RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has listed a 1900s Colonial estate previously owned by Gerard Herrick, creator of the HV-2A Vertaplane, an aircraft that operated with both conventional airplane and helicopter capabilities.
The home at 77 High Ridge Ave. in Ridgefield is represented by Wilton agent JoAnne Fisher, and offered at $3,15 million.
Herrick, a lawyer who often tinkered with engineering, successfully created a convertible aircraft, or “Convertiplane,” that operated with both conventional airplane and helicopter modes, offering vertical take-off and landing.
The HV-2A began flying successfully in 1936, and could cruise at 100 mph with only 60 feet of runway to take off. Despite varying models, the HV-2A aircraft served as the main model for all future Convertiplanes.
Herrick, subsequently known as the “dean of convertible aircraft designers,” used the home as his summer retreat, eventually moving here permanently with his wife, Lois, until his death in 1955.
A large HV-2A propeller later found in the residence’s garage was sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains on display.
The home, originally constructed in 1900, and its surrounding 3.16-acre property have undergone numerous updates and changes.
During alterations to the lawns and the driveway, a British cannon ball was unearthed. According to town records, the cannon ball had been fired April 27, 1777 during the Battle of Ridgefield on Main Street.
The property consists of a Colonial-style main house with wraparound porches, a two-story pool house and mosaic-tiled pool, a tennis court, a detached garage with a full gym and separate caretaker, rental or home office cottage with its own private entrance.
The main residence has formal public rooms with Old-World detail, family rooms, various updated features, amenities and more.
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