AUBURN, N.Y. – When Elizabeth Koening and her husband Dr. Paul heard that the Dulles house, also known as ‘The Warden’s House’, at 67 South St. in Auburn was on the market, they made plans to see it.
“My husband and I were always looking for projects and as soon as we walked through the elegant front doors and saw the beautiful, museum quality interior, we knew this was an awesome opportunity,” said Koening.
The house had sat vacant for five years. Koening and her husband are the first private owners since it was sold to the State of New York by the Dulles family in 1932. For over 80 years, the home was the residence of the Warden for the Auburn Correctional Facility, with inmates regularly brought over to serve as groundskeepers and other functions.
“The house needed a lot of work, but it was in a great location on a full acre of land,” said Koening. “It offered us a glimpse of the past and we wanted to restore it to leave it better for the next generation.”
The home has a long history, with the original structure being built in 1833. One of the most notable of its residents was a teenager named John Foster Dulles. As an adult, Dulles was Secretary of State under President Dwight Eisenhower through the late 1950s. The Dulles Mansion is also less than a half mile from The Seward House, home to William Henry Seward who served as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations.
After Koening and her husband purchased the Dulles house, they received a special gift. An autographed photo from Carol Burnett came to the couple. Carol Burnett sang a song on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 called “I Made A Fool Of Myself Over John Foster Dulles,” which launched her career.
The renovations and restoration projects in the home have taken Koening and her husband the past five years. Of the many rooms of this house, Koening said her favorite room is the double parlor on the first floor.
“That room brings a lot of happiness. We have hosted a lot of exclusive events, from non-profit galas, to music festivals, memorials, birthday parties, weddings, and more. It is so wonderful to watch people gather there and see their smiles,” said Koening.
Under the care of Koening and her husband, the Dulles Inn has been added to the National Registry of historic places, has a New York State Historical Marker, and was granted City of Auburn Local Historic Landmark status.
Koening said the home is move-in ready for new owners with a vision for the future of the 1840 Dulles Inn. She and her husband will be staying in the area, loving life.
For Koening, she will miss the diversity of people visiting the home.
“With all of the different functions we hosted, I got to watch people come to the house and see their smiles as they made memories with each other. It warmed my heart to witness it all. I was the privileged one,” Koening said.
For more information on the history of the 1840 Dulles Inn, please visit: dullesmansion.com
Address: 67 South St., Auburn, N.Y. 13021
Size: 8,800 square feet
Acreage: 1 acre
Monthly Mortgage: $3,401 (based on this week’s national average rate of 4.75 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)
Total taxes: $13,560 (Based on assessed value of $600,999)
School District: Auburn
Kitchen: There are two kitchens, both a guest kitchen and butler’s kitchen in this home. There is also a walk-in pantry and breakfast area in the butler’s kitchen.
Bedrooms: There are eight bedrooms in this home. On the second floor three of the bedroom suites have their own fireplaces. Two of the bedroom suites also have their own sitting rooms with televisions. There is a fourth guest bedroom on the second floor as well. The third floor are the private owner’s quarters with its own bedroom suite.
Bathrooms: The main house has six full bathrooms and one half bathroom. On the second floor there are four full bathrooms, two with walk-in rain showers and two with cast iron tubs. On the third floor in the private quarters there is a full bathroom with a restored six-foot cast-iron, clawed soaking tub. In the carriage house there is a full bathroom and half bath which was put in for inmates to use when working on the property during the warden house years.
Living areas: This home has three floors of living space. On the first floor there is a double parlor, library, dining room which leads to the solarium, guest kitchen, and first floor laundry, a butler’s kitchen and pantry with breakfast area, and mudroom. There is also laundry on the second floor. The third floor is the owners private living quarters which includes a bedroom suite and office. The home includes most of the chattels.
Outdoors: This house also has a detached Victorian carriage house. Black walnut trees were removed around the carriage house and the West side of the building was raised and rebuilt as well as it was sagging into the ground. There is a gathering room and one and a half bathrooms inside the carriage house.
Agent*: Michael DeRosa
Michael DeRosa Exchange, LLC
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 20th Floor, Suite 2000, New York, N.Y., 10111
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*This house is co-listed with Michael Franklin
Address: 1406 N. State St., Syracuse, N.Y., 13208
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