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This Old House

In the mid-1930s, WPA photographers fanned out around Westport. They shot 133 houses — all, at that point, at least 100 years old.

Eighty years later, the Westport Historical Society is preparing an exhibit, documenting preservation and changes to those even-older-now homes.

House historian Bob Weingarten found over 90 of the photos in the WHS archives. He’s now curating the exhibit.

But a lot changes in 8 decades. Some of the houses have gone to that great scrap heap in the sky. Others remain — but have been so altered, they’re unrecognizable.

Twelve of the photos have not yet been identified. Bob hopes “06880” can help.

Each Wednesday, we’ll post a photo of one of the unidentified houses. Click “Comments” to let us know where you think it is. If you’ve got a back story, add that too. The more info, the better.

We’ll start next week. In the meantime, here’s a “practice” house.

It’s still standing — and the WHS and I know where it is. If you do too, click “Comments.” (Hint: It’s changed a lot since the 1930s.)

Then check out “06880” next Wednesday, for our 1st truly “lost” house.

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