Limited to 30 participants, there 14 more slots remaining.  Please contact Virginia Raguin vraguin@holycross.edu  781-391-5793. This tour has been organized in cooperation with Susan McDaniel Ceccacci, Education Director, Preservation Worcester sceccacci@aol.com

(Projected schedule and updated information)

Entrance fees: Salisbury Mansion, $3; Worcester Art Museum $10; and Preservation Worcester $5.00. Basic total cost of the trip is $18.  

You may bring your own lunch, but we are also negotiating a prepackaged sandwich lunch from the Museum whose cost will be ready later (possibly $12?).

We still need to determine precise logistics for getting around Worcester but are expecting that we will car pool and thus have much less hassle

Tour Itinerary

Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, Queen Ann, and Aesthetic Style

Special tour and explanation of the restoration of the 12th century limestone Chapter House in the Worcester Art Museum – Artal-Isbrand, Worcester Art Museum

Arrive Worcester 10 AM; leave 5:00 PM


10-11:30 AM

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Salisbury Mansion

Highland Street, Abraham Savage, Georgian, 1772 with additions 1819 and 1830, now a house museum owned by the Worcester Historical Museum

Salisbury House

Highland Street (next door to Mansion), Elias Carter, Neo Classical, 1840’s, now offices Exterior (possible interior view of grand staircase)

Whitcomb House

Harvard Street at Highland Street, opposite Salisbury Mansion and House, Stephen C. Earle, 1870’s, stone Queen Anne, contains William McPherson aesthetic stained glass and extensive tilework on fireplaces

Worcester Art Museum

11:45 AM Worcester Museum’s Chapter House: talk and viewing

The 12th century chapter house from central France will have just been restored. It is a landmark of medieval architecture in the U.S. The testing of the stonework and conservation decision made will be presented by Paula Artal-Isbrand, one of the conservators. The Museum worked in cooperation with the International Center of Medieval Art on the analysis of limestone.

12:45 lunch in Museum’s Café (pre-selected items will make the service faster) thus people will have a short time to look around the rest of the museum

2:00 -2:30 Via car. Very short tour of one of the premier concert venues in New England

Mechanics Hall

Main Street, downtown, Elbridge Boyden, 1857, Renaissance Revival, lecture hall

2:45 – 3:45 Crown Hill Historic District VIA CAR then WALKING. More information on Worcester’s Greek Revival.

off of Pleasant Street, near downtown, 1840’s-1860’s, a fine cluster of middle class Greek Revival dwellings, also examples of Bracketed, Mansard, a 1902 Gothic Quaker Meeting House, an 1848 School (now hairdressing academy), 1880’s Pleasant Street Baptist Church, 1870’s with 1930’s rebuilding after a fire, Victorian Gothic, All Saints Episcopal Church

4:00- 4:45 Norcross Brothers Houses VIA CAR. For More Information Click Here:

16 and 18 Claremont Street (near Clark University), brownstone Queen Anne, 1880’s