October Home Personality: Homes with history

916 Pequot Avenue, Southport, Conn., Built 1874, $2,250,000, Michelle&Company/William Raveis RE, 203-454-4663

Our feature home of the month: Poised on Southport’s most coveted street, the Captain Thorp House is a gracious 1873 Georgian Colonial, originally built by Sea Captain Walter Thorp, of the prominent Fairfield Thorp family.

The property was later home to Simon Banks, proprietor of the Banks Shipping Line, who renovated the home for the first time in 1892. Celebrated local architect Cameron Clarke completed the second renovation in the early 1900s.

Featured in Better Homes and Gardens, the home comprises a classic floor plan and distinctive living spaces, which have been carefully preserved to maintain their historic character. Four original fireplaces, high ceilings, and custom built-ins can be found throughout. The dining room features crisp dentil moulding and floor-to-ceiling windows; French doors open to a spacious sunroom that originally served as a porch.

An expanded, modern kitchen, designed by Melissa Adinolfi of Lifestyle Kitchen and Bath Design, features professional appliances, custom Vermont cabinetry by Tedd Wood, and a black and white tiled marble floor.

Outside, covered porches lead to beautiful architectural gardens, a terrace surrounded by flowering trees and a gunite pool and spa. The property’s red barn serves as storage and garage space or could be renovated to create a pool house or studio. A custom slate roof is crowned with an iron widow’s walk and a compass rose adorns the floor of the center hall, harkening back to the home’s maritime roots.

Located in the heart of historic Southport Village, the Captain Thorp House enjoys a prized location within walking distance to restaurants, train, beach, and harbor.