Ice Sculpture – History Mystery, March 2014

March 14, 2014 Question

As we slog our way through these closing weeks of winter, here’s a fun reminder of the joyful side of snow. Do you recognize this Wellesley resident and her magnificent sculpture?  Look for the answer on March 26th.

March 26, 2014 Answer

This 1978 photograph shows artist Isabella Livingston (1919-1993) and her towering T. Rex ice sculpture in front of her Benvenue Street home.  Livingston, born in Wellesley and a resident much of her life, was famous for her spectacular annual ice sculptures, which included a dragon, a walrus and a unicorn.  Each 10 to 12 foot sculpture was modeled from scale drawings and required months of planning.

Fells School – History Mystery, February 2014

February 14, 2013 Question

Does this building look familiar?  Not only does it still stand today, but it’s very much in use, as busy as ever. While the surroundings have clearly changed, you may recognize its distinctive shape and small size.  (Hint: Book and history lovers recently came to this beloved building’s rescue.)”

February 28, 2013 Answer

This circa 1900 photograph shows what was then the Unionville School and is now the Fells Branch Library, located at 308 Weston Road.  The oldest public building in Wellesley, it has a proud history.  Originally named the Northwest School (1858-1876), it was renamed the Unionville School (1876-1907) and then became the Fells School (1903-1923).  In 1923 the current Hardy School was built to much fanfare, and when the children moved across the street, the little schoolhouse was converted to the branch library that we know today.