FRAMINGHAM – A trio of individuals received a 2017 Preservation Achievement Award from the Framingham Historical Commission Thursday night, May 25 at the Edgell Grove Cemetery Chapel for preserving the Dr. Peter Park House on Salem End Road.
Perhaps one of Framingham’s most notable residents, Dr. Peter Parker (1804-1888) served as a religious and medical missionary for many years in China. A graduate of Framingham Academy, Dr. Parker attended Yale University, graduating with degrees in theology (1833) and medicine (1834). He spent 23 years in China, working first as a missionary and later as a diplomat, and simultaneous to both as a medical doctor. Dr. Parker and his wife Harriet Webster Parker built the house in the late 1860s, to serve as their summer residence while they lived in Washington, DC, said Framingham Town Historian Fred Wallace Thursday night.
The house was constructed on the site of the Parker family homestead where Dr. Parker had been born.
The Italianate style building suffered from inappropriate alterations in the middle of the 20th Century, including the removal of a large tower on the building.
In 2007 and 2008, owners Thomas Schuetz and Joan Petracca, with the assistance of architect Gerald Couto, AIA, worked to restore the building.
They removed siding and later additions, using historic photographs of the house to restore features such as the window placement, trim, and porches. Advocates, Inc.
Schuetz and Petracca accepted their award on Thursday night.