WATERTOWN — Klemm Real Estate has brokered the highest sale ever in the town of Watertown - a historic estate once inhabited by a prominent brass industrial family with an asking price of $1.465 million.

The Klemm Real Estate firm represented both the buyers and sellers in the transaction, with Maria Taylor as the listing agent and Claudine Harding as the selling agent.

The “Starkweather House” is a Georgian Colonial home designed by Delano & Aldrich architects in the late 1920s. Built for Rodney Chase, Aviator and Advertising Manager of the family-run Chase Brass & Copper Company, which was founded by his grandfather, Augustus Sabin Chase.

Rodney named his country estate for his paternal grandmother, Martha Clark Starkweather.

The details from the 1920s of this high society estate can be seen throughout.

Designed for sophisticated indoor and outdoor entertaining, the property includes a pool, pool house, cabana and clay tennis court.

The secluded 11+ acre estate is enhanced by mature gardens designed by noted landscape architect, Agnes Selkirk Clark and has been maintained throughout the years.

According to an article originally published in the Town Times on May 18, 1972, and used as part of the property listing with permission: “At the junction of Colonial and McDonnell roads there is one of the oldest homes in Watertown, built in 1754 by John Woodruff. John Woodruff served for seven years in the Revolutionary War, was a Captain, and did not see his son Nathaniel until discharged. Family records show the Woodruff family produced sons only for four generations, then along came Carrie and Elsie. The original Woodruff home was a story and a half building, at one time painted red.

“It was added to over the years as needed by six generations of Woodruffs who lived there. The old homestead is now owned by Hayden Alexander. Straits Turnpike, when built in 1796, ran right in front of the house with a toll station to the south.

“There was a tavern opposite and north of the house and blacksmith east of the tavern. About 1840 there was a school house 100 yards east on McDonnell road taught by Carrie's aunt Nancy. The house at the end of the road was built by Frederick Woodruff and acquired many years ago by the McDonnell family whose name was given to the road.”

“I was thrilled to bring the buyer for the Chase property. I fell in love with the home the first time I stepped inside,” said Claudine Harding, Klemm Real Estate Agent. “It is a truly special property and one might imagine the social events throughout the years with such notable guests as Amelia Earhart and her husband George Putnam (who was a college roommate of Mr. Chase's) and William Hamilton, cartoonist for the New Yorker who left his mark with magic marker in the upstairs men's bathroom. The sellers preserved the history of the property and passed it on to my buyers who soaked up every detail and are thrilled to become the new 'caretakers' of the Starkweather House.”

For more information, contact Graham Klemm at 860-488-6635, g@klemmrealestate.com, or www.klemmrealestate.com.

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