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Westport To Move Historic Kemper Gunn House To New Site

The Kemper Gunn House will be relocated on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The Kemper Gunn House will be relocated on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Kemper Gunn House will be moved to its new location on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 a.m., the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has announced.

A section of Elm Street will be closed from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the move of the Kemper Gunn House from its current location on Church Street to the Baldwin Parking Lot on Elm Street.

There will be no impact on Church Lane. The Baldwin Parking Lot will remain open at all times via the westerly access from Elm Street. But motorists may encounter delays and detours during this time.

The historic landmark built in 1885 was the center of controversy for nearly two years as it stood in the way of a major development project.

Efforts to move the home were initially shot down when the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the use of town land for relocation.

“It’s been a long haul, but well worth it,” WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell said in a statement. “It is not every day a town gets to save an almost 200-year-old house and also watch it roll across a street. We’re offering coffee and baked goods, people are invited to come down to celebrate and watch the big event.”

The house will be restored, and be rented out at a discount to market rates to promote diversity in retail in the area.

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