Holiday House Tour 2005

December 4th, 2005

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Day of Architectural and Culinary Riches

Sunday, December 4, 2005


An Intimate Conversation with Michael Greenberg
Start the day at 10 am with
noted luxury builder Michael Greenberg at his private home
“Restoring Antique Barns Into the Comforts of the 21st Century “
Tickets $15


19th Annual Holiday House Tour

11 AM TO 4 PM

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A self-guided tour of private Westport homes dressed up for the holidays

Tickets: $45 in advance ($35 WHS members), $50 day of tour


Houses styled for the day by
Kerry Brock, Carlin Edwards, Kim Caravella, Robin Liotta, and Pina Signorello

After Tour Cocktail Celebration

4 PM to 7 PM

An exclusive cocktail celebration was held at the architecturally
inspiring Westport home of luxury builder Michael Greenberg

View more of Michael Greenberg’s work at


Rustic Luxury

A one-of-a-kind retreat nestled on 13 rolling acres

Celebrity Chef Matt Storch from Match created
a delicious experience for all of the senses
The New York Times rates Matt’s cuisine “ingenious,”
“refreshing,” a “gastronomic sparkler”.
Find out more about Match at

Dazzling desserts by Master Pastry Chef Lisa Storch

Chris O’Dowd & The Cantering Caterer Styled The Home Enchantingly For Our Celebration


Hear music by Lapis Luna at


A Craftsman in Connecticut  
Craftsman_sm.jpg Built in 1920 as a true Arts and Crafts cottage, the Max Reich house is the perfect nest for a decorative artist (him) and an interior designer (her). The home has been lovingly accented by Robin Liotta, Senior Designer for Lillian August, and decorative painter Jerry Liotta, with vintage collections, hand painted furniture and decorated walls, and proudly holds the Westport Historic Preservation Helen Muller Award in honor of its more recent 2001 expansion, which includes molding copied from the original part of house. The bedrooms boast elegant wallpaper, including Scalamandré and vintage Brunschwig, and touches of nature abound, with twig furniture, wooden cabinets overlaid with branches, and a porch painted a rich shade of “rural earth.” Note the burl wood fireplace, wainscoted bathrooms, French Art Deco chandelier, and Arts and Crafts style sconces. With beautiful found objects throughout, this award-winning Arts and Crafts bungalow packs a walloping note of exuberance and self-confident design.
Westport Point of View  
Burritts-2.jpg Nestled in an exclusive, waterfront enclave, this dramatic residence was luxuriously reconstructed in 2002 to showcase the stunning views. Love of travel, art and the great outdoors inspired the re-creation of this family haven on the water.  Vibrant with paintings by Miro, Neiman, Rogo and Boulanger, the waterfront view takes you as far as the Norwalk Islands. The open feeling reflects a strong wish by the owners to bring the outside in, and the design incorporating 3 separate ceiling elevations allows the streaming sunlight to create a curved feel on the main floor. Note the custom pool table designed by local artisan Arnie Kaye, the jukebox by the indoor pool, and the cleverly designed kitchen, once featured on the cover of Kitchen and Bath Design Magazine. Artist Barbara Lawless completes the “outside-in” theme with a stunning and detailed mural of the Westport point of view from the owner’s own home.
Master Suite Styled for the Holiday House Tour by Carlin Ray Edwards, Fig Boudoir + Bath
American Architecture  
American_ArchitectureLibrar.jpg Any student of modern architecture will instantly recognize the hand of Frank Lloyd Wright in this 1950’s classic, designed in the same style as the celebrated “Prairie” houses by his student Aaron Resnick. The ceilings, the shape of the rooms, the light reflect the work of the great architect. Its artist-owner has furnished the home with pieces of the time and maintained the very Usonian principals of clean lines, unfussy design and the intense relationship between a structure and the land which surrounds it. Parquet floors, an Eames chair, and favorite pieces of Santa Fe and Eskimo pottery blend in with the artist’s own work and that of Calder, Feininger and George Rickey. The art studio, a quiet place to work and think, befits the owner, who studied at the Arts Students League in New York and exhibits often. From the leaded glass windows to the architecturally inspired furniture, this classic has been nurtured with an artist’s touch.
Styled for the Holiday House Tour by Pina Signorello, Signorello of Westport
Gold Coast Antique  
GOld-Coast-Antique.jpg Sophistication and artistry grace this stately home: hand carved balusters, spacious halls of grand proportions, a walk-in fireplace and a mysterious hidden staircase. The faux painted French candelabras and vibrant pastels by local artist Terry Kalyjian help set a tone of simple elegance. The expansive living room, with its postcard view of the Long Island Sound, is the perfect place to watch the sun slip into the horizon. Looking out to the stone patio and garden, the landscaping lushly surrounds the tennis court and pool. This classic is also known as the Ludlum house after world famous writer Robert Ludlum, who lived here for over 20 years. The current owners of this classic American shingle style house, built in 1850, are preserving the past as they update the structure to suggest a 21st century lifestyle, and small touches such as the glass-door refrigerator add a note of understated luxury.
Styled for the Holiday House Tour by Jackie Cutrone
In a Modern Mood  
In-a-Modern-Mood-Bedroom.jpg Break with tradition in this sleek Post Modern home with neo-eclectic furnishings and unique architectural details. Originally constructed in 1983 to embrace the stunning pool from all angles, its current owners have honored that intention with tasteful updates, décor and a fusion of many arts which reflect their casual lifestyle and well-traveled sensibilities.  A quiet palette sets a tranquil mood as walls of west facing windows saturate the home with warm afternoon sun, contrasting with a recurring mix of rich accents such as the Italian Boffi cabinets, the faux wood marble bar, and fired metal and glass dining table. Artist and faux painter Marina Shrady creates the timeless appearance of Italian stone on the interior walls, and gives the study the appearance of unique birds eye maple. The expansive lawn and dramatic David Boyajian sculpture are familiar sights to anyone who drives on Turkey Hill.
Styled for the Holiday House Tour by Kerry Brock

The Westport Historical Society is grateful for the generous
support of our sponsors and donors:


Music for the After Tour Cocktail Celebration is generously underwritten by William Raveis Real Estate.

Please email to inquire
about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

All proceeds from the Holiday House Tour benefit the Westport Historical Society.