03 May DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Westporter
The Westporter was a sprawling, U-shaped motel complex built in the 1950s on the burgeoning Boston Post Road commercial strip between Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut.
This was part of U.S. 1, the well-traveled main road between New York City and Boston before the 1958 opening of the Connecticut Turnpike. The postcard depicts the Westporter at its peak in the 1960s after it had attracted a stainless steel diner to its central court and opened a built-in swimming pool. The tides of fortune turned for the Westporter in the 1970s when it was operating as a seedy residence motel, reaching its nadir in 1978 when two female residents were murdered and dumped in a nearby woods. Life moved on along the Boston Post Road, but without the Westporter, bulldozed and buried under a subsequent parking lot.