PHOTOS: Inside the Long-Vacant Greek Revival at 4 Main St.

The new owner of the antique Greek Revival-style home at 4 Main St. is in talks now with the town-appointed body that oversees New Canaan’s Historic District. A neighborhood immediately around God’s Acre that includes 21 sites, the area is overseen by the Historic District Commission, whose sign-off is needed for exterior alterations to the buildings there. 

Arnold Karp of Karp Associates told during a recent tour of the home (see photos above) that his plan is to raze the long-neglected ca. 1780-built house and rebuild its iconic street-facing facade. 

“There is nothing historical left because it’s been renovated so many times,” Karp said. “So our concept is to keep the facade which is what is iconic about this building, just rebuild it [the facade], make it look like it [the house] has been here forever, and then build a home with a current floor plan behind it.

Builder, Owner Agree on Selling Price for Long-Neglected Home on God’s Acre

A prominent, 1780-built Greek Revival-style home on God’s Acre that’s sat empty for years is poised for restoration after its owner signed a contract to sell it to a local builder, officials said Monday. Arnold Karp of Karp Associates said he and the New Canaan man who owns the property have agreed on a price for the home at 4 Main St. A bank six years ago started foreclosure proceedings and needs signs off on the sale in order for the property to be transferred, Karp said. “Our concept is the keep the façade but the house has been leaking for years—it’s a mold factory—so you have to go in and rip the insides out and start fresh,” Karp told “The longer they wait, the worse it is for us.”

Karp said he’s in constant communication with attorneys representing the bank and is hopeful that the sale will close soon.

Local Builder Pursues Purchase, Restoration of Neglected Antique Home on God’s Acre

A prominent local builder said he’s contract purchaser of the dilapidated 1780-built Greek Revival-style home on God’s Acre and plans to restore the long-vacant antique. New Canaan resident Arnold Karp of Karp Associates told that he plans to demolish a recent addition to the back of 4 Main St. and preserve the street-facing façade, if salvageable. “It would look like the old house was saved and rectified,” Karp said. “It should be a win because the house is in the Historic District.”

If the purchase goes through—final approval is needed from a bank, which now owns the property—then Karp said the overall size of the structure will be reduced, under his own plan.