You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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.

Continue reading below

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.’

Quote Icon

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 acedrone@globe.com.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.