Friday, March 12, 2010

Remembering Ruth

A chapter of Martin House history came to a close when Ruth Tauriello passed away on February 25, 2010.  

One of Ruth’s proudest achievements was working with her husband, architect Sebastian (“Bill”) Tauriello, to stabilize and preserve the long-neglected Martin House in the late 1950s and early 60s.  Together, they saved the main house from the wrecking ball and paved the way for the ambitious restoration underway today.  

Extended family, in town for Ruth's Memorial service last week, gathered for a tour of the Martin House, and I had the honor and pleasure of taking them through.  Two of Ruth's children, Ann and Bill, who had grown up in the house, took the opportunity to reminisce about the familiar spaces, and marveled at the transformations those spaces have experienced through recent restoration.  Many poignant moments arose as the family re-connected with their former home; we all enjoyed the opportunity to honor Ruth's memory by revisiting the house that she loved.  

L to R:  Jim McPherson, Ann (Tauriello) McPherson, Bill Tauriello, Lisa McPherson, Mark McPherson.


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