Publishing Legend Maxwell Perkins’ Former Greek Revival Home Lists in New Canaan
Of all Fairfield County towns, New Canaan is known for its multitude of original midcentury moderns, but it also has no shortage of older gems. One such property, the Fitch-Ayres-Perkins House, just listed for $3.495 million.
Maxwell Perkins, the publishing great known for helping to guide and launch authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway and for editing the work of others like Thomas Wolfe and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, lived in the Greek Revival for 23 years up until his death. According to a New York Times article from 2004, Perkins wrote to Fitzgerald himself in 1924 saying, “I told you we’d bought a house in New Canaan. It has the face of a Greek temple and the body of a spacious Connecticut farmhouse.” Built in 1836 yet beautifully reimagined in recent years, it has evolved since Perkins owned it but is still just as charming and unique in its stylistic blendings.
The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has much to offer a buyer. Within its 5,700 square feet, original features such as bespoke moldings, wood-burning fireplaces, and wide plank floors remain intact. Meanwhile, modern edits like glass railings and walls of windows add 21st-century flair. While only moments from downtown New Canaan, the stately grounds and exterior feel worlds away.
Historic yet fresh, the three-bedroom home has had many chapters. In its almost 200 years, the New Canaan Advertiser reports it has been a boarding house and The New Canaan Country School but also drawn in other creative residents. Architect Richard Bergmann, whose work on the New Canaan town gardens was featured in the Smithsonian’s Archives for American Gardens, lived here for 45 years until 2018 and simultaneously used it for his offices. For a buyer interested in this idea, the property has a special permit that even allows for an 8-person business without requiring residency.
Inger Stringfellow of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the special listing.