The transformation of the Westport YMCA into Bedford Square has brought big changes to downtown.
But that area is always changing. We may not notice it — but our commercial center constantly evolves.
Even the Saugatuck River looks different now, compared to a few decades ago.
In 1985 — to honor the 150th anniversary of the community’s founding — the Westport Historical Society produced “Westport … A Special Place.”
A 2-page photo spread highlighted the many changes that had taken place over the previous 30 years — when Wells Studio took an aerial shot.
Clicking on or hovering over the image shows downtown before:
- Landfill for the library and Levitt Pavilion
- Police headquarters on Jesup Road
- Parker Harding Plaza behind Main Street — also landfill — narrowed the river
- The 4-story Gap building, and Brooks Corner across the street
- Demolition of several industrial buildings on Riverside Avenue
- Save the Children (formerly Famous Artists) on Wilton Road.
Much has changed in the 32 years since 1985, of course — including the current renovation of Save the Children.
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