Bross Chingas Bross Real Estate, Riverside Realty, #1 Team in Westport 2013-2015 Per CMLS; Over One BILLION Dollars in Career Sales
Buy your tickets now, Stand Up for Homes with Hope, Hasan Minjaj, November 4, 2017
Westport Country Playhouse presents SEX WITH STRANGERS, September 26-October 14
Your 24/7 News Source

Friday, May 03, 2013

Going Down: 14 Charcoal Hill Road

Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon Image
The house at 14 Charcoal Hill Road, off North Avenue, was demolished today. Built in 1928, the two-story custom contemporary had 2,911 square feet and was situated on a 2.32-acre property. The former co-owners of the house were Harry Maynard who died in August 2011 at age 93 (see WestportNow, Aug. 12, 2011), and his wife Natalie, a concert pianist, who died in March 2012 at age 85 (see WestportNow, March 5, 2012). The house, designed by architect Frazier Peters, was featured on the WestportNow series, Honoring Our Heritage (see WestportNow, May 21, 2011).  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 15, 2012.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Posted 05/03/13 at 05:50 PM


Comment Policy

That’s really a shame.

Posted by Jane Lassner on May 04, 2013 at 12:49 AM | #

That one really is an important historical house for several reasons.  If P&Z let that one slip away, what do they really do to help conserve historical sites?

Posted by Nancy McFarland on May 04, 2013 at 11:40 AM | #

From “Honoring our Heritage” May 2011:

The Maynards kept the property because they fell in love with the house, the setting and landscaping. To them each room had a unique charm and the windows have great vistas with the living environment never boring inside or outside. Peters designed his houses on sites which he believed to be attractive and which would stand the test of time environmentally.

Posted by Sandi Martin on May 04, 2013 at 02:35 PM | #

Another historic home down the tubes!  Will we soon be a community void of any significant number of architectural structures?

Posted by Albert S. Beasley, M.D. on May 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM | #

So, what does the historical society do, exactly?  They preserve what?  Photographs?  That’s lovely.  Future generations will at least know what character in design used to resemble.

Posted by Jean Marie Wiesen on May 05, 2013 at 01:41 AM | #

What I always questions is why purchase the house in the first place?  There weren’t two gorgeous acres elsewhere? 

As with many other issues, it’s the voices and actions of the community that ultimately make the difference.

Several years ago P&Z held a meeting and proposed a plan that would keep new construction in some sort of balance with lot size—those who opposed such restrictions came out and spoke out…and quite loudly.  P&Z got their message.  And we have lots more McMansions.

Wringing of hands and shaking of heads change absolutely nothing.  Maybe actually meeting with folks from SaveWestportNow, P&Z and The Historic Commission in order to have our voices heard would be a worthwhile step to take.
Anyone up for it?

Posted by Sandi Martin on May 05, 2013 at 01:26 PM | #

Hopefully it was stripped of architectural items, houses like that usually are.  The Historic commission and other organizations could easily block the destruction of significant homes, just buy them. I own my house and I would find my freedom attacked to be told that I can not do with it what I please. It’s mine, I paid for it. I understand there are rules to build a new one (setbacks and such) and it is my choice to make. Who is to say that the new house will not be significant in an architectural way, or by it’s lack of carbon footprint? No matter what, watching the blood sweat and tears, time, effort, energy and talent being destroyed and thrown away especially knowing how difficult such a home was to build in 1929 without the modern tools and techniques we enjoy today, really makes me conflicted because I also see the freedom of another to do what they please.

Posted by patrick pryor on May 07, 2013 at 11:34 AM | #


How would the Historic Commission and other organizations go about buying homes such as the one we’re discussing?  Is there some sort of a land/home trust currently in Westport with funds earmarked for such purchases? 

I believe there are cases where tax breaks and other benefits are provided to homeowners as incentives to restore and maintain vs destroy.  Beyond that, I didn’t think there was much that could be done to save a property once an owner chose to call in the wrecking ball.

If there isn’t a fund, maybe there ought to be.

Posted by Sandi Martin on May 07, 2013 at 12:32 PM | #

You need to Register and be logged in to post comments. If you are already registered but are not logged in, you can Login here.





Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please note by clicking on "Submit" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Inappropriate posts may be removed.

<< Back to main

Register / Log in

Registration is required to post comments.
Sign Up  •  Login
Comment Policy

Earthplace Festival, Sunday, October 8, 10am-3pm Rehabilitation services provided in the comfort of your home - Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 1-800-898-HOME WestportNow Year in Pictures 2015 Give to Public Schools in Need! - Go to

Support a classroom.
Build a future.