NEW CANAAN — The Playhouse of New Canaan is a red brick structure with white trim and black shutters that was identified as “exceedingly attractive in appearance,” in the May 1928 issue of The American Magazine of Art, found on the website

Built in 1923, the Playhouse was designed by architect Calvin E. Kiessling. Were the author of that article still alive they might use the same words to describe the house that was designed and built seven years later for Kiessling. His family home at 1 Wahackme Lane, off Wahackme Road, is not brick but stone. It was constructed on a 1.78-acre level property as a Cotswold-style Tudor and has a slate roof.

The current owners of the house, Gretchen and Richard Fedeli, made updates and alterations to the house without compromising the integrity of its original exterior, which appears as it did when it was first built in 1930. The Fedeli’s responsible renovations were appreciated by the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, which in 2014 presented them with the Presidents Award for Preservation “for their extraordinary preservation of the historic site.” According to the Alliance website “This Award celebrates the preservation of the structure: Interior updates and alterations do not impact the exterior appearance of the house, maintaining its original windows, doors, exterior finishes and existing landscaping.”

It wasn’t just the appearance that the owners changed in the renovation. They also gave the house all new systems as well as a new kitchen and baths, period windows and French Doors, and reclaimed old beams.

This charming 4,089-square-foot house is set back from the road, accessible from its semi-circular driveway, stone steps and new flagstone walkway that lead to the arched front entrance painted in a pale sage green color, as are the shutters and a window box. Adding to the charm is that one section of the front façade is clad in ivy.

Inside, the many improvements include refinished hardwood floors and floor grills, new Woodridge quartzite stone floor in the powder room, recessed lighting throughout the house, and new wooden plantation shutters in all the bedrooms and the kids’ lounge. Custom California Closets were installed in the mudroom, playroom, linen closet, and three of the home’s four bedrooms including the master suite.

The front door opens into the 40-foot great room, which has a cathedral ceiling in one section with pecky cypress wood, cove lighting, exposed beams on the ceiling and walls, and a large stone fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry and shelving. The dining room is open to the great room and it has two built-in china cabinets and French doors to a sizable flagstone patio, part of which is covered. This patio has a stone sitting wall.

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Kitchen features include a custom center island with a breakfast bar for three, a farm sink, Pompignan flamed limestone floor, Bianco Carrara marble countertops, new plumbing fixtures, butler’s pantry, built-in desk area, and sliding doors to a new flagstone patio lined in Belgium block. Among the high-end appliances are the Wolf four-burner gas range, Thermador double ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. One wall in the kitchen comprises white-washed red brick and has shelving for cookbooks and cookware.

The master bath has a marble vanity. An office has built-in bookshelves and French doors to a Juliet-style balcony.

In the walk-out lower level there is a playroom.

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STYLE: Stone Cotswold-style Tudor

ADDRESS: 1 Wahackme Lane

PRICE: $2,195,000


FEATURES: 1.78-acre level property, slate roof, whole house 20 km Generac generator, rear stairs, shed, terrace, wet bar, porch, open and covered flagstone patios, professional landscaping, one fireplace, storm windows, walking distance to Irwin Park, close to town and Metro North train station, new kitchen and baths, fenced vegetable garden with raised beds, shed, Weil McLain boiler and hot water heater, zoned oil heat, 200 amp service, pull-down attic stairs, attic, full partially finished walk-out basement, attached two-car garage, two central vacuuming units (one in basement and one in attic), four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,333,360

MILL RATE: 16.312 mills

TAXES: $22,227

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Marsha Charles of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-904-4663 or