Ira DeVer Warner Villa

View of Restmore Villa; Source- Assessors
Historic/Common Name:
Restmore
Address:
375 Warner Hill Road
Town:
Fairfield »
Year:
1911
Historic Designation:
LHP, NR, SR
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Built by Ira DeVer Warner, the wealthy son of Ira Warner (who invented the health corset, manufactured at the Warner Company factory in nearby Bridgeport), the house was begun in 1910. Warner was a prominent local philanthropist and is known for his support of the YMCA as well as other urban welfare organizations including the Seaside Institute in Bridgeport. Ira DeVer Warner named this, his summer villa, 'Restmore', and patterned its design after Cecil Rhodes house in Capetown, South Africa (according to the publication Pictorial Fairfield). This H-plan Flemish Renaissance Revival house should be noted for its ground floor that is articulated as a continuous procession of alternating open and enclosed arcades that are supported by Tuscan columns and battered corners. These are broken by a single, Palladian window. The second floor appears to be relatively simple. All the gable ends are articulated as volute scrolls.

Significance of the property:

The house located at 375 Warner Hill Road (formerly known as 7 Half Mile Court) is significant in the social history of the community as home to a leading industrialist and philanthropic, as well as for its distinctive Flemish Renaissance Revival Architecture which is exceptional in the Town of Fairfield.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The site of this summer villa was originally some thirty acres, but is now substantially smaller and adjoined by numerous houses of more recent construction and of a much different character. One building nearby which is related in both period and design is located at 380 Warner Hill Road. That structure originally served as an outbuilding on the estate but is now a separate residence.

Features:
Buildings
Historic Use:
Residential
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Flemish Renaissance Revival
Era:
20th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Sturges Ellen
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.fairfieldct.org/.
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 1999, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] 375 Warner Hill Road, Fairfield, Historic Resources Inventory, Bedford Steven and Lucas Nora, 1988, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
[NR] Restmore, National Register Nomination Number- 09000467 NRIS, National Park Service. (Not yet digitized).

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the study report, 1999, SHPO library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation