Boards and Commissions News
The Newport Historic District Commission gave preliminary approval for the construction of a single-family residence with an accompanying pool and pool house at the corner of Annandale Road and Narraganset Avenue at its regular meeting on April 18. The almost two-acre parcel, which was once part of property known as “The Orchard,” was sold by Richard Saul Wurman in December 2015.
In other business before the commission, an application to demolish the property at 49 Cliff Ave. was denied after a lengthy and sometimes contentious discussion. The home, owned by former Governor Bruce Sundlun, consists of 5,572 square-feet of living space and sits on 4.7 acres along the Cliff Walk. Originally constructed in 1948, a major addition was added in 1989. Much of the discussion centered around the “historic significance” of the home, with representatives of the current owners suggesting that modifications and additions to the original 1948 home diluted much of its historic character, a position that members of the commission took exception to in denying the application.
— Bob Rulli