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Bradley House Documentary Set for Westport Showing April 11

A “preliminary version” of a 16-minute documentary depicting the battle to save the Abel Bradley house on the Westport-Fairfield border will be shown April 11 in Westport.

The 7:30 p.m. event will take place in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library, according to Eleanor Dickey, who heads a group trying to save the house. Admission is free.

The final version is expected to include the ultimate result of the struggle between developers and preservationists, she said.

A Superior Court judge in Bridgeport has said a ruling on a request for a temporary injunction preventing demolition of the house will not come before April 18. So filmmakers Suzi Yoonessi and Andrea Chignoli have decided to release the preliminary version now, Dickey said. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2005)

The film, entitled “The Bradley House,” features a number of interviews, including Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell; Board of Finance member Gavin Anderson, a member of the Bradley House Coalition; members of the Westport Historic District Commission; Steve Young, executive director of the Fairfield Historical Society; genealogist Melanie Marks; WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow; Fairfield resident Jane Talamini; builder Peter Gaboriault, and Dickey.

Developers Mark Iuraduri and Mike Horvath and their realtor Vera Ruud were offered the chance to participate but refused to do so, Dickey said.

Ruby Brotherton, who sold the house to the developers, was not interviewed because neighbors wished to shield her from the stress, according to Dickey.

The film also includes footage of teardowns, MacMansions, and the Westport historic district, as well as images of the Bradley House itself, Dickey said.

Matlow’s extensive logistical support of Yoonessi and Chignoli earned him a credit as executive producer of the documentary.

3 thoughts on “Bradley House Documentary Set for Westport Showing April 11

  1. I was looking at all the teardowns in Westport on this site. All these people who want 10,000 sq.ft. Godzilla-mansions . . . come down here to Texas where people appreciate and cherish neighborhoods full of nouveau riche brick behemoths!

    Come on! You can build your chi-chi chateau all the way to the property line, fill it with the 3 kitchens you never use, and 12 bedrooms that you gotta have for those two children. And you’ll fit right in with the rest of yokels.

  2. I am an Architect that specializes in the restoration of 18th century houses and barns throughout New England. Many of my projects involve dismantling and moving these wonderful historic structures. We do extensive research and documentation to determine the original interiors and exterior architecture for the restoration. We provide design services so that the restoration provides for our modern lifestyle while maintaining the historic fabric. I highly recommend that this house be saved either through restoration on site or reconstruction on a new site. I would be please to conduct a walk though to determine the extent of the existent vintage interior and insight of its existing condition as well as discuss the dismantling and reconstruction process. Feel free to contact me at ljbarch@juno.com or tel. 401 941-1650

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