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Field School Commemoration
June 8, 2014

The community celebration on June 8th was a last chance to see the Field School before its demolition this summer. A committee formed by the school department planned an afternoon of activities including an exhibit of photos and memorabilia from the collection of the Weston Historical Society. Pam Fox gave a short slide lecture on the history of the school.

The images below were captured at the event.

Anna Melone

Anna Melone, shown with photos from the 1950s Weston High School (now Field School). The photos were part of an exhibit by the Weston Historical Society.

Moshers

Cindy and Bob Mosher at the Field School Commemoration.

Fran Howell

Fran Howell and other attendees were invited to write on the walls.

Cheryl Malony and Matt Lucey

Dr. Cheryl Maloney, superintendent of Weston Schools, and Matt Lucey, principal of Field School, with a drawing of the new Field School.

Gloria and Alanna

Gloria Cole and Alanna Muldoon, both of Weston Media Center, there to record the event, are usually behind the camera, not in front of it.

WHAT'S NEW

The Weston Historical Society has assisted the Friends Of Modern Architecture/Lincoln in planning a Weston event that will feature several outstanding Modern houses designed by Lincoln architect Henry Hoover.

Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln

Modern: Alive and Well in Weston
A Rare View of Henry Hoover’s Enduring Vision

Saturday, July 19, 2014
2:00 to 5:00 pm with reception

Tickets are $50 per person, $75 per couple,
and are tax-deductible.

Payment must be received by July 16th via the PayPal link on FoMa's website or by mailing a check to FoMa/Lincoln, P.O. Box 348, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Reserve ASAP on the Events page at fomalincoln.org or by calling 781-259-9708.

Directions will be sent upon receipt of your payment.

Proceeds benefit the publication Breaking Ground: New England Modern Architect Henry B. Hoover.

The tour will take place rain or shine.
See you there!

The End is Near

Writing on the wall

Field School will be demolished this summer. The Modern-style building has served the town for 64 years since opening in January 1950. It was the first of Weston's five post-World War II schools, built to accommodate the burgeoning school population now known as the "baby boom." The architect, Weston resident Harold Willis, used the Modern style, in part as a cost-saving measure. Originally designed as an elementary school, architectural plans were quickly re-adapted for high school use after the existing Weston High School (now Brook School Building C) was gutted by fire in April 1948.

Click here for a history of the Field School. Additional information can be found in the Spring 2007 Weston Historical Society Bulletin.

Henderson House For Sale

A significant Weston landmark is now on the market. Northeastern University, owner of the magnificent Tudor-style Edward R. Peirce House (also known as Henderson House) has listed the 10-bedroom, 16,463-square-foot mansion for $7,795,000. The hilltop property encompasses 5.62 acres.

The Peirce House is the only remaining Tudor estate house in Weston and one of the most significant of about a dozen remaining estate houses in Weston. It retains a wealth of architectural detail, both inside and out.

The present house is the second to be built on the site, replacing a 1903 mansion of similar style built for Arthur Winship Clapp. Edward Peirce bought the Clapp House in 1908. On New Year's Day, 1925, while Mr. and Mrs. Peirce were in California for the winter, fire destroyed the former Clapp House. It was rebuilt using a similar floorplan and style. Below are photographs of the original 1903 house and the rebuilt 1926-28 version. Notice the similarities and differences.

Clapp House Peirce House

Click here for additional history and images of Henderson House, or navigate to the Henderson House page via the Discover Weston page and clicking on Places.

A Weston Timeline

For the 2013 Tercentennial, the Weston Historical Commission has published A Weston Timeline by Pamela W. Fox, a 46-page color illustrated booklet produced in cooperation with the Weston Historical Society.

To order a copy at a cost of $12 plus $5 shipping and handling, click on Order Form, A Weston Timeline.

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