Compo Acres Paint Palette — Part 2

If you’re holding your breath waiting for the return of the Compo Acres paint palette — first reported in Wednesday’s “06880” — you can exhale.


Alert “06880” reader Suzanne Sherman Propp tracked down the property owner (Equity One in New York City), and the man responsible for the Westport shopping center property (Glenn Wilson, Northeast Regional Manager).

She wrote:

Hi! My name is Suzanne Sherman Propp and I’ve lived in Westport since 1966. I’ve always been a huge fan of the light blue Compo Acres Sign in the shape of a paint palette that was leaning up against the tree at the corner of the Post Road and Compo Road North. Can you tell me what happened to it?

His one-sentence reply:

We had that replaced and I believe it was thrown out.

Equity One’s tagline is “improving retail real estate in urban communities.”

Suburban communities — not so much.

The Compo Acres paint palette is gone...

The Compo Acres paint palette is gone…

...but we do have this huge granite slab not far away.

…but we do have this huge granite slab not far away.

We had that replaced and I believe it was thrown out.

– Suzanne Sherman Propp

- Suzanne Sherman Propp

14 responses to “Compo Acres Paint Palette — Part 2

  1. Aw, that’s too bad. A sign of the (old) times, and sounds as if it’s gone for good.

  2. Madeleine ("Mandy") Mercier

    What a disappointment. We moved to Westport in 1955 and that sign is one my earliest childhood memories. We didn’t live near it or anything but of course passed it all the time — for years and years. It was always an iconic image of the “artsy” town we lived in. I’m even more sad that they threw it away.

  3. I thought this sign meant a mausoleum was coming to the site. Turns out it’s just another memorial.

  4. Tom Feeley



    Throw out the new sign, have the arts folks recreate the old one. Should be a no-brainer.

  5. Wendy Crowther

    I’m totally bummed out about this. It’s a shame that it didn’t even occur to the non-Westport owners and sales managers that this might be something Westporters have loved for decades. Why not offer it to the Historical Society or incorporate it into another location on the site. Unfortunately, dumpsters are the cheap, go-to solutions. It’s a sad loss. Sigh.

  6. Laura Myer

    If the old sign was a nod to Westport’s arts filled past, the new granite replacement serves as a tombstone for diminishing old Westport. Isn’t there some sort of vetting process for signage? I know that progress or at least someone’s interpretation of it is imminent, but really isn’t anything sacred? That sign should have been given to the Historical Society as the Remarkable Bookstore sign was. Watch out Civil War era tree on the corner, many newcomers/property developers would deem you hazardous and at the very least, hopelessly out of fashion.

  7. Fred Cantor

    I guess I never paid that much attention to the old sign. I did notice the new signage right away and agree that it does have an unfortunate tombstone character to it.

    But, the bottom line is, this is a basic postwar trip mall that never seemed to me to have any historic character, period, and I don’t think the old sign in any way remedied that situation.

    The Remarkable sign was much more prominent, and was part and parcel of the iconic building that served as the introduction to downtown Main Street for drivers coming from the Merritt or other points north. Yes, it would have been nice if Equity One had saved the Compo Acres sign but I don’t view this as another real loss of Westport’s old-time character.

  8. Fred Cantor

    That should read “strip mall.”

  9. Eric William Buchroeder

    So some miss it and some don’t. I was in town recently and noticed it had gone on my way to compo beach but as usual it took Dan Woog to bring this to light and comment. But the tragedy is that some elohssA out to make a quick buck just threw it out. It reminds me of when “Sherwood Square” was miraculously transformed to “Sconset Square.” From “authentic history” to “re-branding strategy” in one fell superficial and ersatz swoop!!!!

  10. The Westport that I knew…the westport that had a pop. of18,000- 20,000 people living in a mellow all inclusive town. Jewish people were accepted in in the early 60’s. We were originally going to live in Darien but they would not allow jews into their country clubs etc. Times have changed. I now preside in Maine as Westport priced most of us from that era out.

  11. Michael Calise

    But it is very helpful – It tells you where you should be pointing your car to get in and how to get out

  12. It would have been nice if they’d offered it to the Historical Society to see if someone wanted it. I wonder if they thought to offer it to the Silvers who have been in that shopping center for so many years.

    What a terrible business decision for this development company. They could have made hundreds or even thousands of dollars if they have auctioned off the sign. Or think of the good they could have done (for the town and their own PR) if they had auctioned it and donated the money to a Westport-based charity.

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      Amen to what you said, Nina. Hopefully if the original cannot be found, someone will replicate it. You can age the thing with UV technology and it’ll be as close to the original as you can get. This is archeology, we’re not going to be around forever but the artifacts of a special place should be preserved. Or else they should make “Westport!!!! The Musical” and borrow the theme from Camelot. The Orphenians can provide musical support.

  13. melody james

    Is this yet another sign that Westport’s reputation as an artists’ colony or a community that attracted so many artists and creative people has waned?? As someone who moved here in 1949 I can attest to the many amazing people calling it “home” and how the demographic has changed! I LOVED THAT PALET SIGN and we all took it for granted!