Photo Challenge #448

First it was National Hall. The handsome brick building on the west side of the Saugatuck River housed — among other things — a bank, newspaper, meeting hall, and (in 1884) the first few months of Horace Staples’ new school.

In the 1900s it became Fairfield Furniture. Painted white, its 3 floors were filled with — you guessed it — sofas, tables and the like.

The roof was filled with something else: a century of bird droppings.

When the Tauck family considered buying it in the late 1980s,  that almost became a structural-defect deal-breaker.

But the Taucks persevered. Their painstaking renovation returned it to its original splendor, this time as a boutique hotel and high-end restaurant.

In the years since, the rechristened National Hall has been the site of other restaurants, offices and a real estate firm.

Last week it — well, the top floor window and adjacent molding — was the subject of our Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.)

Fred Cantor, Rick Leonard, Diane Silfen, Andrew Colabella, Molly Alger, Jonathan McClure, Jim Dickenson, Seth Braunstein, Kenny Gilbertie, Jodie Aujla and Clark Thiemann quickly knew the answer.

Most of them are longtime Westporters. All have, I am sure, sat in traffic often, gazing up at that sight: one of our town’s most historic structures.

Speaking of history: Who remembers Ross Perot’s run for president in 1996? (I didn’t; I thought his only attempt was in ’92.)

It lives on in Westport. But where?

(Photo/James R. Morgan)

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

10 responses to “Photo Challenge #448

  1. I have no idea but I just wanted to say that is one hardy sticker.

  2. Patricia Saviano

    This is a tough one!

  3. Greens Farm Railroad Station Platform on Utility Pole!

  4. John D McCarthy

    Some utility box or tower that hasn’t been maintained

  5. Jonathan McClure

    I know I’ve seen it somewhere before, I’m thinking on an electrical panel cover? 629 could be the strip mall where Fresh Market is, or Riverside Avenue around Tutti’s?

  6. Alan Shinbaum is (amazingly) correct: a utility pole at the Greens Farms railroad station. Very, very impressive!

  7. Nanette Buziak Lexow

    Greens Farms Train Station NY bound side

  8. Andrew Colabella

    Yes it’s greens farms train station! NY Side, originally the personal station for Mr. Bedford of standard oil I believe.

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