Companies in Worcester once manufactured everything from machine tools, wire products, and power looms, to ice skates, corsets, and space suits. But after World War II, factories closed, beginning a period of industrial decline. Its manufacturing glory days may be past, but the city’s grand architecture and distinctive neighborhoods remain.
“Worcester has good bones,” said my friend Jennifer Markello, who lives in a Victorian house in the city’s West Side neighborhood. I had come to search for them.