Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Westport Developer Is Taking Down An Important House In Westport, This One Designed By Paul Rudolph

[Read 'Modern,' our new modern house blog, here.]

Word on the street is that a developer named David Waldman and his partner, Terry Friedberg, now own
the house that Paul Rudolph designed near Compo Beach in Westport, and that the demolition of the roof and windows has begin (just in time for tomorrow’s rain).

Their company is called Axis Point Group Holdings (8 Church Lane, Westport) and they apparently are not averse to tearing down important buildings if money can be made doing it. WestportNow reported in October that they took down a 19th-century house on Cross Highway in Westport, allowing the materials to be carted away and used for the restoration of other antique houses rather than sent to a construction and demolition dump, which strikes me as an incredible gesture of generosity and public-spiritedness on the part of these two altruistic developers.

People is Westport who don’t want to see the Rudolph house come down are asking like-minded folks to call Axis Point Group at phone 203-227-9080 and encourage them to stop the demolition (and put up some tarps in the process) and so a preservation agreement can be reached.


[For more on the issue, see The Destruction of Paul Rudolph's Micheels House in the right hand column.]



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