There is a Palladian-style classic house in New Canaan, Conneticut designed in 1982 by world renowned architect Allan Greenberg that was owned by George Lichtblau who was the inventor of the clip-on, anti-shoplifting tags in retail stores. This classic house is on the market priced at $8.5 million.
The house was named Huckleberry House and it sits on 8.4 acres of land with views over Silvermine Pond. The main house is measured at 9,235 square feet with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, formal rooms, a dining room with painted Chinese wallpaper, kitchen with Culin & Colella cabinetry and millwork, mahogany library and unique serpentine stairway and seven fireplaces. The grounds of the estate include a guest house, heated swimming pool, pool house and attached two-car garage.
Huckleberry House is listed by William Pitt of Sotheby’s International Realty.
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What Is It Like to Live in an Allan Greenberg Home?
World-renowned architect Allan Greenberg founded his firm in 1972 and now employs eight architects, a preservationist, an architectural historian, and two certified green building professionals at offices in New York, New York and Alexandria, Virginia.
Greenberg and his team are world-renowned for their ability to honor classic styles while using the most modern construction techniques. Greenberg and associates offer full service from selecting the site to moving into the newly constructed home, but the essential difference in their firm is their ability to collaborate with the future homeowner.
Greenberg is famous for his ability to treat architecture as language for his clients. Every Greenberg home is the owners’ statement to themselves, to their friends and family, and, because of the fame of the firm’s work, to the world. Greenberg’s team has the technical skills to translate homeowner desires into engineering that works.
Greenberg homes are technologically advanced, soundly constructed, and clear statements in the art of architecture. One of the best examples of a Greenberg home is the Huckleberry House in New Canaan, Connecticut,
Creating an expression of both wealth and charity
Greenberg and associates designed and built the Huckleberry House in 1982 for inventor and philanthropist George Jay Lichtblau. Greenberg and Lichtblau chose an 8.4-acre building site overlooking Silvermine Pond. The 9,235-square-foot home was built in the Palladian style, a Venetian style of architecture that emphasized the classic proportions found in Greek and Roman temples. Over the entry to the house Greenberg designed a huge, triangular pediment in the same style as the temples of ancient Rome.
George Lichtblau and his wife Jane loved to entertain, especially dancing. Greenberg designed a ballroom with a soaring two-story rotunda for their social occasions. But their expansive home had ample room for living, with six commodious bedrooms and eight bathrooms and one half-bath.
The original floor plan of the house featured seamless continuity between rooms. The wings of the house were perfectly symmetrical so it was possible to walk in a circle around the house. The Lichtblaus commissioned Greenberg to design additions to their house in 1995 and 2006, but its original symmetry is still one of its most striking features. The central axis of the house is in perfect alignment with an Italian garden fountain to the west and a pool house to the east.
The dining room features hand-painted Gracie wallpaper, and the kitchen is equipped with Culin and Colella millwork and cabinetry. In Greenberg’s classic style, a spiral staircase set out of sight provides the only access to the second floor.
A style that is both gracious and generous.
After making his fortune as the inventor of the theft detection tags you encounter in every department store, Lichtblau and his wife retired to a life of charity. Lichtblau used his fortune to create a foundation to buy hearing aids for those who could not afford them, and provided the Hudson Institute and the Hope Sound Hope Chest with computers and printers for needy children.
After Lichtblau and his wife had both died, in 2017, the Lichtblau estate offered Huckleberry House at 99 Huckleberry Hill Road in New Canaan, CT, for $8,500,000. The property sold over three years later for $3,475,000.