The Times Reports that Waldman Tore Down Rudolph's Micheels House Even Though He Had An Offer to Sell
The Times reports this morning that a fellow named Steven Campus, who owns a house that Paul Rudolph designed in Manhattan, had made an offer to buy the Micheels House in Westport. There are few other details, so it's hard to say how far the negotiations with David Waldman went. It's hard not to come away with the impression though that Waldman had little intention of selling.
WestportNow has some terrific (and sad) photos by Dave Matlow (here) and a good comment thread going, here.
What seems obvious is that Westport has an inadequate historic preservation law. I hope the publisher of WestportNow, Gordon Joseloff, who also happens to be Westport's chief elected official, pushes for changes that would provide some protection for Modern houses.
For more on the issue, see The Destruction of Paul Rudolph's Micheels House in the right hand column.