed the cow stalls right into a storage for his automobiles, and the freezer home grew to become his studio, the place he liked to color. He additionally transformed a small instrument home right into a chapel, putting in stained-glass home windows taken from an property in Greenwich, Conn., and naming it after his mom.
The couple would have dinners there by wisteria-clad stone pillars and formal gardens with mature bushes, serenaded by native musicians enjoying Italian songs, with rolling fields and open pastures within the background.
Eva continued to host concert events in her husband’s reminiscence for 25 years following his demise — and high singers like Giada Valenti, James Valenti, Latonia Moore and David Miller have carried out there for 1000’s of live performance goers. The exhibits increase funds for the Sergio Franchi Music Scholarship Basis, which awards $35,000 to $40,000 in scholarships to younger singers annually and has given over 800 grants and scholarships because it was based.
William Pitt Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty agent Tammy Tinnerello has the itemizing