Thursday, June 08, 2023



No Delay Sought in Record $14.6 Million Teardown

The Westport Historic District Commission Tuesday night decided not to request a delay in approval of a demolition permit for 100-102 Beachside Ave. The property sold last month for $14.6 million the most expensive residential property ever sold in Westport. (See WestportNow March 30, 2005) A representative of the owner said about 80 percent of the 1929 main house will be demolished while two pink structures at the entrance that can be seen from the street will not be altered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) photo

Coalition Head: Abel Bradley House “Probably Will Be Saved”

Eleanor Dickey, head of a coalition trying to prevent demolition of the Abel Bradley House, told a Westport Public Library audience tonight that she now thinks that the house “probably will be saved,” most likely as part of a larger house on the property. She made the comment at a screening of a partially completed documentary on efforts to save the 200-year-old house but provided no further explanation for her cautious optimism.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Larry Untermeyer for

Today’s Westport Teardown: 351-361 Post Road West

Today’s WestportNow teardown is 351-361 Post Road West. The property, built in the 1950s by the late Westport builder Anthony Conte, includes now-empty retail stores and John’s Best Pizza as a stand-alone building. Conte’s son, Jim, will oversee reconstruction that will include a Peoples Bank and a new home for John’s Best, which has been there since 1966. The site once housed a motel, the White Birch Restaurant (see below), and a Greyhound Bus stop. The demolition application will be considered by the Historic District Commission at its April 12 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Dave Matlow for

Abel Bradley House Site May Contain Prehistoric Indian Remains

Preservationists trying to save the Abel Bradley house on the Westport-Fairfield border say there is an “excellent chance” of prehistoric Indian remains on the site. They say parts of a collection at the Fairfield Historical Society came from a site about a mile downstream from the Bradley House and “make it likely” that people who frequented the site also visited the Bradley House site. This link, they say, may be cause for an archeological site investigation under Westport zoning regulations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Contributed photo