This mansion built by a former secretary of state just hit the market for $4.6 million

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2 Kemble St. in Lenox recently served as the Kemble Inn. Ren Nickson

From dormitory to inn, 2 Kemble St. in Lenox has worn many hats over the years. Now the Berkshire County mansion is up for grabs.

Thom Garvey of Sotheby’s International Realty has listed the 9,000-square-foot mansion on three acres for $4,600,000. Frederick Frelinghuysen, former US senator and secretary of state under President Chester Arthur, built the estate as his personal home in 1881. According to the listing, it was converted into a dormitory after it was donated to the Lenox School for Boys in the 1940s. It’s been an antique store, a real estate office, and starting in 1993, an inn. Sarah Morgan, J.P. Morgan’s sister, even lived there for a period, according to Sotheby’s.

After it was last purchased in 2010, the property underwent a $2,000,000 renovation that included creating reproductions of 88 of the home’s original 113 windows, soundproofing, and additions like the Green Room Bar — likely named for its forest-colored walls and emerald tile backsplash.

The home offers large entertaining spaces — the Frelinghuysen’s are said to have thrown lavish parties, according to, some Athur allegedly attended. A wide front door leads into an entrance hall with a crystal chandelier, a staircase that wraps around the space, and impressive crown molding, which continues throughout the home. A grand dining room sits to the left, with a carved stone and wood fireplace, birdcage chandelier, and white columns contrasting oxblood-colored walls. Exit the dining space through sliding doors to find a commercial-grade kitchen — one of the perks of owning a prior full-service inn.

All 13 bedrooms have been renovated and offer fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms. Of the home’s 13 full bathrooms and one half bathroom, 10 were gut-renovated and now boast steam showers and jetted tubs. Still, each space has individual charm — one bedroom presents coffered ceilings, while a bathroom even sports its own crystal chandelier.

Outside, a wraparound porch and veranda in the mansion’s rear provide views of the mountains.

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