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Inside late tenor Sergio Franchi’s eccentric $12.6M compound

These fields are alive with the sound of music.

A magical 240-acre compound — with a Georgian colonial manor inbuilt 1938 — is on the market for $12.6 million. The Stonington, Conn., property, at 91 Sergio Franchi Drive, is owned by Eva Franchi, the widow of world-renowned tenor Sergio Franchi.

Sergio, who carried out with Ella Fitzgerald, sang at Carnegie Hall and the White House, was an everyday on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and headlined a Vegas present for 3 many years — was a collector of vintage vehicles. He first got here to this property within the late Seventies to have a look at some retro wheels, and ended up shopping for the property whose fields, timber and stone partitions reminded him of his hometown in Italy, Eva says.

Everything in the home, from the dishes to towels and antiques, have been purchased domestically by Sergio. All he introduced with him when he moved in was his automotive assortment — and his prized 1925 Mercedes “Queen” remains to be parked within the storage. Sergio handed in 1990 and Eva is lastly able to promote and transfer to her new house in Beverly Hills.

The huge home boasts 6,300 sq. toes.
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The seven-bedroom primary home is 6,300 sq. toes. It encompasses a music room with a high-domed ceiling and a crystal chandelier. Eva says it will echo when Sergio hit the best notes singing right here.

Original particulars embrace hand-carved moldings and doorways with brass handles modeled after acorns. There’s additionally a proper eating room with stained-glass home windows and painted by hand wallpaper of canines searching boars by Zuber — the identical wallpaper that then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy used to redecorate the White House.

The house additionally options a big nation kitchen with a walk-in china closet and black-and-white checkerboard flooring, a big sunroom with an indoor pool and a slate patio for al fresco eating.

Swanky retro elements include an indoor pool.
Swanky retro parts embrace an indoor pool.
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A bedroom inside the home.
One of the house’s seven bedrooms.
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Sergio studied structure earlier than he grew to become a singer, and his imaginative and prescient is obvious all through the house. Upstairs, he redesigned the principle bed room to develop into two rooms related by an archway and used materials on the couches and chairs that Jackie O had apparently additionally chosen for her first condominium with John F. Kennedy.

The property was previously a farm owned by George C. Moore, who based an elastic manufacturing company. Sergio transformed the cow stalls right into a storage for his vehicles, and the freezer home grew to become his studio, the place he cherished to color. He additionally transformed a small device home right into a chapel, putting in stained-glass home windows taken from an property in Greenwich, Conn., and naming it after his mom.

A living room inside the home.
A front room contained in the Connecticut mansion has a hearth.
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The couple would have dinners there by wisteria-clad stone pillars and formal gardens with mature timber, serenaded by native musicians enjoying Italian songs, with rolling fields and open pastures within the background.

Eva continued to host concert events in her husband’s reminiscence for 25 years following his loss of life — and prime singers like Giada Valenti, James Valenti, Latonia Moore and David Miller have carried out there for hundreds of live performance goers. The exhibits elevate funds for the Sergio Franchi Music Scholarship Foundation, which awards $35,000 to $40,000 in scholarships to younger singers every year and has given over 800 grants and scholarships because it was based. 

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tammy Tinnerello has the itemizing

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