Well-Kept Georgian Manor Still Serving Generations

May 5, 2017 | By Gretchen A. Peck | See original article in Greenwich Time’s Real Estate section

The Georgian manor at 31 Sawmill Lane in Greenwich is approaching its 100th birthday. Through
subdivisions of land around it, updates and full-scale renovations since, it’s aged well.
According to historic records, C. Wadsworth and Mary Howard purchased 65 acres of land in
1917, where they built their stone home and named it “Stillpond.” They raised three children
there, and their daughter took over the estate with her husband, James Shellenberger, in 1944. It
remained in her family until the house was purchased by Jerry and Barbara Jordan. It is the
Jordan’s son, Doug, who has listed the property for sale with Jill Conway Marchak of Berkshire
Hathaway HomeServices.
The Jordans had a vision for a family compound, and subdivided the portion of the land they’d
acquired. It was Doug and his wife, Lisa, who began building their own home on the adjacent lot,
and by late 1999, the “compound” was brought to life. “We were able to actualize my parents’
vision, and we spent over 15 years sharing the same property and spending much time together
as our kids grew up.”

Doug’s wife, Lisa, has fond memories of her husband’s family home. It’s where she met her future
in-laws for the first time.

“It has always had such a warm, homey history,” she said. One of her greatest memories was
attending an annual Christmas party here, and walking in to see the staircase adorned in
greenery. She also appreciates some of the home’s historic but antiquated features, like coal
shoots and an icehouse where ice cut from a pond was stored before modern refrigeration
became the standard. There’s even a secret staircase that’s been preserved.

The original construction was solid and age defying. It’s said that the original stone came from a
quarry in Byram, and the original slate used for the roof was as much as two inches thick. “I know
this, because we have a roomful of spare pieces in the storage room below the garage
apartment,” Doug Jordan noted.

Otherwise, the home has been transformed through renovation and a reimagining of the
firstlevel floor plan. Doug’s father and stepmother retained the services of architect Jim Schettino
and builder Mike Rosa of MMR Construction to renovate the home, a large-scale project
completed circa 2002. In 2008, they embarked on another transformative project — this time,
adding on to the home, which Doug Jordan noted is likely the only foundational change since the
original construction.

 

See full original article in Greenwich Time’s Real Estate section.

Article by Gretchen A. Peck

Listing Agent: 
Jill Conway Marchak, Berkshire Hathaway Home- Services
(203) 869-0500 office
(203) 554-6775 cell
jillmarchak@bhhsne.com

Listing Details:
Address: 31 Sawmill Lane, Greenwich
Price: $5.395 million
Number of Rooms: 15
Features: The estate — situated on 3.02 acres — comprises a six-bedroom Georgian manor and a
carriage house. With three full levels (above grade), the main residence affords 11,273 square feet
of living space. It has been full remodeled and expanded from the original 1920 construction,
though many of the charming and elegant characteristics have been preserved. There’s also a
lower level, which includes a 3,000-bottle wine cellar. The lot is beautifully landscaped and
includes a free-form pool and spa, surrounded by a stone terrace and adorned with a waterfall.
Schools: North Street School Central Middle, Greenwich High