In 1951 the Aherns sold the house to Charles and Lillian Ferraro. Lillian DeGuglielmo was born and raised in East Cambridge and graduated from Emmanuel College, in Boston, in 1940. Charles grew-up in West Orange, New Jersey, on Crystal Lake. Upon his retirement, Mr. Ferraro worked as an accountant with many family-owned businesses. Understanding that life is service, he worked his entire life with disadvantaged families, helping them to obtain affordable housing. The Ferraro’s were married on August 6, 1941 and Lillian was a stay-at-home mother raising her eleven children, seven girls and four boys, all of whom grew up in the house and whom still live reasonably close to their family home.
A small circular room, in the tower on the second floor of the house was intended for a servant’s bedroom, but in the Ferraro household, it was the family nursery. As each child was born, he or she lived in the nursery, and then graduated to sharing a bedroom with an older brother or sister. Sometime in the 1960s Mr. Ferraro removed the original porch columns and replaced them with wrought iron ones. In the late 1980s/early 1990s the iron columns were removed and the original columns were returned.
Charles Ferraro died at home at the age of 89, in 2001. Soon after, in honor of his years of dedicated service to the citizens of Cambridge, the city designated the intersection of Upland Road and Walnut Avenue, the Charles Angelo Ferraro Square. Five years later, in 2006, Mrs. Ferraro died in her beloved home where she had lived for fifty-five, church and family filled years. Sadly, another era at Nine Walnut Avenue had ended. Today the house has passed to the second generation of the Ferraro’s, a close-knit clan. They meticulously restored the property and added a large kitchen and family room to the rear of the house. Siemasko + Verbridge based in Beverly, Massachusetts, were the architects for the project. The restoration of the property took three years, blending all the old features of the gorgeous Victorian details with all the new and comfort of the modern amenities. The transformation into a combination of old and new is remarkable.
- Grand entertaining space with rich and exquisite carved woodwork throughout, historic stained glass meticulously restored, intertwining reception rooms and multiple ornate fireplaces
- Formal dining room with bay windows
- Large chef's kitchen with a family size dining area; industrial size Wolf stove, subzero refrigerator, large central island and granite throughout
- Elegant guest powder room / full bath
- Family powder room
- Elevator leads to upper floor and basement
- Gorgeous carved winding staircase leading to the second floor
- 4-5 Bedrooms and 3 baths; master bedroom with coffered ceiling and marble en-suite master bath, heated floors and TV installed in the mirror
- Gorgeous loft with cathedral ceilings and two bedrooms, large eat-in kitchen, large full bath
- Stairs to the upper cupola leading to a deck with panoramic views of Cambridge and beyond
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