75 King’s Highway North

Allen Raymond is honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying his 75 King’s Highway North home as the house lived in by the Converse-Raymond families which was built in 1922. The house was designed by the well known Westport architect Charles Cutler of 79 Kings Highway. He incorporated an old mantelpiece, fanlight and side windows from an old house in Ridgefield. The first resident, Francis B. Converse, was an inventor for Goodyear Rubber and owned the house until the Raymonds purchased it in 1950. Raymond and his late wife, Barbara, have supported the Westport Historical Society for more than 50 years, and he served as co-president (with Dave Matlow) in 2006-07. He has been Westport’s municipal historian for almost 20 years. Raymond, whose family began summering in their Compo Cove cottage in 1922, which he still owns, said that when he was young, people would often ask, “‘What do you want to do when you grow up?” and he always answered: “Live in Westport.” In September 1998, the house was included in the King’s Highway North Historic District.  Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com