COLORBLENDS purchased the house, a fine example of Colonial Revival architecture, from Nationstar Mortgage LLC and Fannie Mae in a short sale on December 4, 2013, five years after it was put on the market.
The house was built in 1903 for Albert S. Wells, general superintendent of the Bridgeport Malleable Iron Company. It is set among other beautiful houses in the Stratfield historic district in Bridgeport.
The Long Road to Restoration
Colorblends intends to bring the house back to its former glory. Initial steps have included opening up three porches that were enclosed over the years and clearing out the basement, which had been divided into nine small rooms during a period when the house was used for private tutoring. Other previous uses of the house were as offices for an architect and before that a doctor who also lived there with his family. Fortunately, many original elements, such as the woodwork on the stairs and several stained glass windows, have been spared over the years. Replacing them would have been prohibitively expensive, if not impossible. The goal is slow, steady progress towards restoration. During the Spring while the garden is open, the House will also be open with a pop-up gallery featuring works of local artists.
The Pop-up Gallery
In 2018, the newly renovated Colonial Revival mansion was filled with art of all kinds created by local artists: Aisha Nailah, Alan Neider. Amy Kaplan, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Joan Wheeler, Kristen Ambrosi, Looketha, Michael J Clocks, Roberta Chambers, and Silas Finch.