Tag Archives: National Hall

Pic Of The Day #2161

Saugatuck River and National Hall, from the Westport Library (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Friday Flashback #338

Today’s Friday Flashback is a 3-fer.

(Photo/Clayton Liotta via Facebook)

This circa-1976 image reminds us of when:

  • Fairfield Furniture was the long-time occupant of National Hall. (FUN FACT: After Arthur Tauck bought the building — which once served as a bank, newspaper office, town meeting hall and the first site of Staples High School — with plans to turn it into a boutique hotel, he found tremendous structural damage. The roof had been weakened by decades of bird droppings.)
  • There were woods — not a mammoth office building — on Wright Street, behind Wilton Road.
  • Winters were cold enough to freeze the Saugatuck River.

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Pic Of The Day #2141

Saugatuck River in downtown fog (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Lynn Miller’s Downtown

Downtown Westport is compact: Main Street and the Post Road, plus the Saugatuck River.

But there’s a lot to see. And there’s no one who captures it better than Lynn Untermeyer Miller.

The Westport native and 1971 Staples High School graduate sees it all: the natural beauty. The shops and shoppers. And the hidden sights the rest of us walk right past.

Here’s what Lynn sees:

Imperial Avenue footbridge

Riverwalk, east side of the Levitt Pavilion

Riverwalk, behind the Levitt

West bank of the Saugatuck River

Riverwalk lights, near the Library

Westport Library

Arezzo restaurant and National Hall

Pedestrian walkway and Gorham Island, off Parker Harding Plaza

Village Square

View from Anthropologie

Alley between Post Road and Church Lane

WEST boutique

Taylor Place

Cold Fusion

Brandy Melville

A relic from the Y’s downtown days. (All photos/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pics Of The Day #2066

Downtown Westport in the fog — captured by Lynn Untermeyer Miller.

National Hall

Giegerich building

Library Riverwalk (All photos/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

National Hall Fire Snarls Downtown

The Westport Fire Department says:

At approximately 3:50 p.m. today. the Department received calls reporting a building fire at 2 Post Rd West (National Hall).

Arriving units reported heavy smoke from the roof of the 3-story building. Firefighters searched all floors to ensure everyone had evacuated safely.

Crews searched the top floor and attic space for fire. Westport Truck 1 went to the roof and searched for fire in the heavy smoke. Fire was discovered under the roof sheathing, and was extinguished after access was made by crews on the roof and top floor.

The scene on Post Road West.

Norwalk Truck 2 assisted with roof operations, while Wilton Engine 1 provided manpower on scene. Roadways were shut down in the vicinity of the fire on Wilton and Post Roads for the duration of the operation.

Crews from Fairfield and Weston Fire Departments provided station coverage. One firefighter was treated on scene for minor injuries.

Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office.

Firefighters on the National Hall roof. (Photos courtesy of Westport Fire Department)


Pics Of The Day #1568

National Hall, from the Saugatuck River west bank promenade … (Photo/Susan Leone)

…. plus this bonus photo of tonight’s Compo Beach sunset, submitted moments ago … (Photo/Carlos Garcia)

… and over Owenoke … (Photo/Jonathan Prager)

… ditto, Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Matt Murray)

Pic Of The Day #1468

National Hall, Wright Street building and more (Photo/Michael Chait)

Pic Of The Day #1374

Downtown at dusk (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Friday Flashback #210

Over the years I’ve seen tons of photos of the Riverside Avenue/Wilton Road intersection, looking down and east from the Post Road hill.

But until I spotted this one — courtesy of Kathleen Kiska and Michael Tedesco — I’d never seen a view quite like this.

The wide, sharp shot — from 1914 — seems to capture turn-of-the-last-century Westport. A thriving business district existed right alongside residential neighborhoods. The little kid riding a bicycle looks straight out of Norman Rockwell.

But who was in charge of the roads? They look in even worse shape than they are today.