We’ve lost many handsome buildings in Westport.
Some are gone because of neglect. Others outlived their usefulness. Still more were torn down because they were in the way of something newer, different or “better.”
For years, a handsome building stood at 50 Jesup Road. It was once a private residence. Later, it became the Open Door Inn:
(Photo courtesy of Paul Ehrismann)
It was demolished in the 1950s. The town had outgrown its police headquarters — in the basement of what was then Town Hall. Today the building houses 2 restaurants: Jesup Hall and, below, Rothbard Ale + Larder.
If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the cops who worked there — and prisoners in the lockup, staring through bars at the alley outside.
Losing your car keys is a hassle.
But back in the day, a replacement cost only a dollar or two.
Today, a new “fob” can run a couple hundred bucks.
Back in the day, when you lost your car keys you’d post signs in your neighborhood.
Now, you can post an item on “06880+.”
But there’s an even better alternative.
In the lobby of Westport Police headquarters sits a plastic container filled with 2 or 3 dozen lost keys.
Many Westporters don’t know about this low-key but effective public service.
So the next time you lose your keys, don’t call the cops.
Go to Jesup Road headquarters yourself. Of course, you’ll have to call someone for a ride…
Click here for “06880+”: The easy way to publicize upcoming events, sell items, find or advertise your service, ask questions, etc. It’s the “06880” community bulletin board!