Boston Globe: Truro House in area that inspired Hopper must go

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Truro, Edward Hopper House and Landscape
The Edward Hopper Landscape in Truro was listed on PM’s Most Endangered Historic Resources List in 2007.

Truro house in area that inspired Hopper must go

By Amanda Cedrone|The Boston Globe| January 22, 2012

Truro – Officials in Truro have ordered that a 8,333-square-foot house, which has been at the center of controversy for several years, be demolished.

The house is owned by Andrea Kline, widow of businessman Donald Klein, and is located at 27 Stephens Way on what is known as the Hopper Landscape, overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

The scenery provided inspiration for painter Edward Hopper who spent summers in South Truro.

Since the building permits for the property were issued, and construction began on the house in 2008, its owners and neighbors have been waging a legal battle, with neighbors stating that the house is an eyesore in the middle of the historic landscape.

“From the road [the house] appears quite unintrusive,” said Alan Efronmson, chairman of Truro’s zoning board of appeals. “If you do see it from above, it looks like an airplane hanger or something seen from a plane. Its enormous.”

Over the years the case wound its way through the zoning board, to land court, to appeals court, and finally was turned down for review by the state Supreme Judicial Court in early November, Efromson said.

Following the decision by the court not to take the case, zoning board members met last month and voted to instruct Thomas Wingard Jr., the town building commissioner, to revoke the building permits.

In a letter dated Friday, Wingard informed Klein’s trustee, Duane Landreth, that the house must be demolished.

The letter goes on to state that, “in addition to removal of the offending structure, you are ordered to restore the property as nearly as possible to its pre-construction state.”

Landreth would not comment on the case.

Citing the long legal battle the town has seen over the years, some neighbors of the property believe the issue is far from resolved.

One Stephen’s Way resident who declined to give his name said, “I can’t believe the landscape will come back in my lifetime.”

Taken from the Boston Globe, Metro Section, B-5.

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