16 Woodside Ave.

Lynn Carlson Popat and Vijay Popat are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 16 Woodside Ave. as a house designed and built by architect Charles Cutler in 1922.

Cutler was a well known Westport architect who designed residential and commercial properties including the Westport Bank & Trust Company building, currently occupied by Patagonia.

He was recognized by the federal government as two of his designed properties, the Green’s Farms Elemantary School and a Tudor house at 12 Old Hill Road, have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Popats purchased the property at Woodside Avenue in 2004 and considered demolishing the house and building a new house but reconsidered after a discussion at a P&Z meeting.

At the meeting, Barlow Cutler-Wotton, daughter of Charles Cutler, described how special the house was to her and the community. After this meeting, the Popats reconsidered their demolition permit and eventually decided to renovate and add onto the house instead.

They were pleased with the renovation outcome and with the unique character of their home saying it was much work but well worth it in the end. .  Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com