Wadsworth Mansion

Project Overview & Specifications

  • Project Location:
    Middletown, CT
  • Project Architect:
    David Scott Parker Architects
  • Owner:
    City of Middletown
  • Completion Date:
    December 1999
  • Cost Range:
    $3,433,550
Wadsworth Mansion is the 16,000-square-foot former summer residence of Colonel Clarence S. Wadsworth (1871–1941). The Mansion is nestled in the rolling hills of the western portion of Middletown, Connecticut. In 1900, Colonel Clarence S. Wadsworth began planting thousands of carefully placed trees and shrubs on his vast plot of farmland in rural Middletown. He chose the name "Long Hill" for his well-designed, naturalistic woodland area, and he built his summer mansion there around 1911. He and his wife lived there and entertained guests until his death in 1941. At that time, the land was split and the State of Connecticut received a portion from Wadsworth in his will. The remaining land and estate had several owners, and the mansion became a retreat for a religious institute. Upon the retreat's closing, the mansion sat vacant for years and fell victim to heavy vandalism and arson. Finally, in 1994, the City of Middletown purchased the burned-out estate and decided to bring it back to life. Kronenberger & Sons performed the complete interior and exterior restoration to both the mansion and some portions of the estate’s grounds. The restoration highlights include selective demolition, structural repairs, carpentry restoration, millwork, new flat and ornamental plaster and plaster repairs, modern plumbing installation, and HVAC and sprinkler system installation.The renovations were completed just in time for its first event, a wedding on December 31st, 1999. The fully restored mansion is now a wedding and events venue, with offices leased on the second floor. It hosts outdoor markets and concerts open to the public in the summer. Wadsworth Mansion is #96000775 on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The building was a burnt shell when they arrived and now it is one of the premier wedding facilities in Connecticut. Magazines have utilized the building for photos and it has been recognized by Frommers as one of the most beautiful places to get married in the United States. Kronenberger and Sons returned the building to its former glory and has helped maintain its beauty since.” – Debroah Moore, Executive Director, Wadsworth Mansion

Press Mentions

At long last, Long Hill

Author: John Christie, The Middletown Press
1/9/2000

City receives grant for estate renovation

Author: Erik Hesselberg, The Middletown Press

Local contractor the low bidder on Wadsworth restoration project

Author: William Weir, The Middletown Press
12/1/1997

Long Hill Mansion Contract Is Signed

Author: Bill Daley, The Hartford Courant
12/1/1997

Long Hill Project Within Budget

Author: Bill Daley, The Hartford Courant
11/21/1997

Mansion of Glory

Author: William Weir, The Middletown Press
12/24/1997

Restored Wadsworth Mansion is one key to our county's continued economic growth

Author: Larry McHugh, The Middletown Press
1/15/2000

Wadsworth Mansion Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony Program

Author: Larry McHugh, The Middletown Press
1/8/2000

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