Westport home crafted by designer of Gershwin Theatre listed for $1.5M

The home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport is a classic mid-century modern-style house. Built in 1958, the home’s origins are tied to classic pieces of American history. 

According to Coldwell Banker listing agent Erin Melson, the home was designed by architect Ralph Alswang. Alswang was a Broadway scenic designer for productions such as “The Rainmaker,” “Peter Pan,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” according to the New York Times, before switching careers to design whole theaters instead of just sets. 

Alswang created Theater Planning Associates, the Times noted, under which he designed Broadway’s Uris Theatre. According to Broadway website Playbill.com, the theater was designed in an “Art Noveau” style and opened in 1972 before it was renamed in 1983 after composer George Gershwin. 

The home has additional ties to pieces of American culture. Melson said in an email that the Bayberry Ridge Road home was custom-built by Alswang for the Knopf publishing family. The family created the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house in 1915, according to the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group website, and has published works from authors including Toni Morrison, John Updike and Julia Child. Town of Westport property records indicate the home was originally owned by Alfred Knopf, Jr. and sold only once in 1999. 

One of the living spaces in the home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport, Conn. 

One of the living spaces in the home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport, Conn. 

John Caropreso for Coldwell Banker / Contributed Photo

Now on the market for $1.498 million, Melson said the home takes advantage of its “two bucolic acres,” noting that its “purposely positioned to maximize light” with its floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plan. Inside the home, there are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, the listing notes that the main level features a living room and dining room area with a fireplace and chef’s kitchen that includes a butler’s pantry and second sink. There’s also a family room with “double-story windows,” a fireplace and deck, according to the listing. 

The second level contains the primary bedroom and two additional bedrooms, the listing notes, while a fourth bedroom is located near a recreation space. The lowest level of the home has space for two offices, according to the listing, or an office and a fifth bedroom. Outside the home, there’s a heated pool, as well as a blue stone patio and deck. 

The home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport, Conn. has a heated pool on its more than 2 acres of land. 

The home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport, Conn. has a heated pool on its more than 2 acres of land. 

John Caropreso for Coldwell Banker / Contributed Photo

The Westport home is not alone in its connections to famous architects. A Stamford house sold in September was designed by the architects behind the Beacon Towers in Sands Point, Long Island, which, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was built for Alva Belmont, the ex-wife of railroad tycoon William K. Vanderbilt. It was later owned by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. The house is also often cited as the "architectural muse" for F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." An Italian villa-style property in Cornwall was designed by the same architect responsible for constructing the Bass Library at Yale University and Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. 

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