Renowned 20th century architect and author Frazier Forman Peters (1893-1963) left a legacy in stone comprising dozens of houses, primarily in Westport.
Four of his stone houses are currently on the market -- three in Westport and one in Weston -- each an example of Peters' architectural integrity, construction standards and environmental sensibilities. All four were built in natural settings with water frontage on ponds or brooks, and all four have been updated to better accommodate today's lifestyle while retaining Peters' characteristic design elements.
The renovations of each house created large-scale rooms with tall ceilings and lots of natural light.
This is an opportune time to consider owning one of Peters' masterpieces. His granddaughter, Laura A. Blau, an architect, and Robert A. Weingarten, a local real estate agent and house historian for the Westport Historical Society, have written a comprehensive book titled "Frazier Forman Peters: Westport's Legacy in Stone," with details about the 41 houses he constructed in Westport.
It is available for purchase at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, where both authors will discuss the book and sign copies on Saturday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Three of the four houses featured this week are represented in the book: A 12-room Colonial at 44 Charcoal Hill Road in Westport's Coleytown section, built in 1926; an antique house with 4,076 square feet at 3 Spring Hill Road, built in 1929, and a Tudor-style house at 6 Blind Brook North with 3,838 square feet, built in 1932. The fourth is a 5,690-square-foot Cape, Colonial at 21 Broad St. in lower Weston at the border with Westport, built in 1930.
The Charcoal Hill Road house is unique in that an exterior stone wall of the original house is now an interior wall in the updated version.
The Spring Hill house sits on a 1.51-acre property and features a newly built mudroom that attaches the garage to the main house. The master suite has a gas fireplace, new his-and-hers baths, and a huge dressing room. The new kitchen has Costa Esmeralda granite and Curly Maple countertops and imported hardware from France.
There is a spacious living room with a fireplace at the house in Weston, which also has a first-floor office with a full bath. The kitchen has an Aga stove and summer range.
Of the house on Blind Brook North, Weingarten said, "Peters always built his houses to the land and this is a prime example of it." A babbling brook separates the house from the swimming pool, which is accessed via two footbridges.
A PETERS QUARTET
- 44 Charcoal Hill Road
FEATURES: updated and expanded house, pond, water views, 1.82-acre property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and stone waterfall, terraced stone patio, stone office or studio with separate entrance, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
CONTACT: Regina Kendig of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-803-0236.
- 3 Spring Hill Road
FEATURES: new generator, new roof, new plumbing and electrical wiring, updates kitchen and baths, located on a cul-de-sac, views of Hatchery Pond, au-pair studio with kitchenette and full bath, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths
- 21 Broad St., Weston
STYLE: Cape, Colonial
FEATURES: direct water frontage, brook, two-acre property on Weston/Westport border, proximity to Held Pond, two-room in-law suite or office with separate entrance, five fireplaces, terraced stone patio, five en suite bedrooms, five full and two half baths
CONTACT: Annette Coplit of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-803-9488.
- 6 Blind Brook North
FEATURES: direct waterfront, brook with two footbridges, heated in-ground swimming pool, greenhouse, new addition in 2009, one-acre property, deeded rights to Nash's Pond, six bedrooms, four full and one half baths
CONTACT: David Kinyon at 203-247-0337 or Bob Weingarten at 203-246-6506, both of William Raveis Real Estate.