The Tapes of Russell Street
The Tape house (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004)
One of the houses on our upcoming Spring House Tour conceals a most absorbing history.
The original owners were Joseph and Mary Tape, a Chinese-American couple who made school desegregation history in 1885. Mary Tape was also an accomplished amateur photographer, painter, and telegrapherhighly unsual for a married Victorian lady.
Their story is told in the essay The Tapes of Russell Street.