6 Gorham Ave.

Barbara and Pete Powell are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 6 Gorham Ave. as the Jack Burke house, which was built in 1923. Burke was a mason who constructed chimney stacks and fireplaces in several houses in Westport. The house was built on the Evergreen Heights land owned by Leonard Gault and Edward Bradley. The Burke family owned the house until 1977. The Powells purchased the house in 1988 because they wanted to live downtown and they loved the feel of the house. In 2006, the house was included in the Gorham Avenue Historical District. In 2010, the Powells received the Westport Helen Muller Preservation Award for re-use and adapting an existing structure, their garage, which enhanced the street scape of the area. “Being in an historic district made the renovations worthwhile and we would do it again,” said Pete Powell.  Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com