An old aristocrat seeking asylum in a changing world, a 51-acre estate has been approved as a three-lot resubdivision that leaves the brick manor house with its wide lawns, pool and tennis court on 46 acres, while creating a pair or two-acre house lots for potential development. Built in 1939 by Wadsworth R. Lewis, creator of the Lewis Fund which has donated millions to local charities over the years, the property is at 183 Great Hill Road. It stretches over to Limestone Road and other amenities include a caretaker\u2019s cottage and a greenhouse. The estate served as the country home of Time magazine founder Henry Luce and his wife Congresswoman and Ambassador to Italy Claire Booth Luce from 1946 to 1966. It is currently owned by the estate of Basha Szymanska. \u201cThe family hopes to, ideally, sell the entire parcel to one buyer,\u201d engineer Steven Trinkaus told the Planning and Zoning Commission. \u201cBut they want to see if they can get two previously approved lots that had not been built upon reapproved.\u201d The two house lots are each a little over two acres. The both front on and have access from Limestone Road. The 46-acre estate property has gated access off Great Hill Road. The three-lot resubdivision was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission after a brief public hearing conducted by Zoom on Tuesday, June 9. There were no comments from the general public at the hearing. The vote was 8-to-0 with on abstention, by Susan Consentino \u2014 she hadn\u2019t been able to walk the site due to an injury. 2002 subdivision \u201cI did the original subdivision in the early 2000s,\u201d Trinkhaus told the commission. \u201cIn 2016 there was a consolidation of lots because the market was nowhere to be found. And, unfortunately, Basha passed away last fall. \u201cThe estate house is kind of in the center. The two lots we\u2019re asking approval for are fronting on Limestone Road,\u201d he said. \u201cThe estate hopes to sell everything in a package.\u201d Trinkhaus said the plans already had their wetlands review. \u201cThere are no wetlands on these two lots. The wetlands are on the estate parcel,\u201d he said. \u201c...So, no regulated activities.\u201d Any houses built on the two new lots would have septic systems. \u201cThe soils on the site are very suitable,\u201d he said, \u201c\u2026very suitable for septic.\u201d The property is in a two-acre zone. Open space of more than seven acres was donated back in 2002 when the original subdivision of some 66 acres approved. Since then three lots on the east side of Great Hill Road \u2014 across from the estate parcel \u2014 were given to the Ridgefileld Land Conservancy as open space. Local philanthropist The estate was built for Wadsworth R. Lewis in 1939, and called \u201cTaghkanick.\u201d The mansion house was designed by the architectural firm of No\u00ebl and Miller, whose other work included the Whitney Museum of American Art. Historian Jack Sanders said in his Notable Ridgefielders that Wadsworth Lewis had been a lieutenant in the Naval intelligence service during World War I. Sanders described Lewis as \u201cactive in the community, serving on the school board, Draft Board, the Ration Board, and the Town Hall Building Committee. He was also an award-winning grower of orchids\u2026\u201d Lewis has grown up on the across town on the estate of his father, F. E Lewis, off West Lane. He died in 1942, and The Lewis Fund began distributing money under terms set up in his will eight years later, after the death of his mother, Mary Russell Lewis, in 1950. Over the years the fund has donated close to $4 million. In recent years distributions exceeding $100,000 annually have gone to nearly 50 non-profit organizations that benefit Ridgefielders, from the Library to the Boys and Girls Club to Meals on Wheels.