Photo Challenge #180

When I posted last week’s photo challenge, I thought it was pretty easy. Everyone knows the Mediterranean-style windows on the old Positano — the former restaurant on Old Mill Beach — right?


The 2nd person to comment guessed it was the now-closed Acqua and Boca restaurants, in the back of Parker Harding Plaza. So did another person, a few minutes later.

Hey, they are similar.

But Fred Cantor, Andrew Colabella, Matt Murray, David Sampson, Tom Siebrasse, Christopher Buckley, Seth Braunstein, Ed Gerber, Ken Palumbo, Lois Hines, Jim Hood, Patricia McMahon, Amy Schneider, Karen Como, Vanessa Bradford, Martin Gitlin, Sarah Menninger Kit Lee, Tina Torraco, Beau James, Peter Ritchey and Mary Ann Batsell all posted “Positano” (or “Cafe de la Plage,” its long-lived predecessor). (Click here for the photo.)

Sadly, the building may soon be gone. And then we’ll have only memories of it, and the restaurants before it, that gave that neighborhood a bit of a European feel.

Today’s challenge shows beautiful flower boxes. We have many, all around town. But where are these?

If you know, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Susan Iseman)


22 responses to “Photo Challenge #180

  1. Andrew Colabella

    THE MILL! Richmondville

  2. I think this is on Riverside but, if so, I can’t place the exact location.

  3. Richmondville commercial building

  4. Yeah, def the old mill on Richmondville.

  5. The front facade to the Old Mill on Richmondville Avenue

  6. Arline Grrtzoff

    It is Old Mill building on Richmondville Ave just Before the bottom of Oak Street

  7. You guys are VERY good. I thought this would be a tough one. Obviously, you know Westport. This is indeed the Mill Building on Richmondville. Anyone know anything about its history? I’m sure you do!

  8. I think it is on Riverside right before Dunville’s! Where the stain glass store used to be.

  9. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    History not identification…is it by any chance one of the old buildings that are just below Lee’s Dam and part of the old mill factory? We used to walk through the woods from the Clinton Avenue Merritt Parkway Bridge to the river and then down to the dam to Richmondville Avenue. My brother had a friend who lived there..

    • Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

      OOPS! I did not read Dan’s post carefully. Sorry. Now, what did they make at the Mill? Was it string?

      • They made tinsel ribbon cords, fringes, ribbons, boucle, seine and cotton twines, candlewick and cords. It was powered by a millrace diversion of the Saugatuck River.

        • Peter Barlow

          There were a lot of colored dyes used in this work and on most afternoons the water in the canal along Canal Street would be a bright red one day and yellow or green the next day. It all flowed into the Saugatuck River with everything else.

  10. Wendy Pieper

    The old plastic factory. Glendenning.

  11. Seth Goltzer

    Looks like the factory building on ZRichmondville.

  12. When we lived in our first house in Westport, it was on Richmondville Ave in the early 60’s. I remember that it was an embalming fluid factory — we all got spooked by it? The sickening sweet smell of the embalming fluid was strong around the factory and I can still remember it to this day as we used to ride bikes down into that parking lot to the side of the building. Anyone else remember the embalming fluid part of this building’s history? We lived there from 60 to 64 and then moved to Bridge St.

  13. Amelie Babkie

    The Mill on Richmondville Avenue

  14. Jaimie F. Dockray

    Mill on Richmondville

  15. Suzanne L. Wilson

    Missed that one, even though I once worked in that building! Besides “tinsel ribbon cords, fringes, ribbons, boucle, seine and cotton twines, candlewick and cords” and according to rumor–coffin nails, there was also a great deal of art “manufactured”. Studios on the top floor once were once rented by Famous Artists Schools for the use of their faculty. Alfred Chadbourn, Charles Reid, Mort Rosenfeld, Stanley Bleifield, Robert Baxter, Ann Toulmin-Rothe, Bert Dodson, Ward Brackett and many others worked there for years. It was also home to weaving, interior design and graphics studios. Looks a little different today!