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DARIEN — The end of the Great Depression in the late 1930s saw the rise of a mini gilded age of industrialism in Connecticut. It did not produce the cavernous and elegant mansions of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan as in the first gilded age but it did see construction of many spectacular homes for Fairfield County’s captains of industry.
Two of those houses are found side-by-side on Dorchester Road in the northern part of Darien, one of them was once owned by the Singer family, of sewing machine fame, according to the co-listing agents. The other one, at 52 Dorchester Road, is on the market. The Yardley Soap family originally commissioned the house to be built in 1938, the agents said. The white-washed red brick colonial house with gray shutters is reminiscent of two bygone eras. It combines the elegance of the 1930s, the sophistication of the Mad Men era, as well as the casual indoor-outdoor living of modern times.