Monday, November 30, 2009
The third oldest house in Westport, built in 1710, is for sale, and today brokers held an open house at the property at 38 Compo Road North. The 1-1/4 story antique house has 1,427 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. According to Sotheby’s brokers Jean Studwell and James Love Lee, about 40 people toured the house and property—most just looking not buying and many of them owners of houses built in the 19th and 18th century. “The goal today was achieved—to get visibility for this historic property with the hope that it will not be demolished,” said Lee. Asking price is $749,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Let’s hope that the new owners retain the original house in a manner that keeps it intact and visible. This is yet another argument for giving tax incentives to owners of vintage homes. Incentives will help owners maintain their homes and add a sales benefit to pass on to the new owner, if their historic aspect is “unremuddled”.
By way of extending the house’s visibility, this would make an excellent site for the Historical Society to host a speaker from the Institute of Classical Architecture on the history of the Connecticut house from an architect’s point of view. I know the ICA does these evenings, and I know, also, they will happily educate area builders about the methods and benefits of using true classical arcitecture instead of the Disney-fied “traditional” junk they’re putting up now. It would be a win-win proposition for Westport if either of these events happened.
Another interesting dimension of this historic red house is how it influenced the future development of the neighborhood. The four homes on Anchor Lane, the small lane that borders this property, are reproductions of the “little red house,” all built by one developer in the 1930s. Some have since been expanded, but they all retain some essential aspects of the 1710 house like central chimneys, enormous colonial fireplaces. It is a delightful neighborhood!