Photo Challenge #211

Our 1st-ever “4-fer” Photo Challenge showed a quartet of ads. All were shot in the 1950s and ’60s by photographer Bill Bell — longtime Westporter Bobbi Liepolt’s father — for the Dunbar furniture campaign. (Click here to see.)

The photos showed, in order:

  • Kathleen Laycock School on Beachside Avenue (now Greens Farms Academy)
  • Fairfield County Hunt Club
  • Nyala Farm, off Greens Farms Road
  • The Stony Point home of Leopold Godowsky (a concert violinist who helped develop Kodacolor and Ektachrome) and his wife, Frankie Gershwin (George and Ira’s younger sister, and a noted painter).

The first 3 sites are all still in Westport, in more or less the same condition (despite, in Nyala Farms’ case, the construction of a massive office building for Stauffer Chemicals’ world headquarters).

The Godowsky home was torn down in 2009, to make way for a larger, more modern home.

No one got all 4 right. The school was the easiest; Andrew Colabella, Dana Brownell, Barbara Sherburne, Rick Leonard and Bob Grant all quickly identified the iconic, Ivy League-looking main building.

The Hunt Club seemed to be the second easiest. Fred Cantor and Rick Leonard got that one.

It took a while to identify Nyala Farm and Stony Point — but Evan Stein got ’em both. Congrats to all!

This week, we “welcome” old and new readers with this Photo Challenge:

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

6 responses to “Photo Challenge #211

  1. Lynn Untermeyer Miller

    Saugatuck Train station.

  2. Andrew Colabella

    Westport train station

  3. Correct, Lynn and Andrew! It’s the bench near Donut Crazy, on the eastbound side of the Saugatuck train station. You’re “welcome”!

  4. Yes, that bench is one of my favorite places to wait (with a Donut Crazy coffee, now that Tommy and Fred are gone), when picking up relatives/friends from Grand Central. You obviously prefer to say the “eastbound” side, while others call it the “northbound” side. Eastbound is more accurate at this location on the line, but Is one description more correct than the other? [The schedules themselves merely say “to Grand Central” and “to New Haven.]

    • I’ve always heard it as westbound/eastbound for trains, northbound/southbound for the nearby I-95. Of course, that’s because 95 is part of an interstate that goes from Maine to Florida, even though in Connecticut it’s east and west.

  5. Minor correction. It’s leopold Godowski jr, and he was co-inventor of Kodachrome, the first , and arguably , best color slide film ever.
    His father was also a noted Musician , a Pianist.

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