Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Margaret Hoyt Smith House, Rowayton

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Built around 1875, this large, gracious house later became the home of Margaret Hoyt Smith, a prominent Norwalk architect.  She remodeled the interior in the 1950s into a very livable space reflecting Colonial Revival taste, while retaining original woodwork and other details.  The result is sympathetic mixture of styles from two different centuries.The house is located on a bluff with magnificent views of Long Island Sound.  On a clear day Long Island itself is visible.  This extraordinary site has endangered the house.  The property is slated to be developed with several new houses.  Despite the fact that the Hoyt House is in good condition, it is not part of the new plan.  The developer is offering the house for $1 if moved to another location.  It was relocated once before, when John Farrell, president of U.S.Steel, had it moved about 300 feet and turned it to face the water.  He decided to build a new house on the original site of the Hoyt House.The Hoyt House has a square tower and a one-story, wrap-around porch with turned supports.  Bands of fish-scale shingles enliven the surface of the tower.  The rest of the building is covered in clapboard.  The house has three stories of living space, including an exceptional bedroom at the top of the tower.  Contact: Ned Brooks, 203-972-1899 or nedbrooks@optonline.net.