Business and Commerce

Casa Frouge, “Bridgeport’s First Luxury Apartment Building”
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Casa Frouge, “Bridgeport’s First Luxury Apartment Building”

By Andy Piascik When the 84-unit Casa Frouge high-rise on Cartright Street on Bridgeport’s West Side opened in 1955, its developer the Frouge Construction Company billed it as the city’s “first luxury apartment building” and “the outstanding apartment residence in New England.” Located across North Avenue ...

Charles Ritchel
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Charles Ritchel

Photo: Charles Ritchel c. 1840-1911 Charles Ritchel was an inventor who is credited with inventing the first dirigible.  In 1878, Ritchel built a hand-powered dirigible fashioned out of rubber from the Goodyear Rubber Company in Naugatuck and the Folansbee Machine Shop in Bridgeport.  He is a ...

January 05, 2011
Corbit Studio
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Corbit Studio

By: Mary K. Witkowski, Bridgeport City Historian Corbit Studio, Photograph property of Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library Lewis Corbit Sr. and later his son Lewis Jr. were responsible for documenting almost a century of Bridgeport history. Lewis grew up in South Britain, Connecticut, where he worked as ...

January 04, 2011
Gutchess College
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Gutchess College

A recent gift to the Bridgeport Public Library Historical Collections was this small wooden ruler, only six inches in length. The ruler had the name "Gutchess College" engraved on the side, with the addess 46 to 54 Cannon Street. What was Gutchess College? The Bridgeport City ...

July 11, 2013
Sam Liskov
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Sam Liskov

Sam and his brothers Kiev and Elliot owned a radio shop located at 746 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport in 1932.  An oral history with Sam Liskov can be read on the website http://bridgeporthistory.org/            

February 09, 2015