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Newly Listed Westport Manse Once Belonged To MoMA Founder

This Federal colonial in Westport once belonged to Edward Warburg, who was a founding member of  the MoMA in New York City.
This Federal colonial in Westport once belonged to Edward Warburg, who was a founding member of the MoMA in New York City. Photo Credit: William Pitt Sotheby's
The home at 79 Coleytown Road in Westport has an English garden, meadows and 100 feet frontage on the Aspetuck River.
The home at 79 Coleytown Road in Westport has an English garden, meadows and 100 feet frontage on the Aspetuck River. Photo Credit: William Pitt Sotheby's

WESTPORT - A Coleytown Road Federal Colonial that just went on the market has a notable pedigree: It once belonged to a  founder of the Museum of Modern Art, philanthropist Edward Warburg.

A descendant of the Warburg banking dynasty, he served as a trustee on the MoMA's board from 1932 to 1958.

Warburg also started the American Ballet - George Balanchine's first American company - in 1933. At the time, ballet was little known in the United States.

Set on 2 acres next to the Aspetuck River, the 13-room home built in 1785 has gated entries, stone walls, English garden, pool, spa, tennis court and meadows.

At the time Warburg owned it, the estate encompassed 40 acres. Today, 37 of those acres now form the Newman-Poses Nature Preserve.

Warburg died in 1992 . The property is now owned by Christine Romann, who bought it for $1.05 million in 1993.

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