Photo Challenge #238

At first glance, last week’s Photo Challenge was impossible.

Molly Alger’s shot showed some beautiful wineberries. They looked delicious — and it seemed they could be anywhere.

Lurking in the background, though, was a small part of a building.

It was easy to miss. But Andrew Colabella saw it — and recognized it as part of Golden Shadows, Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff’s 1950s-era “mansion.”

Today, we’d call it a “house.” It’s still there, on the now-town-owned property called Baron’s South.

Click here to see the photo. To see it in real life, use the South Compo Road entrance (or walk through from Imperial Avenue). Most people don’t know, but the park is open from dawn till dusk.

Here’s this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, fire away!

(Photo/Lee Scharfstein)

14 responses to “Photo Challenge #238

  1. The Police station?

  2. Diane Silfen

    Police Station

  3. Entrance lobby of Police Station

  4. Vestibule lobby area of police station

  5. Sharon Paulsen

    It’s gotta be police station! 😉

  6. Michael Calise

    Everybody has a good chance of being right. I’m surprised no one guessed Tax Collectors Office!

  7. Michael Calise

    Just for fun I’ll guess metro north ticket office

  8. Jonathan McClure

    Police station walk up window

  9. Kevin McCaul


  10. Cashier cage at Starbucks

  11. It is the police station lobby. If you’ve ever bought a PAL fireworks ticket there, or gone for (ahem) some other reason, you might have seen this. It’s heavy glass — for a reason.

    On the morning of July 4, 1961 Brendan McLaughlin — a former Marine working as a New York advertising executive — shot and killed his father during a family argument.

    The murder took place in the McLaughlins’ old Victorian house on Gorham Island — the site today of that 40,000-square foot office building.

    McLaughlin fled. An hour before dawn he burst into the police station on Jesup Road. He pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired at 2 policemen behind the front desk, wounding Donald Bennette.

    Officers chased him into the parking lot, where he shot Chapo. A shootout ensued; McLaughlin was wounded.

    Chapo and Bennette recovered. McLaughlin died several weeks later.

    The police station lobby was renovated in 1988. Mindful of the July 4th tragedy, greater security measures were installed.

  12. Andrew Colabella

    Westport Police Dept Window

  13. Brooks Sumberg

    police station