Photo Challenge #344

The Photo Challenges I think will be impossible get answered correctly within nanoseconds by multiple readers.

The ones I figure are slam dunks stump nearly everyone.

Welcome to Sundays in “06880”-ville.

Maybe it’s because I spend so much time at Staples High School, and know the fieldhouse so well. I thought many Westporters of many ages would recognize last week’s image as the outcroppings on what from 1958 through 1981 was the outside wall of the gym.

When a renovation project brought 9 separate buildings together under one roof, that outside wall was enclosed. It’s now at the top of the steps, leading from the fieldhouse to the fitness center, offices and locker room below.

John D. McCarthy, Vanessa Bradford, Clark Thiemann, Michael Pettee and Adam Schwartz were the only readers to get it right. Carissa Simon Baker was close. All are Staples grads.

A similar architectural touch was seen on the outside wall of the auditorium, from 1958 until the new school was built on the site of the old one, in 2005.

Legend has it that for a senior prank, the Class of 1979 collected empty beer cans and alcohol bottles throughout the entire year. (Or maybe just one weekend — you never know.)

The night before graduation, they hoisted themselves up the side of the auditorium and gym walls, and put hundreds of bottles and cans on those outcroppings.

By the time the prank was discovered, it was too late. Thousands of spectators were passing by, on their way to the ceremony. Cheers!

Which leads us to this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/JC Martin)


12 responses to “Photo Challenge #344

  1. Jeannie Pearl

    Hudson Malone

  2. Barbara Greenspan

    Bogeys. 323. Hudson Malone.

  3. Hudson Malone restaurant.

  4. Peggy O’Halloran

    Main Street side of Hudson Malone

  5. Ellen Wentworth

    Definitely Hudson Malone!

  6. Inside the ned dimes marina clubhouse

  7. Bobbie Herman

    Hudson Malone. I must pass by there five times a week!

  8. Brandon Malin

    There is a similar architectural feature to the Fieldhouse and Auditorium ones at Staples in the auditorium balcony, as a bump-out on the wall up by the installed pipe where we hang lights. Must have been the common architecture at the time. It’s pretty handy as an anchor for the ladder we use to get up there, though easy to lose something small inside the holes!

  9. Linda Vita Velez

    Main Street – it’s the side of Hudson Malone Restaurant.
    I like the blue color!

  10. Seth Braunstein

    Hudson and Malones

  11. Barbara Mathias

    Hudson Malones

  12. They are the espalier trees outside of Hudson Malone