WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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PHOTO BY ERIC ROTH / COURTESY OF SHAFER O'NEIL INTERIOR DESIGN left: Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors upgraded the fireplace to gas in this classic master bath to provide instant warmth and atmosphere. Contemporary linen curtains soften the insulated wood shutters. right: Interior designer Judy O'Neil Labins used soft pine that she painted with milk paint for her new kitchen floor in her antique Sherborn home. But for Bell, and other homeowners, the possibility of treasure in the Gleysteen recently completed restorations on one of Wellesley's cor- attic, the absorbed memories of generations past, and the challenge of a nerstone estates. The Queen Anne-style structure, rumored to be the restoration or renovation prove too much to resist. They become next in first of its kind in the United States, was in a state of genteel neglect. "It line on a centuries-long continuum and initiated into the world of the was really quite interesting working on it," says Gleysteen. The owners, old house. a spinster aunt and bachelor uncle, rambled around the property well into their nineties, until their deaths about six years ago. "We did a Tear Down or Restore? number of minor repairs to the existing home. We added some light- An evocative house alone isn't necessarily worth saving. "If you have to ing, renovated the basement, added a two-story porch addition, and replace all of the home's systems, like the electrical, the heating and air expanded the basement rec room." The addition, looking something conditioning, the plumbing, the roofing, the insulation, and all the like a Victorian conservatory, seamlessly brought the focus from out windows, at the end of the day you're saving some old studs," says the front windows to the forgotten arroyo around back. Not counting those secrets hidden under loose floorboards or the game. Certainly, if you can document that Kennedy popped in for behind plaster walls, an old home may have no immediate historical iced tea or that Washington spent the night, save the house. But even significance or sentimental value. "Some of the disadvantages of older local lore can add to the historical intrigue and render the property homes that are not particularly distinguished are that they have low priceless, at least in terms of storytelling. ceilings, small rooms, and servants' quarters that are teeny. They'll have 49 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e architect Jan Gleysteen. But, he adds, historical significance changes

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