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Move it or lose it

Posted by Ralph Ranalli December 19, 2007 08:16 AM

The Wellesley Country Club building, circa 1960. The building looks much the same today.
(Globe file image)


The Wellesley Historical Commission has asked the Board of Selectmen for help in saving the original Wellesley Country Club building for possible use as an auxiliary town hall, a senior center, or affordable housing.

Commission spokesperson Deborah Bates said that, over the next several weeks, the commission will have contractors prepare estimates for how much it would cost to move and renovate the building. Bates said the Commission has only until the fall of 2008 to save the building, which the country club is replacing with a new structure.

One option discussed recently involved moving the 179-year-old, the historic site of Wellesley's secession from the town of West Needham, to the nearby Babson College campus, Selectman Katherine L. Babson Jr. said. Babson called that undertaking expensive, however, and said that the question of how to pay for it is still unanswered.

Commission member Helen Robertson said that the wood-clad structure on Wellesley Avenue is "one of the largest colonial buildings remaining in existence." At most, she said, there might be one or two others its size in all of New England.

-- Lisa Keen

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