Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #97

The letters shown in last week’s photo challenge — “GF” — narrowed the prospects considerably. Clearly, they were somewhere in Greens Farms.

But where?

Only one “06880” reader — Susan Huppi — knew they could be found on Greens Farms Elementary School. Not Greens Farms Academy, the post office or anywhere else nearby, as others guessed. (Click here for the photo, and all the comments.)

Wrong readers were consoled by this great info, posted by Seth Schachter (who also took the photo). He wrote:

The building that is presently Greens Farms School was built in 1925 by Charles E. Cutler, a hands-on architect. It is the only Tudor Revival school building in Westport, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It was originally designed for a student population of around 200.

Charles Cutler built several notable buildings in town including Westport Bank and Trust (now Patagonia), the “Lindbergh house” on Long Lots (they only spent a summer there), Governor Lodge’s houses and several Beachside homes.

Additions to GFS were done in the 1950s and then the ’90’s. As with the older Greens Farms School on Clapboard, philanthropist Edward T. Bedford helped fund the new school (in addition to Bedford Elementary School on Myrtle Avenue, currently used as Town Hall).

In 1983, due to declining student enrollment, GFS was closed as a school and converted into a home for the Westport Arts Center and Senior Center. In the early 1990’s, with an increase in student population, Westport spent over $16 million to renovate and expand the building. In 1997, GFS was reopened for school use.

So now you know.

And now on to this week’s photo challenge:

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

If you know where it is, click “Comments” below.

Here’s a hint: Peter Tulupman took this gorgeous shot on a morning walk.

13 responses to “Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #97

  1. Earthplace?

  2. Devil’s Den?

  3. Baron’s property.

  4. Michael Calise

    could be Barons South

  5. Nice stone edging detail!

  6. Looks like Baron’s property path

  7. Ed, Michael and Seth are correct. It’s one of the little-known, under-utilized paths on the Baron’s South property. Take a walk there sometime — quite a place!

  8. The Baron’s property: as it is so wooded yet has the paved drive w/ the tiny curb edging lining it. (So not a wood in a local preserve).

    • Oh… I wrote that before Dan’s answer — but by the time I hit send it was about ten minutes later because it takes me so very long to type! 🙁

  9. Christopher Buckley

    Baron’s South

  10. Joyce Barnhart

    Peter (and anybody else), when you walk in the Baron’s south property, look up on tree trunks for rectangular holes. They are made by pileated woodpeckers, large birds that make me think of Woody Woodpecker. They are probably not common around town because of loss of habitat, but you can see evidence of them on the Baron’s land in those rectangular openings into trees.

    • I haven’t seen a woodpecker in ages! Nor heard one: they were quite loud whilst working away!

      We had *one* (of course I thought it was the same *one* as a child) in our back garden in Westport in the 60s — which was very wooded. I really miss hearing & seeing them. 🙁

      This description of “rectangular holes” you’ve given us is so interesting: they’re like woodworkers!

    • A Pileated Woodpecker chisels door-shaped holes because its long neck gives it more reach than other woodpeckers. I’ve seen a few in my yard/neighbourhood over the years — such stunning birds.
      Nice to know that they live on both coasts!