November Public Program
The Gilbert Payson House: A Watertown Reinvention Story
A slideshow lecture by David J. Russo
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Built in 1882 and designed by the noted architectural firm of Van Brunt & Howe, the Payson House has a significant and surprising history that includes housing, schools and even a library. Learn the compelling survival story of how this building evolved to meet the demands of the changing environment around it.
David J. Russo, J.D., is passionate about Watertown history and architecture. He became interested in one of Watertown's most famous native sons, Charles Brigham, researched all aspects of the architect and developed a web site to make the information available to researchers the world over. David served as a member of the Watertown Historical Commission from 1999-2020. He has made numerous presentations on the designs of Charles Brigham and other aspects of Watertown history and has won several awards, including the Hero for History award in 2009 and the Bay State Legacy Award in 2021.
All HSW events are free and open to the public. No registration is required for this in-person lecture.