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My Old House: 1514 Brown St.

1514 Brown St.

My Old House: 1514 Brown St.

Gita Balakrishnan April 05, 2018

They may not have had a large porch to gather on, but it didn’t matter.

Living at 1514 Brown St. had a special advantage. And that’s what you could see from the front door.

Tom Fiegl ’86 lived at the home for three years and remembers fondly its convenience to local hangouts.

From our front door, we could walk out and see if there was a line forming at Flanagan’s. This was especially helpful on Thursday nights when it could get really busy there.”

In the other direction on Brown Street, Fiegl said, Milano’s was just a short walk, which made the home “a really central location where everything was easy to get to.”

The home, adorned with big white pillars outside, was unique because it had four separate apartments on the inside. Fiegl and the three roommates he lived with occupied the bottom right apartment.

Because of the setup, Fiegl said that strong friendships were created between separate apartments of the home.

We were able to make some great friends. We’d do all kinds of stuff together. We were friends with all of them,” Fiegl recalled.

But, whenever any of them needed a little privacy, underneath the stairs leading to the upstairs apartment was a small closet with just enough space for someone to sneak away.

“We’d use that space to be able to talk on the phone in private — back when there were no cellphones around,” Fiegl said.

A special memory that stands out was the time Fiegl and the others got their families together the day before graduation for a celebration. Having spent three years together in the home, it was “cool to finally get to see the families of the friends I had gotten to know,” Fiegl said.

And though Fiegl can’t recall anything crazy ever happening during his time at 1514 Brown St., he’s certain of this fact: “We all had a good time together and were good friends back then.”

And, that is all that does matter.

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