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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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floor-to-ceiling bookcases of the two-story library that is said to have been inspired by that of Sir Walter Scott. But when you consider the cost of renovating just a bathroom in your house, it should come as no surprise that the cost of restoring the Cheney-Baltzell mansion could run well beyond $15 million. The 108-year-old house was designed by Carrere and Hastings, one of the leading architectural firms of the early 20th century. Its most famous project was the New York Public Library; locally, it designed the Wellesley Congregational Church in 1918. The architects were renowned for integrating the interior with the natural surroundings. The manor house's grand ballroom looks out onto an Italianate gar- den, one of several on the property designed by the Olmsted Brothers, founded by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park and Emerald Necklace fame. But there's more to the house than marble and fancy plaster- works. If its walls could talk, they would tell tales right out of an Edith Wharton novel. * * * The fortune that laid the foundation for the Elm Bank estate was made by a blacksmith's son born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, in 1815. Benjamin Pierce Cheney, father of Alice, was named in honor of the town's leading citizen, the father of a future president, Franklin Pierce. A House of Many Stories 86 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 "There's more to the house than marble and fancy plasterworks." K A T H E R I N E M A C D O N A L D

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