Amato House

James Evans



The Amato House is set on the top of a hill that drops down steeply at the rear to a stream. Fieldstone stairs lead down the hill to an arched wood bridge set on fieldstone footers that spans the stream. At the side of the house is a circular stone patio overlooking the drop-off. The landscaping also includes several curved stone walls and concrete retaining walls.

The one-story, gable-roofed house has a T-shaped plan and a full basement level at the sides and rear due to the topography of the site. The house is clad in V-channel vertical wood siding with flush horizontal wood siding used as an accent at the window openings. A wood deck supported on metal piers wraps around the side and rear of the house and cantilevers over the drop-off at the rear of the property; this portion of the deck is fitted with fixed wood benches along the railing. Openings in the floor of the deck adjacent to the house provide light to the basement level below. The main entrance has arched paneled wood doors with inset diagonally laid beadboard panels and fixed sidelights. The rear fa?ade contains the most notable exterior feature of the house: a two-story window wall fitted with long, narrow fixed sash with fixed and awning sublights and fixed transoms that follow the angle of the gabled roofline.


This house was designed by architect James Evans and constructed by builder Tom Shaw. It was completed in 1966. The original property card for this building does not appear to be on file at the New Canaan Historical Society, so it is unknown who the original owners were. In 1971, according to a realtor listing on file at the New Canaan Historical Society, Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Amato sold the house to someone named Krzywicki-Herburt. In 1975, Ernest C. Waco purchased the house. In 1979, Victor F. Zackay acquired the property, which was transferred to joint ownership with Lillian M. Sherdal in 1986. Sometime after 1988, a wood deck was added to the second floor at the rear of the garage.

National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2009.