WellesleyWeston Magazine


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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JP morphed from a quiet, rural village to a bustling suburb during the 19th century. The primary impetus was new forms of transpor- tation that enabled Bostonians to live outside of the crowded and dirty city in which they worked. First it was the hourly, a public horse- drawn trolley; then the railroad; and finally, in 1889, the electric streetcar. Many of the homes along GREENOUGH, ELM, BURROUGHS, and ELIOT streets, were built during this time and reflect JP's newest residents' desire for sin- gle- family homes surrounded by yards. The FOOTLIGHT CLUB, located at 7A ELIOT STREET, demonstrates the emerging middle class sub- urban lifestyle. Originally built as a tempo- rary town hall, in 1877, the Italianate-style building became home to the country's first community theater group — and it's still in operation today. Just down the street is the ELIOT SCHOOL, JP's first grammar school, which has been in 201 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 8

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