Allen House

Aerial view of the H-shaped Allen House and the pond; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
4 Burritt's Landing North
Town:
Westport »
Year:
1957
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR, NR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The Allen House is of native stone, redwood and glass with steel construction and stone foundation. The house is 'H' shaped with two 65-foot wings and with a flat roof, joined by a flagstone paved 25-foot entrance hall with a wall of floor to ceiling glass that looks out onto an atrium. The house is positioned for passive solar heat. The interior of the house comprises a southwest wing and an east wing connected by a flagstone gallery. The open plan within the west wing encompasses a music room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, master bathroom and guest bathroom. The entire space opens onto a 65-foot wall of glass and a cantilevered deck that overhangs and overlooks the pond with its all season views including a natural cove. [2]

Significance of the property:

The historical and architectural importance of the seminal modern German Bauhaus School came to Westport through the architect of the house, Roy Binkley (AIA), an award winning Chicago architect/disciple of Mies van der Rohe. Roy Binkley brought this style architecture to Westport in 1957. Binkley travelled from Chicago and was so delighted with the natural beauty of the site that he accepted the commission to design a house that was representative of the Bauhaus School of Architecture. The house has had several famous luminaries in residence during the summers including Lee Strasberg, the world famous teacher of acting known for his 'Actor's Studio' students including Marilyn Monroe, Franchot Tone and other well known celebrities. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

This unique house is placed at the northeast portion of the 1.1 acre property and blends harmoniously into a woodland setting overlooking a private picturesque half acre spring-fed pond with a natural stone cave.

Features:
Building, Pool and pond
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Modern
Era:
20th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
WINBYLimited Enterprises Limited Partnership 1 (Winston E. and Ruby C. Allen Trustees)
Sources:

Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town of website http://www.westportct.gov/.
[2] Allen, Winston E. and Ruby C, Allen House, Historic Resources Inventory, 2009, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=280].
GIS information retrieved from http://www.westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=538.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved the online GIS map, accessed from the town website.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation