These Old Houses

It’s finally happened: Westport has run out of old houses.

Well, sort of.

Our “This Old House” series has come to an end. The Westport Historical Society has no more mystery houses to identify, prior to its upcoming show on the changing face of Westport.

Every Wednesday for 3 months, “06880” readers have seen an image of a local home, taken in 1930s by WPA photographers. Some of them had vague notations on the back — “Green’s Farms,” for example — and WHS house historian Bob Weingarten asked for crowd-sourcing help.

You guys nailed the correct location of 9 of the 14 houses displayed — not too shabby. Especially considering that many of the houses have undergone substantial renovations — and some are no longer standing.

They sure don't make 'em like this anymore.

They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Before the series began, the WHS had identified 101 houses out of 133 photos. They’re now up to 110.

The WHS also has priceless historic information about some of the homes, thanks to “06880”‘s superbly alert and knowledgeable readers.

The Historical Society will display the WPA photos in November. That exhibit will highlight differences between the 1930s images and today’s houses. There will also be human interest articles on the house owners; historical and architectural details about the houses, and information on famous people who lived in several of them.

In the meantime, if you have any interesting photos — of homes, or places of interest in town — that you’d like identified, send ’em along. The “06880” crowd is ready to source!

6 responses to “These Old Houses

  1. Michael Calise

    Dan, It was a great!

  2. Oh no! What am I going to do with all my spare time now that there is no more “This Old House”? I have been driving up and down every street in Westport for the last few months looking for these houses. How about a “This Old Person” series where we look for old people at Compo?

  3. Wendy Cusick

    Wow We’re done….I looked forward to these pictures and all the comments every Wednesday. And like Mr. Herman, I also drove around too thinking I recognized a house somewhere. It was a great effort from everyone still living here and those in others parts of the state of Ct or the United States (and Canada…can’t forget Ms. Hunter in B.C.) Nice meeting Bob W through email to help ID some of the homes. Thanks to Dan for forwarding emails until Bob and I got our emails straight. Thanks Dan for doing the 3 month run for the Historical Society. It was nicely done.

  4. Susan Hopkins

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series, Dan. They certainly DON’T make houses like they used to. I’ll take a center entrance Colonial, Cape Cod, or Saltbox hands-down versus today’s McMansions any day of the week.

  5. This was a nice feature, Dan and I too will really miss it. My congratulations to you and Bob.

  6. Bob Weingarten

    Thanks to all that saw the series especially since we found most of the houses that were unknown. Finding them will make the exhibit at the WHS more meaningful. So congratulations to all that participated and see you all at the exhibit in November.