This shuttered building was once the source of summer fun (and maybe spring and fall, if the weather was good) for Worcester folks who came to rent a boat to enjoy the nearby water.
The shingle style gives its age away – it was built around the turn of the 20th century for just this purpose.
But when this picture was taken in 1956, this boathouse was on the way out. And though sources don’t say why, it may have been because the nearby waterway wasn’t quite so attractive any longer. Like many such, it had suffered from the overgrowth of algae that made it a little less navigable and a lot less attractive for boating.
But when this boathouse was first built, the waterway itself was actually quite young as well.
This human creation in the landscape was the result of damming up another water source to create the pond, and the park around it as well. Once both were built, it was a short step to creating structures for the enjoyment of the neighborhood and its workers, residents and students.
The park was a 19th-century addition to this landscape; this area had been farmland and open space before a philanthropist decided it should be enjoyed by all.
Hint: A street bordering this park bears the name of the donor.
- Melissa McKeon, Correspondent
See tomorrow’s Telegram & Gazette, and telegram.com, for the answer.