84 Main Street was built in the 18th century by John C. Coffing, one of the leading iron-industry businessmen. The current owners, noted designers and founders of WORKSTEAD have created a stunning in-town homestead utilizing the tones and materials reflecting their own personal vision of ‘folk modernism’ that pervades many of the objects collected in the home to date – objects that suggest a dialogue between elemental forms and tactile materials – much like the house itself. The home sits on a hill above a square, 2.5-acre parcel in the quaint town of Salisbury, CT.

The landscape includes a formal English parterre ‘knot garden’ as well as a wild meadow, a vegetable garden, a 200-foot long 18th-century stone wall, a small greenhouse, a renovated carriage house, and numerous cedar out-buildings including a sauna. The interiors of the home itself benefit from large, 12-over-12 windows and unusually tall ceilings for a home of this age, so it feels connected to the outdoors and the privacy of the several-acre landscape outside.

The majority of the WORKSTEAD power couple’s design changes have been utilizing historic paints throughout the home, in many cases to match historic colors that already existed in the home, wallpapers, and furnishings. Their decisions throughout the renovations and additions have been based on allowing the purity of the original house to exist in equilibrium. The 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is around 5000 square feet and includes a guest apartment, as well as home studios.

The property benefits from the convenience of the sidewalk or rail trail to the village of Salisbury. Also, just minutes to Lakeville, Sharon, and Millerton, as well as Hotcksiss, Salisbury School, Berkshire School, and Indian Mountain School, and within a 25-minute drive to Catamount Ski Mountain, and Metro-North Rail Station.

Residential Info


Entrance: Wood Floor, closet
Living Room: Wood-burning Fireplace, Wide Board Floor
Dining Room: Wood-burning Fireplace, Wide Board Floor
Kitchen: Eat-in, Wood burning Fireplace, Wide Board Floor
Porch: Newly Restored
Terrace: Bluestone overlooking gardens
Half Bath: Hardwood Floor
Laundry Room: washer/dryer, folding top, Storage
Home Office: Wide Board Floor ( Restored - was formerly a Garden Room)
Full Bath: Tiled Shower and Floor, Closet
Family Room: Wood Burning Fireplace, Wide Board Floor
Mud Room: Spacious with office nook
Tavern Style Bar and Pantry


Primary Bedroom: Wood Beams, fireplace, closet
Primary Bath: shower, Wide Board Floor
Bedroom: closet, shared ensuite
Bedroom: wall of closets, shared ensuite
Full Bath: Tub


Living Room
Full Bath


Extensively Renovated Carriage House
New Sauna
Small Greenhouse
New Cedar Garden Storage Shed


Workstead Lighting Throughout
Professionally Landscaped Gardens
Interior Plaster, Trim, and Painted Surface Restoration Throughout

Property Details

Location: 84 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
Land Size: 2.51 acres M/B/L: 11/20/1
Vol./Page: 0259/0032
Survey: # 1552 Zoning: RR1 - Historic District
Year Built: 1775 - Effective year built 1995
Square Footage: 4,812 sq. ft main house
Total Rooms: 9 BRs: 4 BAs: 4
Basement: Unfinished
Foundation: Stone
Hatchway: Yes
Attic: yes, walk up with storage
Laundry Location: 1st Floor
Number of Fireplaces: 5, 2 with beehive ovens
Type of Floors: Wood
Windows: 12 over 12, Select Window Replacements and Restoration
Exterior: wood
Driveway: New Stone Driveway with Excavated Road Underlay
Roof: Asphalt shingle and cedar shake
Heat: Hot water, new boiler 2023; Multiple zones
Oil Tank(s) – size & location: basement
Air-Conditioning: Central Air on the 2nd floor of Main House and Split Unit in Carriage house
Hot water: off boiler
Sewer: septic
Water: town water
Generator: no
Appliances: All new appliances in Main House- refrigerator, dishwasher, double oven, cooktop, washer, dryer, new dishwasher in apartment
Mil rate: $ 11 Date: 2023
Taxes: $ 6,818 Date: 2023
Taxes change; please verify current taxes.
Listing Type: Residential

Address: 84 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068