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INVENTORY FORM B CONTINUATION SHEET LEXINGTON 28 THERESA AVENUE <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD,BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> 0 2273 <br /> The area was likely developed in response to the electric street railway, which began service on Mass. Avenue in 1899. Like <br /> Liberty Heights to the south of Massachusetts Avenue (which it resembles, architecturally; LEX.Q), this neighborhood—known <br /> as Massachusetts Avenue Terrace and Arlington Heights Terrace—was laid out by Jacob W. Wilbur, a prolific Brookline <br /> developer. Wilbur typically sited his subdivisions near streetcar lines and appealed to working class residents. <br /> Theresa Avenue was laid out by 1922, when there were only three houses on the street, all unnumbered. Based on its style, 28 <br /> Theresa Avenue might have been one of these. The households on the street in 1922 included John A. Murray, a traveling <br /> salesman, and his wife Rose M.; Wensley Barker, a manager, and his wife Christine; and James Irwin, Jr., a carpenter, and his <br /> wife Mary. 28 Theresa Avenue is first depicted on the Sanborn maps in 1927, when it appears with a one-story accessory <br /> building that is likely the present garage. <br /> The first known residents of 28 Theresa Avenue were Louis Ruocco, an Italian-born hairdresser, and his wife Lillian (whose <br /> parents were born in Italy). The couple moved here between 1927 and 1930 and occupied the house with their three young <br /> daughters. The Ruocco family remained in the house until at least 1965. In addition to Louis and Lillian, family members <br /> residing here at various times included grown daughters Constance M. (in the army and afterwards a teacher, 1945, 1955, 1965) <br /> and Marianne J., a clerk (1945). Octogenarian Marianne Russo, possibly Lillian's mother, accompanied the Ruoccos here in <br /> 1945. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Historic maps and atlases: Walling 1853; Beers 1875; Walker 1889; Stadly 1898; Walker 1906; Sanborn 1908, 1918, 1927, <br /> 1935, 1935/1950. <br /> Lexington Comprehensive Cultural Resources Survey, Period and Area Summaries. <br /> Accessed Jul 23, 2015. <br /> Lexington Directories: 1899, 1908-09, 1922, 1934, 1936. <br /> Lexington List of Persons: 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965. <br /> Massachusetts Historical Commission. "MHC Reconnaissance Survey Town Report: Lexington." 1980. <br /> . Form A– Liberty Heights, LEX.Q. Prepared by Anne Grady and Nancy Seasholes, 1984 and 2001. <br /> Somerville Directories: 1927. <br /> U.S. Census: 1920, 1930, 1940. <br /> SUPPLEMENTARY IMAGES <br /> l <br /> ■ <br /> ■ <br /> Illllllllllllllllllllll►�� <br /> North (fagade)and west (right side)elevations Rear(south) and east(left side) elevations <br /> Continuation sheet 2 <br />