August 19, 2011

'Clipperways' to be razed

The 113-year-old home has been called 'the jewel of Prouts Neck.' The new owner will build another house.

By Trevor Maxwell
Staff Writer

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The 113-year-old home called Clipperways on Prouts Neck in Scarborough is going to be demolished by its new owner this fall and replaced with a new home consistent with the architecture of the original.

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"They wanted us to come out and go to the beach, or to parties," Porcaro recalled. "We'd be sitting down for dinner and we'd hear the screen door slam and one of our friends would come in. My father loved the house so much, he never wanted anyone to leave. So he would just get our friends to sit down and join us, and the party would be right there."

After Marlee Cairns died a few years ago, Porcaro and her sisters inherited the property. It was difficult to manage because the sisters live in Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Toronto, and have 16 children among them. The expense of the home was also overwhelming, including an annual tax bill of nearly $50,000, Porcaro said.

"It was a heartbreaking decision to sell, but we realized that we couldn't afford it anymore," she said.

Vicki Halmos, who lives two doors down from Clipperways on Homer Winslow Road, heard just this week about Gould's plan. She said it's always hard to watch older homes torn down, especially in a place like Prouts Neck, where owners generally value the unique histories of their homes.

Halmos' house, The Barnacle, is more than 100 years old, and she is the third owner. A former owner, an Episcopal minister, left a traveling trunk and a Bible in the home, and Halmos takes care of them.

"You go back and look at the Prouts Neck history books and there is Clipperways," Halmos said. "It's a fixture here."

While she will be sad to see Clipperways demolished, Halmos said, she respects Gould's decision as a property owner.

"I don't know Mr. Gould. I've heard good things about him," Halmos said. "I'm sure that his project will have the best interest of Prouts in mind, whatever he does."

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