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New Site on Historical Society House Tour

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 12:10 pm on May 3, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham House Tour Committee is thrilled to announce the last-minute confirmation of a highly anticipated site on this year's tour, scheduled for Sunday, May 21st. It's now official that tour-goers will be treated to an inside look at one of Framingham's most exciting examples of adaptive re-use: The Residences at Dennison Triangle.

The historic Dennison Manufacturing buildings have been center stage for years in the revitalization efforts of downtown Framingham. The vintage buildings, purchased by Rosewood Companies, were originally slated for strictly commercial development. The initial phase broke ground in 1998, resulting in the completion of the corporate headquarters for Rizzo Associates. Plans for the properties eventually changed to mixed-use (commercial and residential), and the idea to build loft style condominiums was born.

For the past 8 months, prospective homebuyers and visitors have only been able to view renderings and a representative model loft condo in the yellow, renovated 1700s "Gate House" on Bishop Street.

The Framingham House Tour will be the first opportunity for the public to enter the actual construction site and walk into a completed loft. The exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, and exposed columns and beams of the Dennison Residences are sure to be a highlight of the tour.

Framingham joins the fast-growing national trend of converting buildings to loft-style condominiums, as witnessed locally in Cambridge, Boston, Haverhill and Lowell. Don't miss out on your chance to see firsthand the transformation of a piece Framingham's history.

Tickets for the Framingham House Tour can be purchased at the Framingham Historical Society & Museum (www.framinghamhistory.org) and at Citizens Bank at 35 Edgell Road. For more information, contact Susan Silver at ssilver@comcast.net

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Annual House Tour Date Announced

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 12:55 pm on February 25, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Historical Society and Museum is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Framingham House Tour will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 12pm - 5pm.

Framingham’s popular, self-guided tour will feature nine locations, ranging from historical to contemporary styles. Some of the properties are considered Framingham’s most fascinating examples of adaptive re-use. One such example is a site that was once a thriving tavern, then a bakery, and now serves as a family home. Modern day Framingham is also represented on the tour in a stunning country dwelling with an interesting twist – a preserved historic barn that serves as the neighborhood’s drive-through exit. Tour-goers will be further delighted by a splendid array of magnificent grounds and gardens.

The featured locales on this year’s tour portray Framingham from many different eras, yet the sites are inexorably linked: each one has a story to tell about our town, our forbearers, and ultimately, ourselves. Don’t miss out on the 2006 Framingham House Tour. A Day to Remember. Learn. Discover.

The 2006 Framingham House Tour is proudly sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Citizens Bank, The Summit Montessori School and Patterson & Gerry CPAs.

Tickets can be purchased at the Framingham Historical Society & Museum on Vernon Street, or through the website www.framinghamhistory.org. Tickets are $20 through May 14, 2006. Thereafter (including the day of the event), tickets are $25.

Beginning April 1, 2006, tickets will also be available for purchase at Citizens Bank at 35 Edgell Road in Framingham.

For more information, contact Karen LaChance at (508)371-4051 or Susan Silver at ssilvercomcast.net

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