Holiday House Tours 2008

22nd Annual Holiday House Tour

A Self-guided Odyssey of Architecture, Art and Antiques in Five Fabulous Homes

Sunday, December 7, 2008
11 AM – 4 PM

Tickets: $50 in advance, $45 WHS Members
$55 day of tour, available at 25 Avery Place

Print out and Mail in the Ticket Order Form

Tickets may be picked up at the Westport Historical Society from
Monday Nov.30 – Sunday Dec. 7, 10 am to 4 pm.
No tickets will be mailed.

“Twilight Soirée”
A Festive Post-Tour Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Celebration
Sunday December 7, 4:30 – 7:30 PM
$50 per person, tickets must be ordered by November 30

Photos by Larry Untermeyer

Join us in celebrating the day’s pleasures at a sumptuous hors d’oeuvres & silent auction party, Twilight Soirée, at yet another fabulous home, specially decorated for this event. To inspire your own holiday entertaining, five exceptional table settings have been created for display. Stroll around, sample the wines and hors d’oeuvres, enjoy the live music, place a bid or two.

K Squared Katering, a fully licensed and insured off-premise company, serving the Fairfield County area, is a boutique enterprise specializing in Organic and locally grown foods. Katie Wachtel, a graduate of The Institute of Culinary Education, has worked for Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, and Aux De Lices Foods by Deborah Ponzek in Greenwich. Kathy Oberman Tracy is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America Food Styling and The New School Culinary Masters. She has also worked for Martha Stewart for a number of years.

22nd Annual Holiday House Tour
You will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering each home.
No photography inside the homes.

Spectacular Italianate
Crowning a knoll on a tastefully landscaped lot in Greens Farms, this architectural gem is a showcase for fancy millwork, from the footed corner boards to the hand-done, raised panel lintels on the window header casings. The wraparound front porch welcomes visitors ascending the circular drive. Inside, the front parlors, down to the wide pine floors, have been preserved for nearly 150 years.

Connecticut Meets Northern California
Set on an idyllic private lane amidst lush landscaping, this gracious, ranch-style retreat has been transformed for an active family’s informal, contemporary lifestyle. From poolside to fireside to a sporting turn on the bocce court, this home has something for everyone. Beautiful open plan, dark-stained floors, long windows.

Resplendent Antique
Even as the vintage framing of this beautifully-sited Connecticut home approaches its 175th year, the curved drive, exterior façade, central chimney, five welcoming fireplaces and seasoned floor boards are a stunning complement to thoughtfully-scaled, exquisitely appointed recent additions and renovation. Rooms radiate from the center, and twin staircases provide easy transition for active family life.

Fabulous Eclectic
Once inside this newer Colonial revival home, a surprising visual adventure begins. Lovingly assembled over ten years by the owner/decorator, this house is the epitome of eclectic, blending colors, forms, furnishings, time periods, real and faux in ways that arrest and delight. Every room has a different feeling and style, yet the sequence creates a wonderful flow, enhanced now with special holiday decorations.

Enchanting Woodlands, Storybook
Extraordinary. A rare aesthetic treasure and landmark. The magic began with the 1950 purchase of the original home from an illustrator, who built it by hand, in 1930, during the Great Depression, from native fieldstone, hand-hewn timber and windows salvaged, pre-flood, from Weston’s Valley Forge. Allow time for touring world-class private collections and exhibits of pre-digital film-making innovations.

Bonus House: Adams Academy
After graduating from Yale, Ebenezer Adams returned to Westport, married the daughter of Reverend Davies, of the Greens Farms Congregational Church, and operated, from 1837 to 1867, an excellent, one-classroom college preparatory school here. He and his wife settled in the farmhouse that still stands at the corner of North Avenue and Long Lots Road, an antique home which Martha Stewart subsequently made famous by restoration. A remarkable number of Adams’ 637 students continued on to university, often to Yale. His curriculum included languages, sciences, mathematics and maritime navigation. Distinguished graduates included E.T. Bedford, the Karo Sugar Company founder, self-made wealthy financier and major Westport philanthropist. Another student, William Marcey, became the Secretary of State under President Franklin Pierce.

Learn more at 203-222-1424 x201 or email

Holiday House Tour Committee

Dorothy E. Curran, Chair, Holiday House Tour Chair

House Captains
Casey Goss & Jo Ann Lindwall, Margaret LeBedis, Ann Meyerson & Anne Landis,
Deborah Kulback, Mindy Wolkstein, Hope Trowbridge, Richard St. Francis

Twilight Soirée
Totney Benson, Joni Andrews, Deborah Herbertson, Maggie Feczko, Ellen Naftalin

Joyce Losen, Publicity
Larry Untermeyer, Photography
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic Design

Morley Boyd, Dave Matlow, Melissa Ceriale, Donna Brody, Mary Ann Laurita,
Anne Carbone, Amy Tambini, Michelle Brown, Barbara Brauner
Floyd Conlin, Leo Cirino, Donna DiCarlo, Donna Katz, John Koizim, Francesca Signore

Westport Historical Society President
Katie Chase

Westport Historical Society Executive Director
Sue Gold

We wish to express gratitude to all our sponsors, contributors and the many volunteers
who work on the day of the Tour. Our special thanks to the property owners
for sharing their extraordinary homes.

View the 2007 House Tour