Photo Challenge #417

When most of us are on Railroad Place, we’re intent on something.

Getting to the train. Heading for dinner at Tarantino, Harvest, Romanacci or Allium. Shopping.

If you take the time to look up at #16, you’ll see an old, diamond-shaped window, underneath a wooden gable. (Click here to see.)

Mark Pocius, Robert Mitchell, Bob Weingarten, John Terpening, Gloria Gouveia, Diane Silfen, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Chip Stephens and Andrew Colabella all look up enough to have nailed it, as last week’s Photo Challenge.

I asked if anyone knew the back story to the unique shape.

John wondered whether the window was installed “in a way that allows it to open/pivot in the center in the hopes of inviting hot air to escape through the upper half, while inviting cooler air to enter through the bottom half, thereby creating a ‘primitive’ form of ventilation.”

Gloria Bobbie noted: “They were known as ‘witch windows’ in Colonial times, because witches couldn’t fly with their broomsticks through them. Many of them are found in Vermont.” She added a helpful Wikipedia link.

This week’s Photo Challenge should be an easy one — if you’re an alert “06880” reader. If you know where in Westport you’d see the image below, click “Comments.”

PS: Merry Christmas to all Photo Challengers!

(Photo/Eric Bosch)


18 responses to “Photo Challenge #417

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    This one is easy. It’s a group portrait of the library trustees that were paying attention when the museum of history and culture destroyed the library’s history and culture.

  2. Riverside Park by the water.

  3. Riverside Park

  4. Riverside Park

  5. Riverside Park, chairs donated by a random park goer to enjoy the view of the river and three bridges.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  6. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70 (retired historian/librarian (you guys outta try it)

    What is this? An echo chamber?

  7. I told you it was easy! That’s my Christmas gift to you all …

  8. The Riverside Park chairs remain

  9. I see from the water when I’m rowing up the river and always chuckle – looks like an art installation to me. Random chairs outside on the water!

  10. Johanna Keyser Rossi

    little park on Riverside Avenue that’s being renovated?

  11. Peggy O’Halloran

    Riverside Park. Don’t know if they’re still there post renovation. Loved the artistic and practical expression.

  12. Bill Christiaanse

    Ah-ah! Those four chairs are sitting in the recently re-done and beautiful Riverside Park on Riverside Avenue. They are facing the water and are not traditional park furniture. – Bill Christiaanse

  13. Linda Vita Velez

    The chairs are in the new Riverside Park facing the river!

  14. Dan — it wasn’t Gloria who explained about the witch windows — it was I. Have you forgotten me, just because I’ve moved to Redding?

  15. By the shores of the Saugatuck River in the newly completed park!

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