Spotts House


Richard Henderson


1972


Description

The Spotts House is located on a hilly, rocky site. Due to later additions, the house currently has two driveways and two primary entrances; because of the hilly terrain, it is very difficult to walk between the driveways on the property without going through the house.

The Spotts House was constructed in three phases. The original house (1972) was a one-story, flat-roofed cube clad in vertical wood siding set on a massive rock outcropping overlooking a wooded valley. Fieldstone walls that predate the house run throughout the property. The street-facing west facade is largely blank, while the remaining walls contain large fixed sash, narrow-stile doors, and sliding glass doors. Semicircular projections were originally placed to the west of the doorways on the north and south facades, but the north projection was removed when the first addition was constructed. Wood decks extend off the north and south facades.

The first addition (1979-80) extended the house to the north by adding a one-story structure with a rectangular plan but retained the form and massing of the original house.

The second addition (2000) is a one-story-plus-basement, flat-roofed structure with a three-car garage at the basement level. A wood deck extends around three sides of the upper floor. Although clad in the same vertical wood siding as the remainder of the house, this addition is differentiated by its squat massing, overhanging roof, foundation clad in stone veneer, and strongly defined window and door frames. The fenestration on the second addition is very geometric and includes square and rectangular windows.


Significance

The Spotts House was designed by architect Richard Henderson. The current assessor property card lists the date of construction as 1972, but since the 1960s property cards are currently undergoing conservation and are unavailable, further investigation is required to firmly establish a construction date and original owner for this house.

Wendy Spotts acquired the property in 1975. In 1979-80, an addition designed by Alan Goldberg containing a master suite was added to the north side of the house.

In 1986, David R. and Barbara W. Waters purchased the house. Roy A. and Janice E. Abramowitz acquired the property in 1997. That same year, the house was featured in the movie, "The Ice Storm." The Abramowitzes hired architect John R. Mastera & Associates to construct a large addition containing a three-car garage and master suite, which was completed around 2000.


National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2009.