The Drive-In - Norwalk, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member chrissyml
N 41° 06.120 W 073° 26.220
18T E 631250 N 4551257
Quick Description: A nostalgic mural on the side of the Carvel
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 2/13/2021 12:52:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM13T1Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
This mural is painted on the side of the Carvel ice cream shop on the Post Road. It faces the Post Road Diner, and was commissioned by the man who owns both buildings. It depicts the Norwalk Drive-In, which used to be located on this property. It shows an audience of moviegoers in cars watching Casablanca.

"When Teddy Giapoutzis first purchased the Post Road Diner on Connecticut Avenue, the wall of the business next door was all-white.

It was 1996 and there was one orange strip breaking up the alabaster wall, on which the name of the business, Phil’s Machine Shop, was painted.

Once he owned the building, which is now Carvel, Giapoutzis commissioned a mural on its side he hoped would pay homage to Norwalk's past and be aesthetically pleasing for customers and passersby on Route 1.

'We thought, let’s put what was here originally,' Giapoutzis said. He found an artist, and a painting went up depicting the Norwalk Drive-In theater that was once located behind the diner."

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It is worth noting that murals have appeared around town due to a dispute between the mayor and a local real estate developer. The mayor cited three murals in town as being too large and violating zoning ordinances despite being on private property. In response, lawsuits were filed and murals proliferated.

More information on the mural war can be found here: (visit link) and here: (visit link)
City: Norwalk, CT

Location Name: Carvel

Artist: Leo

Date: 1996

Media: Paint on concrete

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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