Assumption's Admissions House Stop on Historic Holiday Stroll
A classic holiday tradition, Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll returned to the city after taking a year off. This year’s tour of some of Worcester’s architectural highlights featured nine houses, each decked out in its most fabulous holiday glamour.
On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, strollers visited homes across the city to learn about their architecture and history while admiring the decorations and enjoying live music. The homes featured on this year’s stroll varied in architectural style, but all shared in common that they are either now home to or were once home to prominent members of Worcester society.
One such home included on this year’s stroll was Assumption College’s Admissions House. Hundreds of visitors passed through the doors at 540 Salisbury Street to experience a beautifully decorated holiday home, as well as a piece of Worcester history.
The stunning Colonial Revival brick masterpiece was originally built by popular Worcester architect George H. Clemence in 1912 to be the home of Charles A. Persons and his family; they remained there until 1971. H. Brownell Wheeler, M.D., a vascular surgeon and founding chair of the UMass Medical School Department of Surgery, lived in the house with his wife until 1978.
Assumption College purchased the home in 1980. It served as the President’s House for 27 years, housing both President Joseph Hagan and his family (1980-1989) and Thomas Plough and his family (1998-2007). In 2007, the home was renovated to serve as the Assumption College Admissions House and financial aid offices.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College