The Blog of the Frances Perkins Center

News from Worcester, Massachusetts

In Biography on June 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

An interesting email arrived this afternoon from Ann Marie Shea, along with three of her photos.

Dear Tomlin–

Your inquiry about the Worcester residence drove me to visit and shoot a few sites in Worcester that may be of interest to you and the center, if you do not already have them on file.

Attached are three images:

Frances Perkins' alma mater, former Classical High School, which is now housing the administrative staff for the Worcester Public Schools (in her day work probably taken care of by a single clerk tucked into the corner of some office in City Hall).

Pilgrim Congregational Church, where she worshipped with her parents while living in Worcester. My source for this item was Lillian Holmen Mohr, in Frances Perkins: That Woman in FDR's Cabinet.

50 Queen Street, as the residence of the family some time after 1882. (The house is a duplex; #50 is on the right side of the image.) FP returned to live there for a while after college graduation, until she moved to Lake Forest, IL.

An interesting story about 50 Queen. Although in the late part of the 19c and the early part of the 20th this was a very respectable neighborhood, graced with a variety of excellent examples of domestic architecture of the day, in recent decades the neighborhood has fallen on hard times. As I was shooting the picture this morning (and noting how nicely the area has been rehabbed) a gentleman approached me, and introduced himself as the caretaker of the property. A short time ago it was a crack house, but now, thanks to the efforts of Rev. Fred Enman, S.J., of Boston College, this and other properties have been restored. (Three families and the administrative office of the foundation now fill the house.) The man I was talking to was quick to point out that the area has been restored, not gentrified–working class/immigrant families enjoy these fine houses. Wouldn’t FP love it!

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