When a 1790s Farmhouse Collides With a 1990s Contemporary

From the road, this 1790s Federal-style farmhouse looks much like it did a couple of centuries ago when it was constructed. But get a little closer and you'll see more details, specifically a contemporary addition completed in 1992 by noted New York architect Peter Gluck.

The $1.75 million home in central New York spans 5,873 square feet with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. It's sure to appeal to history lovers and those looking for a more contemporary style.

The original house is on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places. The owners, who have had the house for 40 years, wanted to maintain the home's historic integrity, explains listing agent Christy Dahms. "The original farmhouse has been restored beautifully," she notes.

But the owners also wanted to bring a bit of their New York City modern style to the property, which led to their hiring Gluck to design the contemporary addition, Dahms says.

An open kitchen in the addition features cherry cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, and breathtaking views, Dahms says. The living room, part of an open floor plan with the kitchen and dining room, features 20-foot beams on the ceiling and a stone fireplace.

The home includes an art gallery where the owners have hosted events for 150 people. They routinely sponsor a local artist and hold shows on the property, Dahms says.

The home also features a 75-foot indoor lap pool, a workout room, and a master bathroom with a slate floor, radiant heating, and Japanese soaking tub.

The home sits on nearly 465 acres, which include an organic farm with 75 acres set aside for cattle. The property is rented to a local farmer who maintains its organic certification. Dahms expects a new owner to keep the property functioning as a farm, given the popularity of organic and farm-to-table produce in the area.

The property also has a round barn and two paddock areas, Dahms says. There are two streams, one of which is stocked with trout.

The home is about 45 minutes from Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame; an hour from the capital city of Albany; and three hours from NYC. It's an up-and-coming area that's attracting people who are interested in the organic and local food movement, Dahms says. This house presents its own feast for the eyes with a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new combining for a unique living experience.