Sherman Parsonage Historic Home Remodel
Architect/Designer | Mingolello & Hayes Architects
Builder | John Paul Development
Developer | John Paul Development
Photographer | Neil Landino Photography
A landmark in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Sherman Parsonage was built in 1816 for $20,000, the area’s most expensive of the time. It eventually served as a parsonage, and inspired a children’s book, The House with Sixty Closets. It sat quietly stood for two centuries until a devastating fire in September, 2017. After the fire, the property was slated for demolition when the builder purchased it in early 2018.
Determined to save the landmark, they worked with the historical society to restore the exterior and rebuilt the interior to make better use of available space with a very livable open floor plan, while staying true to the grandeur of the original home. The end result is a mixture of 19th century-meets-sophisticated modern style, with all new framing, plumbing, electrical, and luxury finishes intermixed with elements saved from the home, including exposed beams and supports, and the original staircase.