Sun Shine: Windows into city’s past at Denholms

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For many, the former splendor of the Denholms department store in downtown Worcester has faded into memories of the distant past.

For Christopher Sawyer, it’s his life’s work to bring a touch of the grandeur of Denholms back for a new generation of Worcester residents — all in the name of paying tribute to his grandmother.

Sawyer’s grandmother, Josephine “Jo” Carbone, worked at Denholms for 26 years as a buyer and merchandise manager. Carbone worked from 1947 until the once bustling store closed in 1973.

The window displays at the Denholm Building not only dress up the Main Street landmark's facade but also highlight the building's history.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

The window displays at the Denholm Building not only dress up the Main Street landmark’s facade but also highlight the building’s history.

“I started working on the windows because I saw the condition of the building. I wanted to lend my hand any way I could,” Sawyer said. “At the same time, I wanted to honor my grandmother by doing this work.”


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