MacKnight House


Architect unknown


1947


Description

Field survey was not conducted on this house.


Significance

The MacKnight House was constructed in 1947 and possibly designed by Wilton architect Lewis Gelders. Dorothy MacKnight, a local decorator and painter, acquired the property-which overlooks the Silvermine River-in 1939. The original one-story house was described in the assessor field property cards as having a foundation of concrete block and posts, board-and-batten siding, and a flat composition roof. Between 1950 and 1951, a small 13'x15'6' addition containing a bedroom and a flagstone terrace were completed. A 3'x6' shed was attached to the house off the entry porch likely in the early 1950s. In 1957, prominent New Canaan builder Paul Borglum acquired the house. In 1960, a barn and shed were built. In 1973, a 21'x21' one-story addition was constructed; a 14'6'x5'6' addition had also been added by this time. In 1975, a carport was completed. The house was transferred to Harriet M. Borglum in 1975 and to Linda B. Fry in 1986.


National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2009.