By Carol L. Costello
Earning the shift to Worcester was a homecoming for Jacqueline (Pietrzak) and Michael Fitzpatrick. Jacqui, who grew up in the city, and Mike, who grew up in Charlton, experienced been living exterior of Boston, closer to the place he works at a biotech firm in Cambridge. When they made a decision to get started their loved ones, on the other hand, they needed to uncover a household that would fit their life-style as nicely as get them back to their roots and to be nearer to spouse and children.
With Jacqui’s qualifications and expertise as a Realtor, they commenced exploring Worcester County. “We originally weren’t organizing to go back again in this article,” Jacqui stated. “But I like metropolis dwelling, and Worcester is familiar to us. I like that we can wander from in this article to a assortment of distinct places in the city.”
The Fitzpatricks are thrilled and impressed with the adjustments and growth that Worcester has been dealing with above the previous many years. “There are numerous young couples shifting into the spot. It is an eclectic combine of all varieties of cultures and all distinct ages,” Jacqui claimed. “We enjoy our neighbors and this city, and this was a huge aspect of why we wanted to elevate children in the metropolis, to encounter distinctive cultures. It is one thing that was crucial to me and that I valued from my personal childhood and ordeals expanding up in Worcester.”
As the Fitzpatricks commenced narrowing down the area and certain residences to which they ended up most captivated, they found a further way to tap into probable sellers. “We begun by obtaining in touch with entrepreneurs whose houses weren’t presently on the market place at the time,” she mentioned. “My partner wrote down the figures of all those homes and began making cellphone phone calls to every single of their entrepreneurs.” They at some point designed the relationship that would modify their lives when, in 2016, a Real estate agent brought them to a historic dwelling on Wheeler Avenue in the Forest Grove segment of Worcester. “We came into this heart hall Colonial with a long corridor that ran from front to back. Equally the front and back again doorways had been open, and the dwelling was filled with so a lot mild and sunshine. It was major and rather and it just experienced that WOW issue,” Jacqui said.
The Fitzpatricks grew to become the house’s fourth proprietor. “People who arrive to this community stay a long time, and they are typically even equipped to notify you some of the history of the household,” Jacqui claimed. According to a description produced out there by Preservation Worcester, the home was constructed c. 1923 by Edmund A. Garland on land procured from Ida and William Wheeler, for whom the road is named. Mr. Garland managed J.B. Garland & Sons, a national grain production enterprise, and was a popular businessman in the Worcester neighborhood.
Alongside one another with his spouse, Florence, the pair relocated from their Hammond Road house into their new residence, a Colonial Revival style well known from 1880 by the mid-1950s. The white wood exterior siding and slate roof proceed to be properly managed and serve as an illustration of this specific period of time in architecture. Furthermore, the front entrance of the household capabilities a portico with a curved underside and is supported by slender white columns. “All of the home windows are however the primary ones and we have no designs of switching them,” Jacqui said. “We approach to hold as considerably of the character of the home as achievable.”
Off to the still left side of the residence, an connected screen porch extends the appeal of the property outdoors as a result of authentic French doors and into a area to entertain and chill out. The yard holds loads of area for the 3 Fitzpatrick kids, Conor, 4, Caelyn, 2, and infant Mackenzie to distribute out their toys and play.
In accordance to Jacqui, the inside of the household retains substantially of the initial layout with minimum improvements to the framework obtaining taken area via the many years. The downstairs contains a comfortably furnished spouse and children-pleasant key living area, a library with primary constructed-in bookshelves, and a functioning fire. There is also a dining space, powder space, kitchen, and the butler’s pantry, a room that is among the Jaqui’s beloved. “The butler’s pantry still has the unique completed wooden and slate counter tops and the swinging doors,” she said.
The Fitzpatricks’ latest initiatives have been to explore ways to renovate the kitchen, opening up the room currently closed off by a door, and giving access into the relaxation of the downstairs. As a couple who normally appreciate entertaining spouse and children and close friends, obtaining kitchen area space to prepare and provide meals with no sensation shut off from their visitors is a will have to.
After up the middle stairs to the second flooring, there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms. A person of these bogs functions an first Jack & Jill style and design found among the children’s rooms. This feature enables accessibility to the bathroom from each and every of the bedrooms. With a escalating spouse and children, Jacqui stated that she appreciates the dimensions of the rooms and the house accessible to them. “There are genuinely large closets upstairs with a great deal of storage, way too,” she claimed. In the previous number of a long time, the pair done renovations to the third-flooring attic area, building a 1,200-sq.-foot business office and playroom for the young children.
Michael explained a series of storage rooms and a coal chute downstairs in the basement. These are remnants of the days when coal was saved and burned in a furnace to warmth the dwelling, and that have now been replaced by purely natural gas. What he is most appreciative of is the care that each and every of the earlier proprietors has taken to preserve the record of the household right down to its design. “We also have been given a box of the original blueprints that are really thorough, proper down to the sections of framing and the timbers utilised to develop the dwelling,” he claimed.
What is most vital to the Fitzpatricks in their household these days is producing a heat, welcoming, comfortable environment for their youngsters to are living in, and their family members and friends to go to. “We see this as our family-helpful residence, not a museum house. With three small children, practically nothing is off limits,” Jacqui claimed with a smile.
Considering that settling in, the Fitzpatricks have not only embraced the metropolis, but welcomed the chance to share the elegance of their historic home with the group. Final December, they had been amid numerous family members who participated in Preservation Worcester’s once-a-year Holiday Stroll, inviting readers to knowledge the joys and prospects of dwelling in one particular of the city’s historic treasures. With a mixture of Jacqui’s creative skills, the household was decked out in garland, wreaths, stockings and other festive touches.
“I enjoy traditions for the holidays, and I set a lot of work into decorating” Jacqui explained. “It’s some thing I that try to remember my mother (who passed absent in Could 2019) put a great deal of hard work into, generating holiday seasons exclusive. She generally threw themed get-togethers, adorned, baked and did crafts with us for each individual occasion,” she explained. “They are my most treasured reminiscences and it’s crucial to me to go on this for my individual small children. I like to share my decorations with everybody around me. If you arrived to a occasion or accumulating at my household you can assume a concept and decorations, a home-cooked food and dessert, and ideally, you will be leaving with a smile.”