This gracious Colonial was built by one sea captain and years later purchased by another.
In 1799, Capt. Willoughby Lynde built the home; in 1824, Capt. George Dickenson bought it.
To regain the ocean view after it was lost by the construction of a home across the street, Samuel Dickenson raised the house, creating a new floor at ground level.
In 1878, a 1645 ell once belonging to yet another mariner, Capt. Samuel Doty, was added.
Marion and Richard Mazzella purchased the home in 2007.
At that time it was furnished with magnificent antiques, lit by a candle chandelier and had no electricity.
The expansive house, with an open main floor, contains two original fireplaces with beehive ovens, two more wood-burning fireplaces and two gas fireplaces. There are original wide planked pine floors and newer floors constructed of wood Richard purchased in Barkhamsted, choosing each board individually.
Richard and Marion tore out the old kitchen and added a wing with a family room, master suite and a bright new kitchen streaming with light.
The addition was built with superior craftsmanship and materials, bringing all the amenities one needs while blending with the original home, Sue Knapp, co-listing agent for William Pitt International Realty, said.
“The quality of craft and what they’ve done with that home, you’re not even living in an antique,” she said. “As much as the date might say 1799, it’s a twentieth century home.”
A translator of Italian and French in her former life, Marion, who loves cooking, ended up cooking at a takeout restaurant they opened in Chappaqua New York when their son decided to become a chef.
She brings her fondness for the art home to the Italian Bertazzoni stove in the gourmet kitchen, which has custom cabinets and an island constructed of walnut Richard had saved from 40 years.
To the left of the addition are the formal dining room and a small room with a fireplace.
Through a door and down a couple steps is the ell addition, where Richard exposed the beamed cathedral ceiling and added a chandelier he made from twigs.
“I think, really, the piece-de-resistance is that 1645 ell,” Marion said.
The original use of the paneled room remains unclear with some claiming it was a bakery and Howard Willard, an architectural antiquarian who completed some research for the Mazellas, saying evidence suggests it was more likely a ship’s store.
Whatever its true history, the Mazellas’ grandchildren spend countless hours at play in the “tavern”
“Our grandchildren love it and they pretend that they’re bartenders because the original bar is there and they stand behind it and take orders,” Marion said.
Likely the original keeping room, the living room contains a working beehive oven, where the Mazellas’ son has made pizza.
With six windows, the master suite overlooks the water and back garden, has a gas fireplace, double walk-in closets and a bath with a shared shower on one side of which is a toilet, Jacuzzi and vanity and on the other side a makeup vanity, another toilet and a sink.
A second master suite – with a wood-burning fireplace and a bath with a Jacuzzi tub, shower and double sinks – is known as the honeymoon suite because the Mazellas’ kids fight over who’s going to sleep there.
The third floor is the grandchildren’s domain and has three bedrooms, a bathroom with a claw foot tub and a reading room.
Moving to be closer to their children, the Mazellas are sad to see the house go.
“I think we’re going to miss everything, I really do, but family’s more important,” Marion said.