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Saturday, November 4, 2006

Pieces of history


A mantle, decorative tile, and other historic touches have been salvaged from a century-old mansion in Northborough that is being demolished today to make way for four duplexes and one single family home.

The items will be put on display and available for viewing when the Historical Society museum on Main Street reopens in May, said Ellen Racine, the museum curator. The museum closed for the winter in October.

The society worked out an agreement with Westborough developer Robert Moss to remove several items from the red-brick home overlooking the Assabet River.The house on Park Lane was built in 1870 with bricks from local brickyards by farmer and carpenter Charles Winn, who designed its 17 rooms for his wife, Maria. Other pieces taken from the house include a decorative outdoor thermometer, a doorbell, a doorknob, a plaster wall hanging and portions of wooden parquet flooring.

Moss received permission form the Planning Board last month to tear down the home and construct Winn Terrace on five acres. The Historical Commission could have bought or moved the home to save it from destruction, but it did not have enough money.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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