Preservation Meets New Construction in Westport

By KLAFFStyle Editorial Staff
Photography Courtesy of Casa Loma Studios

Lifestyle Expert and Real Estate Entrepreneur Mar Jennings Walks Us Through

Too many times wonderful historic homes are knocked down to make way for new construction. According to Emmy-nominated TV host, lifestyle expert and real estate entrepreneur Mar Jennings, we are throwing away our history unnecessarily – and we need to care more about what we’re losing. He cites a thoughtful and creative alternative to the ‘tear down’.

A beautiful new-construction estate home at 33 Meeker Road in Westport, Conn. — now known as Union House — seamlessly integrates the original house on the property, a 900-square-foot Georgian colonial built around 1800. The stunning result totals 7650 square feet and offers a total of 17 rooms including six bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths and five fire places – including the original one from 1800.

The house was completed in 2015 and won the Westport Historic Society’s 2016 Preservation Award for architect Bill Achilles and builder Scott Rochlin, both of whom have been previously recognized by industry associations. The property carries an historic plaque noting preservation of ‘Meeker House – c1800’.

Said Mar Jennings, whose real estate brokerage group works exclusively with Douglas Elliman Real Estate and is handling the sale of the property, “It is a true privilege to market a property that holds our community’s past in high esteem while paying equal attention to the needs and expectations of today’s luxury homebuyer. Scott Rochlin not only meticulously retained the fine craftsmanship of the past but matched it in the new construction. You can see it particularly in the millwork details.”

Mar Jennings
Westport, CT

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There is also a freestanding, fully-renovated 525-square-foot bungalow with one bedroom, one bath, kitchen and fireplace that can serve as a guest house or a rental unit. The 2.62-acre property is approved for a pool, pool house and tennis courts. Plans are available. In addition, the house has been furnished for marketing by Lillian August Design Center. For prospective buyers desiring a truly turn-key situation the furnishing may also be purchased.

During construction, Scott Rochlin approached KLAFFS Lighting General Manager Candace Pereira to design the home’s lighting and select its fixtures.

“It was a delightful challenge,” said Pereira. “We tried to find a balance between paying homage to the historic aspects of the project while acknowledging today’s more contemporary tastes. We achieved the objective by selecting clean, modern fixtures with classic elements.

Union House is available to purchase for $2,699,000. For more information about this unique property and its many amenities or to schedule an appointment contact Mar Jennings at

The images throughout this article show a number of Candace Pereira’s lighting choices:

Lighting Brand List

Breakfast Table Chandelier – Feiss Lighting

Stairwell Chandelier – Visual Comfort and Co.

Master Bedroom Chandelier and Flush Mount Ceiling Light – Robert Abbey

Kitchen Island – JVI Imports

Living Room Chandelier – Crystorama Lighting

Living Room Sconces – Quoizel Lighting

Original Home (now the two-story Pub Room) – Sconces – Quoizel Lighting

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