One of the most architecturally significant houses in the peaceful Hudson Valley community of Warwick, N.Y., has been put on the market. Originally designed by New York City architectural firm Lamb & Rich, several years after they designed Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, the house is full of fascinating interiors that reflect the passing of time. Asking $1.1 million and set on 1.6 acres, the seven-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom is listed by Keith B. Seard of KBS Realty.
Warwick started out as a rural settlement in colonial times. The arrival of the railroad in the mid 19th century brought industrialization to the town, while later in the early 20th century, the village became known as a weekend or summer town for New York City residents, drawn by the fresh air. In fact, Warwick was even mentioned in “The Great Gatsby” as the site of a house party.
The 5,456-square-foot house was commissioned by Judge John J. Beattie, who came from several generations of Warwick residents. In 1900, the following was written about him: “Judge John J. Beattie, of Warwick, N.Y., […] he was as fair a judge as ever sat on the bench. If he had any prejudice or leaning for one side or the other it could not be discovered. […] Of him it is said that the evil-doers of the county hold him in wholesome fear; that he has always tempered his decisions with justice and mercy. He is a man of large physique, of commanding presence, a kindly, benevolent face, and every inch a judge.”
In the heart of the charming village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is a completely adorable mishmash of numerous periods and styles, ranging from Shingle Style to Queen Anne, to Romanesque to the well-preserved midcentury kitchen. The house groans with scores of years of history, quirky and fascinating.
The house embodies the spaciousness and ease of the era; there are seven fireplaces and the bedrooms all boast huge closets. Period features include pristine hardwood floors, original woodwork, and stained-glass windows. Nooks and crannies abound, including meandering attics, the screened sleeping porch off the primary bedroom, and the secret room in the curve of the grand staircase. The eat-in kitchen is basically a time capsule within a time capsule!
There is also a legal accessory dwelling unit for staff, or even Airbnb, and an additional 2,000-square-foot carriage house offers endless possibilities. The grounds provide plenty room for a pool or even a tennis court.
While the next owners will undoubtedly make some updates to the dignified old house, it’s to be hoped the place will be as loved by the next generation.