Historic district commission honors nine homeowners
Nine award-winning Westport homeowners will be honored by the town's Historic District Commission at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 18 in the town hall auditorium at 7 p.m. The awards will be presented by commission chairman Maggie Feczko, other members of the commission and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
The following Westporters were given awards: Barbara and Peter Powell (6 Gorham Ave.) won the Helen Muller Award for a property in a local historic district, Jeffrey and Miriam Rafalaf (8 Raymond Place), Karla Quinn (18 Bridge Street), Charles Stafford (26 Fairfield Ave.), David and Audrea Cross (46 Kings Highway Highway South), Matthew Weilgus and Miryha Fantegrossi (82 Hillspoint Road), James Weil (90 Turkey Hill South), Ariane Mermod (101 Clapboard Hill Road) and Thomas and Nancy Broadbent (126 Morningside Drive South).
The Powells were given the award for the design of the conversion of their garage to an office and guest house in an effort to reuse a room for extra space, while maintaining the elements of the current streetscape.
Quinn is the owner of the Rufus Wakeman House, which was built in 1884, and she was given an award for a new front porch she built to replace one that had long-term weather damage. She was able to create an authentic replacement.
The Fairfield Ave. house owned by Stafford has been maintained and preserved as a modest beach cottage that represents the past era and character of Compo Beach and the commission decided to recognize Stafford for that.
The Cross family was given an award to recognize the expansion of their Kings Highway South home, known as the John Platt House. One of the oldest homes in town, it was restored by the family and will continue to serve as an important landmark.
Matthew Weilgus and Miryha Fantegrossi saved the Stratton-Rippe House, built in 1770, after a demolition permit was issued for the 82 Hillspoint Road home in 2008. They purchased it in 2009 and have preserved it.
James Weil, of 90 Turkey Hill South, will be given the award in honor of the renovation done on his home, using salvaged barn materials from Vermont and Pennsylvania.
Like the Stratton-Rippe House, the Gideon Wakeman House, built in 1782, was on the verge of demolition several years ago, until Ariane Mermod stepped in to purchase, restore and save it. The commission is recognizing her for maintain the building's distinguished character.
The Broadbents are being given an award for restoring their Morningside Drive, international style house, while preserving its original features and adding dramatic, compatible landscaping.