What would Libby think? Libuse (Libby) Kriz-Fiorito called The Castle Tea Room home for almost 60 years. The foundation she established before her death in 2004 is responsible for the extensive renovations recently completed to the Lawrence landmark, located at 1307 Mass., the subject of this week’s “Home and Away.”
Kriz-Fiorito operated The Castle as a venue for weddings, events and children’s parties.
Through the foundation, she hoped to ensure the castle’s posterity and purpose.
“Our goal was to carry out Libby’s directives, to rehabilitate The Castle Tea Room to serve the public for at least the next 100 years,” says Craig Patterson, board member of the Libuse Kriz-Fiorito Historical Foundation.
The 19th-century limestone mansion, built in 1894 by famed architect John Haskell, features 15 rooms, each finished in a different, remarkably preserved wood and now enhanced by ambient lighting, elaborate window treatments, period furniture and William Morris-inspired wallcoverings.
State-of-the-art features including energy-efficient systems, business technology and universal design are inherent to the improvements, as are exterior modifications that increase the functionality for outdoor events.
“Home and Away” premieres at 6:30 p.m. today on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. Replays are 9:30 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday; 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday; and 9 p.m. Sunday.
— Lori Carson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.