Nestled in a cluster of trees adjacent to U.S. Route 7 in Connecticut is a 62-room, 44,000 square-foot (4,100 m2) Victorian-era mansion that was built by a man with a name just as majestic – LeGrand Lockwood. In 1938, the Norwalk local began working as a clerk for a brokerage firm on Wall Street. By age 23, he had already made partner. Fourteen years later, he renamed the firm Lockwood and Co.
The firm, primarily dealing with the trading of railroad stocks, was so well-regarded on Wall Street that Lockwood was named the treasurer of the New York Stock Exchange. After travelling to Europe to sell war bonds in 1863, he returned home an even wealthier man the following year and began to build his summer home in Connecticut.