The Crane family made their mark on Dalton by constructing luxury buildings. Chilton House, one of the largest, has sold over $ 1 million Business

Dalton – The Crane family’s influence on the town of Dalton is reflected in the many family-built buildings on the west side of town near the Pittsfield town line.

The Chilton House in 101 Main Saint is one of the largest and most luxurious homes of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Built in 1915 by Winthrop Murray Crane Jr., the only son of former Governor and US Senator W. Murray Crane, the 14-bedroom Georgian renovation-style building is 12,986-square-foot according to real estate inventory and has five chimneys. . It is part of Dalton’s Craneville Historic District and is on the National Register of Historic Passages and is the largest single-family residential home in the state, according to the website.

Now this respectable structure has a new owner.

According to documents in a file in the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds and the Secretary of State’s office, former owners Ian and Lucia Nevit recently sold the building to Henstebo-Chilton LLC, run by Henry Bonis, for $ 1.2 million.

The bonus was not reached for comment and it was unclear what his plans were for the property. But he still has to get a mortgage. According to registry documents, the Allied Credit Union released the mortgages held by the Nevites on the property earlier this month because they were “secured, fully paid and satisfied”.

The Chilton House belonged to the Crane family until 1997, when both Winthrop Murray Crane Jr., who died in 1968, and his son Winthrop Murray Crane III, who died in 1997, lived. But since the executives of the Winthrop Murray Crane III estate sold it in 2000, the home has had several owners and has suffered many ups and downs.

According to registry documents, the town of Dalton acquired the property by title in 2003 when a former owner owed more than $ 14,000 in tax revenue. Two seizures also took place. According to registry documents, the property was sold by JPMorgan Chase in 2005 and Citibank in 2010, before the Nevites bought it in 2015.

As the property was constantly changing hands, Chilton House began to decline and needed to be upgraded by 2016, according to a website on home history. The most visible sign of decay is the abandoned swimming pool. Trees began to grow from the chimneys.

But Nevitts restored the property through a multi-year restoration project. They added a new boiler, replaced the old electrical system of the house, restored the grounds and painted both the interior and exterior of the structure. Trees growing in chimneys were removed last year.

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