People of Brookline

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Caroline FitzGerald, 1882 [inscription illegible, "Carry Fitzgerald", identity speculative]
1871 1952; married, 1899, Charles Augustus Van Rensselaer; parents: Desmond FitzGerald, Elizabeth Parker Clarke; lived at 410 Washington St. by Cypress

Her sister, Harriot, is also featured in this album. She moved to Manhattan after her wedding. Her father, Desmond FitzGerald, was a well-known hydraulic engineer who became Superintendent of the Metropolitan Water Works and worked at the pumping station in Chestnut Hill. He was a noted art collector and, in 1913, built a private museum next to his house for his collection of works by artists like Monet, Renoir, and Degas. The building is now the Church of Christ.