In July 2018 we moved from our former Church St location around the corner to 592A Washington St.
“This has a nice ring to it for a few reasons. The business was founded in 1917 and so as we begin our second 100 years of business, our move “home” is perfect for our plans to further enhance and upgrade our personalized services, host more events and provide free parking on site,” said Sturdy Waterman, owner.
“One room is specifically for our custom framing services; another is the new Fine Art Gallery and our restoration work will be performed in a third room,” Sturdy explained. “This new location provides ample free parking with spaces indoors and outdoors where we can add to our list of events which includes the NEXT UP! art contest for high school students, free appraisal events with Bonhams and art exhibitions.”
592a Washington Street Has A Place In History
592a Was built in 1867 initially as a private home and later became a residence hall called Maple Lodge for Dana Hall School. While preparing it for our move a student’s journal was discovered under floor boards.
Sturdy’s father, Frank, leased the building in 1966 to Jeff Johnson, Nike’s first full-time wage earner and the author of the brand name which is now the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel.
Jeff Johnson revisited the site along with local running legend Bill Rodgers as part of the Nike Heritage Tour in 2016, showing current Nike employees important landmarks in Nike’s history.
Sturdy said, “As an avid runner myself, and as someone who appreciates history, I like the idea that we’re opening up this unique location to the community and to be a new center of activity in Wellesley Square.”