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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Historic District Panel to Discuss 840 Post Road East Tonight Image
The 1930-built house situated on 0.16 acres and located at 840 Post Road East, adjacent to the Sherwood Island Connector, is on the agenda of the Westport Historic District Commission tonight. Town officials are reviewing an anticipated request for a demolition permit and potential replacement of the house with a bank. This is the last house standing on the former crescent-shaped street known as Beverly Place. Prior to the construction of the Sherwood Island Connector, the street curved around to the current location of Walgreen’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


Posted 02/27/07 at 05:46 AM  Permalink


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Well, everyone knows that we don’t have enough banks in Westport!!! One every 300 meters is hardly sufficient.

Is anyone besides me tired of watching all these banks proliferate?  And can someone explain how it can possibly be good business for all of them to have so many branches?

Posted by laurie goldberg on February 27, 2007 at 03:21 PM | #

I’m sure there are many in westport who wonder how all these banks can be doing within such close proximity to each other.  While the house in question hardly sems a landmark, another bank????

Posted by mary ruggiero on February 27, 2007 at 03:54 PM | #

If the business wasn’t there, the bank branches wouldn’t be either. There’s a lot of money in Wesport thus there are a lot of bank branches.

Posted by Jeff Kiker on February 27, 2007 at 05:15 PM | #

I understand the property at the corner of Morningside North, Geiger’s is also destined to become yet another bank, at what point should there be a restriction IE no more than 1 per block.

The end game of the banks is all about the attractiveness of their holdings when they get ready to sell to a larger national company. More locations = larger return to the shareholders.

Returning to the house captioned, it is already marginalized by the parking lot in front of it, too bad it can’t be relocated to an area more appropriate.

Posted by Mary Ann West on February 27, 2007 at 05:48 PM | #

Yes, I agree the last thing Westport needs is another retail bank branch at the expense of a structure that contributes to the unique charm and character of our town, even if it is “marginalized by the parking lot in front of it”  .While Westport is an affluent town I do not quite understand how becauses “There’s a lot of money in Westport” this justifies another unceremonious commerical structure.

Posted by James Walsh on February 28, 2007 at 12:32 AM | #

Seven years ago, it was the era of et al, and the banking industry was going to go 100% virtual.  Now, old-fashioned customer service is yielding more ATMs than we conceivably need.  Maybe, seven years from now, a third of these places will have folded, another third will have been acquired - - and there will be some semblance of balance

Posted by John Karrel on February 28, 2007 at 04:11 PM | #

I lived in the house next door in the 1950s owned by my parents; they were having a difficult time. I was a high schooler, buying, fixing and selling cars and was threatened by DMV to get a car dealer’s license !!!  The straw broke when I brought an engine into the living room for repair..  The time to leave was close and the State came along and said the house and two others were needed for the widening of the connector roadway for eventual connection to the Parkway. Again a setback for my parents as it was the second time a home was lost to the State although neither properties was used
as the State proposed !!  I and my parents moved on, a developer moved the house to Garden Lane,and the “house next door”- (a Sear’s depresion era do it yourself kit?) recently made the news….......

ron malone

Posted by ron malone on March 01, 2007 at 02:03 AM | #


Thank you for sharing the history, at my first glance I thought it looks like a Sears house kit, perhaps the Historical Society can back this up.

The Sears Catalog kits came almost complete, wood, siding and all and ranged in size and price from a little over $1,000 for a modest home to over $3,500 for a Greek Revival columned Manse. There is a beautiful example in New Canaan on Sturbridge Hill Road.

Posted by Mary Ann West on March 01, 2007 at 05:32 PM | #