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It's Never Too Late To Dream

With her grown children gone, Peggotty Gilson decided to fulfill a childhood ambition by becoming an architect.

Architect Peggotty Worthington Gilson at home in her Windsor cottage.

Architect Peggotty Worthington Gilson at home in her Windsor cottage.

Peggotty Worthington Gilson, a resident of Windsor, evolved into an architect by a long and circuitous route. Her mother’s brother, John M. Johansen, was a member of the Harvard Five, a famous group of architects who studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard and designed modern houses in New Canaan, Conn., in the 1950s. After her family moved to New Canaan, 9-year-old Peggotty bonded with her Uncle John who became her mentor, friend and inspiration. On her way home from school she would stop by his office.  She was enchanted by architectural forms and created three-dimensional sections of horse stalls and aerial perspectives of farms. “I was born to look down on things,” Peggotty says. “I drew a picture of a chair in perfect perspective when I was 2 years old.”

At the tender age of 10, Peggotty announced that she wanted to be an architect when she grew up.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2012 issue