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1900 When completed, the Sears mansion (above) included a 100-seat theater (below). (Photo c. 1905) 178. The Sears mansion had a theater seating 1900 "Devil's Den" property becomes a quarry. (1946 photo of Mass Broken Stone) First Weston Public Library opens 182. The picturesque property was purchased 186. Weston Aqueduct and Reservoir was con- 100. Friendly Society plays and musical entertain- about 1900 for a quarry. Massachusetts Broken structed in 1901-03 as part of a regional plan to ments were held there. Stone Company took it over in 1916. supply water to the Boston metropolitan area — but 179. 183. not to Weston. Arthur Shurtleff designed the Sears Italian Crushed stone was much in demand for garden. The young landscape architect, who later road building. Early 20th-century macadam roads 187. changed his last name to Shurcliff, was at the begin- were made with layers of crushed stone sprayed reservoir, workers were housed in shacks on Ash ning of a distinguished career. Walls, gates, foun- with bitumen. Street referred to as the "Italian camp." During construction of the aqueduct and tains, steps, statues, and balustrades remain. 180. 184. The first documented car in Weston The 1900 census records that 27 percent of 188. The well-known firm of Olmsted Brothers Weston residents were foreign born, with the largest laid out roads and a skating pond on the Winsor belonged to General Charles Jackson Paine, who group, 12 percent, being from Canada, most estate, designed an Italian garden for Charles purchased a "notoriously unreliable" Winton motor notably Nova Scotia and other maritime provinces. Wells Hubbard, and worked for a decade on the carriage in 1900. At the turn of the century, Weston built a 189. patrons could browse the 12,423 volumes. proclaimed Weston "the Lenox of the East" and parcel known as "Devil's Den." The town tried to Previously, readers had to choose books from a a "Sylvan Retreat of Busy Boston Men." get the state to purchase the land as a state park. 66 new library with an open stack system where became concerned about the future of a scenic We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 181. Charles Jones estate on Glen Road. 185. published list. At the turn of the century, town leaders The Boston Sunday Herald of May 1902

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