Photo Challenge #429

Westport does not lack for old, Federal-style homes, with handsome features like cupolas and widow’s walks. (Though, like many venerable houses in Westport, they are an endangered species.)

So it’s particularly impressive that 17 readers quickly knew exactly where last week’s Photo Challenge — portraying just the top of the home — was.

Peter Barlow’s well-cropped photo (click here to see) showed 16 Bridge Street, next to Saxon Lane near Imperial Avenue.

It’s a well-traveled road. When back-ups occur — as they frequently do — at least drivers have a wonderful streetscape to occupy their time.

(And despite recent new construction, Bridge Street is now part of a Historic District.)

Fred Cantor, Seth Schachter, Doug Weber (who should know — he owns the home!), Andrea Cross, Dave Eason, Jonathan McClure, Andrew Colabella, Diane Silfen, Michelle and Steven Saunders, Werner Liepolt (who lives across the street), Nina Marino, Clark Thiemann, Jo Kirsch, Adam Starr, Shirlee Gordon, Bill Scheffler and Mary Ann Batsell all knew their architecture. Congratulations!

As for that widow’s walk: A kerfuffle broke out in the Comments section when a reader claimed the term referred only to those on homes in whaling communities. That’s not true. Any coastal house can have a widow’s walk.

However, the definition of that feature refers to a “railed rooftop platform” where women could stare out to sea, waiting for their husband’s ship to come in.

16 Bridge Street does not have that raised platform — it’s all enclosed (though perhaps it once did). The debate continues.

Today’s Photo Challenge is a bit tougher. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Scott Smith)

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9 responses to “Photo Challenge #429

  1. Burying Hill Beach

  2. Part of Gault’s old facility on the river behind The Whelk and Saugatuck Sweets?

  3. Two bollards on a quayside somewhere in Westport.

  4. Pat Saviano and Dr. Ralph Balducci, Ph.D., are correct. Photographer Scott Smith explains: “They are two bitts (moorings used to anchor boats) long covered by sand at Burying Hill Beach, just west of the walkway easement that leads to Beachside Ave. They at the edge of the beachfront owned by the modernist house overlooking the Sound across the street from Greens Farms Academy.”

  5. Andrew Colabella

    Ballard’s on Burying Hill by the sea wall or Longshore below the sea wall where the old lighthouse use to be.

  6. Seth Braunstein

    Burrying Hill Beach

  7. those are bits for tying up commercial vessels like tugs, barges, coastal tankers, etc. so I will guess that they are on the seawall at the Gault facility in Suagatuck.

  8. Beth Berkowitz

    Burying hill on the beach.

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