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Editorial

Truro lacks cause to demolish home that blocks Hopper’s ‘view’

THE AVERAGE residential building-permit dispute in rural Massachusetts doesn’t usually garner widespread attention, but nothing about the Kline house in Truro is average. Nearly one year after issuing a certificate of occupancy for the completed home, the Town of Truro ordered the owner to demolish the glass-and-concrete structure.

The flat, modern residence sticks out both because of its style - Truro’s rolling landscape is dotted primarily by Cape Cod-style clapboard and shingle structures - and because, at 8,333 square feet, the house boasts Truro’s largest living area. It also sits steps away from the place where Edward Hopper once summered on the Cape and painted his view, which had hardly changed in the century before Florida residents Donald and Andrea Kline began constructing their home in 2008.

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