Friday, April 03, 2009

Blue sky Over Eventide

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The William B. Rice Eventide Home, the result of a bequest by Quincy resident William B. Rice, was built in 1936. The Eventide Home had been founded in 1924 and from that time until 1941 operated out of the private residence of Mrs. William B. Rice. Mr. Rice, who had supported the development of the Quincy City Hospital, saw the need for a modern. adequate home for elderly people.

The $80,000 26-bedroom Eventide Home and the Quincy City Hospital Administration Building, also built in 1936, were some of the first Quincy commissions for architects Paul and Carroll Coletti. They went on to design the addition to the Thomas Crane Public Library in 1939 as well as the Houghs Neck Fire Station in 1947.

I had an opportunity to step inside a few years ago and my favorite area besides the solariuum was the old fashioned soda fountain where patients can get all kinds of sweet treats.

This is one of Quincy's decent places for the infirmed elderly. The grounds are beautiful with Furnace Brook running across the front of the property.


brattcat said...

Was there a male and female wing?

Bonnie Bonsai said...

You laid an articulate historical artefacts alongside this classic architectural photography. What a wonderful opportunity for you to be granted such an honour to get here. How is William B Rice related to Helen Steiner Rice? Any clue?

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