Category Archives: Beach

Photo Challenge #146

Last week’s photo challenge was one of those I’m-sure-I-saw-it-somewhere images.

If you’ve ever strolled along Soundview Avenue — and every Westporter enjoys the beach exit road at some point — you noticed the handsome gray-shingled home on the corner of Norwalk Avenue.

And you saw — whether you remembered it or not — the red postal box by the porch.

Congratulations to Patricia McMahon, Fred Cantor, Elaine Marino, Catherine Ryan and Seth Goltzer. They remembered exactly where it was. (Click here for the photo.) 

Back in the day, the entire Compo Beach neighborhood was summer homes only. Many — like this now-renovated house — date to the early 20th century. In addition to the postal box, 15 Soundview boasts a historic plaque.

Here’s this week’s photo challenge. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Pic Of The Day #180

Ned Dimes Marina, from Compo Beach Road. (Photo/Marion Kelly)

Everyone Into The Water!

Just a typical Saturday in mid-October:

(Photo/Chip Stephens)

Pic Of The Day #179

Tonight, photographer Larry Silver — who took an iconic shot of the Compo Beach showers in 1980 — was honored by the Westport Historical Society. Earlier today, workmen renovated those same showers. (Photo/Nancy Lewis)

Pic Of The Day #178

Burying Hill Beach sunrise (Photo/Art Schoeller)

Pic Of The Day #177

The good life (Photo/Fred Cantor)

New Teardown In Old Neighborhood

Over the past few years, the Compo Beach Historic District has lost several homes to demolition.

Next up to go down: 15 Roosevelt Road.

The other day, neighbor Larry Hoy wrote to the Historic District Commission:

Please halt the demolition of this 92-year-old home in our historic Compo Beach neighborhood.

15 Roosevelt Road

The destruction of our neighborhood must stop. Too many of the original homes have been destroyed to make way for McMansions. Two homes on Roosevelt Road were torn down in recent years and replaced with homes  that are out of scale in our neighborhood.

Both new homes required variances for which the owners claimed they had large families. As it turns out, both homes are now occupied by single people. These illicit variances have paved the way for the destruction of this once beautiful street.

A large house replaced a smaller center-chimney colonial on Roosevelt Road.

11 Roosevelt Road has recently been saved and tastefully restored. This is the approach that should be taken with 15 Roosevelt Rd. Preservation — not destruction — is the only acceptable solution for this house in our neighborhood.  Please help us halt this destruction!

11 Roosevelt Road was recently restored with additions, but only minor changes to the facade. (Photos/Larry Hoy)

Speaking of history: Two streets in the Compo Beach Historic District — Roosevelt and Quentin Roads — were named after Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son. Quentin Roosevelt was killed in his airplane over Normandy on Bastille Day, during World War I.

(The Historic District Commission will consider the application for demolition tonight at 7 p.m., in Town Hall Room 201.)

Pic Of The Day #175

Ziggy Hallgarten — on fall break from Cornell University — enjoys a windy day at Compo. 

Pic Of The Day #172

Liz Fry, Chris Woods and friend, moments after a full-moon autumn swim at Burying Hill Beach. (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

Pic Of The Day #171

The Compo Beach playground: a web of fun. (Photo/Amy Schneider)