The Samuel Wilbur Estate
Old Chatham, New York
One of the few brick Georgians in Columbia County, the Samuel Wilbur House is a stately reminder of the past. Wilbur, a NYS Senator during the Colonial era, created a home of outstanding beauty and balance. Huge original barns, bluestone patios, a pond and stream give the outdoor space an instant country feel. The home consists of five separate but connected living spaces, each with their own kitchen, baths and bedrooms. A family compound in a single building, a small inn or bed and breakfast. All of the finishes are of the highest quality, with many of the original details intact. The floors have over a century of patina, the moldings are hand crafted, the fireplace mantels works of art, exposed beams and bricks lend interest to the ceilings and walls. Updated where it's needed, particularly in the main kitchen where modern aesthetics give clean thought to this antique beauty. Wonderful new windows bring in the light and amazing old windows (the Palladian in particular) divide and cast the sun in exciting ways. All of the baths have been reclaimed, modern tile and glass breath new life into old spaces. A home that offers the best of old and new in a space big enough to make it all worthwhile.
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