Wednesday’s “06880” story on the death of Sidney Kramer included a few lines about his founding of Save Westport Now. The impetus for Westport’s 3rd political party was the construction of a 40,000-square foot glass office building on Gorham Island, diagonally across Parker Harding Plaza from Kramer’s Remarkable Book Shop.
Reader Kathleen Burke was reminded of a beautiful watercolor postcard. Artist Walter Dubois Richards created it, as part of the campaign to save the Victorian house that sat on Gorham Island.
Whether all you know of that spot is the bile-green office — or if you fondly remember the old home there — you’ll appreciate Richards’ painting:
Here’s another view, of unknown origin:
Noted artist Al Willmott painted this view of Gorham Island and downtown:
As did famed “Little Toot” artist Hardie Gramatky:
Here’s the view today:
We can’t get that house back. But it wasn’t because Sidney Kramer didn’t try.