The Compound, with 500 feet of frontage on Long Island Sound, has been the treasured summer retreat of one family for over eighty years. Now, for the first time in its storied history, the estate is being offered for sale. The centerpiece of the property is two large, three story crescent shaped “twin” cottages built in 1917, each with its own carriage house. The architect of the houses was Herbert C Wise of Philadelphia who drew a plan for one cottage and then flipped it over, using it as a mirror image for the second one. In addition to designing residences, Wise’s practice was primarily concerned with collegiate architecture (he designed buildings for Wellesley College, Princeton University, and the University of Colorado, among others) and he was the founding editor in chief of House and Garden magazine in 1901. The 2+acre property was assembled in stages with the first of the two cottages bought in 1930 and its neighboring “twin” acquired some years later. In 1951, a nearby house was purchased. With that acquisition also came adjacent land including a tennis court and considerable open space that could support an additional house. The conversion of the two cottages for year round use is possible while the third house was winterized several decades ago. The compound offers plenty of room for multi-generational or extended families: the two cottages are each approximately 4500 square feet; one has nine bedrooms, the other eight. The third house has four bedrooms and the carriage houses could provide additional sleeping accommodations for overflow weekends or staff quarters. Uninterrupted views of the Sound from virtually every room of all three houses, a tennis court and a heated swimming pool complete the picture for idyllic summers or year round living in picturesque Madison, Connecticut.