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Connecticut’s famous Swallen Home glass house costs $2.4 million


The Swallen House, a mid-century modern property in New Canaan, Conn., is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes — and is now on the market for $2.39 million.

The four-bedroom spread at 257 Wahackme Road is 3,388 square feet and sits on 1.24 acres.

It also notably includes a pavilion made of glass on all four sides, with a black chimney, and known as the “Madmen Room”.

It was designed by Harvard Five architect Landis Gores, who worked with fellow Harvard Five architect Philip Johnson on the famed nearby Glass House.

The main part of this listed house, built in 1954, was a prefabricated house designed by architect Carl Koch.

The current owners are Aileen Mastey, who is also the broker – along with William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby’s International Realty – and her financier husband Michael Mastey.

One of the four rooms inside the presbytery.
John Caropreso
Connecticut’s famous Swallen Home glass house costs $2.4 million
The Connecticut abode has a propane fireplace.
John Caropreso
Connecticut’s famous Swallen Home glass house costs $2.4 million
Tickle the ivories in the quaint cottage built in 1954.
John Caropreso

They bought the house in 2005 for $996,000. Although they planned to renovate it, they ended up doing a full rebuild on the existing foundation, which was completed in 2014.

Features include radiant concrete floors, an open kitchen and family room separated by a propane fireplace wall with pop-up doors – and a home office.

There is also a fire pit, terraces created from trees on the property and a generator.

“We’re selling to focus on rehabilitating another vintage property. We love mid-century moderns and didn’t want to see another New Canaan teardown being replaced by a McMansion,” Aileen said.


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