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Truro house in area that inspired Hopper must go

Officials in Truro have ordered that a 8,333-square-foot house, which has been at the center of controversy for several years, be demolished.

The house is owned by Andrea Kline, widow of businessman Donald Kline, and is located at 27 Stephens Way on what is known as the Hopper Landscape, overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

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The scenery provided inspiration for painter Edward Hopper, who spent summers in South Truro.

Since the building permits for the property were issued, and construction began on the house in 2008, its owners and neighbors have been waging a legal battle, with neighbors stating that the house is an eyesore in the middle of the historic landscape.

“From the road [the house] appears quite unintrusive,’’ said Alan Efromson, chairman of Truro’s zoning board of appeals. “If you do see it from above, it looks like an airplane hangar or something seen from a plane. It’s enormous.’’

Over the years the case wound its way through the zoning board, to land court, to appeals court, and finally was turned down for review by the state Supreme Judicial Court in early November, Efromson said.

Following the decision by the court to not take the case, zoning board members met last month and voted to instruct Thomas Wingard Jr., the town building commissioner, to revoke the building permits.

‘You are ordered to restore the property as nearly as possible to its preconstruction state.’

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In a letter dated Friday, Wingard informed Kline’s trustee, Duane Landreth, that the house must be demolished.

The letter goes on to state that, “In addition to removal of the offending structure, you are ordered to restore the property as nearly as possible to its preconstruction state.’’

Landreth would not comment on the case.

Citing the long legal battle the town has seen over the years, some neighbors of the property believe the issue is far from resolved.

One Stephens Way resident, who declined to give his name, said, “I can’t believe the landscape will come back in my lifetime.’’

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at
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