Old Ship Church Parish House back on the market as a single family home

Photo by Carol Meyer.

February 28, 2022 By Carol Britton Meyer

Following a Hingham developer’s withdrawal from a purchase and sale agreement with Old Ship Church for the historic parish house – located at 107 Main Street – last fall, the decision was made after consulted local real estate agents that the building’s most promising use at this time would be as a single-family residence.

The 14,000 square foot building sits on a nearly three acre parcel located in a Residence A zoned neighborhood. This allows for a number of uses, including single family homes.

As a backdrop, Atlantic Development had worked with the church to reallocate the existing parish house property to fund a new parish house to be built adjacent to the meeting hall at 90 Main Street and to potentially allow the council to administration to negotiate with the Hingham Affordable. Housing Trust for the sale of part of the land for the expansion of Lincoln School Apartments to provide more affordable seniors’ housing in the city.

“The reason we feel comfortable marketing this property as a single family residence is that the market is completely different today than it was five years ago,” when the decision was made for the first time to sell the parish house and surrounding acreage, Parish House Management team co-chairman Nina Wellford told The Hingham Anchor. “We feel there are people willing to spend money on this beautiful home [which was built as a residence]especially at the reduced price, knowing that they will put in [significant] the money for [major improvements and repairs] — so the asking price seems fair.”

Darleen Lannon of Coldwell Banker will list the Iconic Landmark property at 107 Main St for $2.6 million.

The original price was $4.75 million which later dropped to $2.9 million and is now set at that price.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to list this Landmark home in the heart of downtown Hingham,” Lannon told the Hingham Anchor. “It is being sold as a single family home, and my goal is to find an end-user buyer who will transform this 1867 [property] in the magnificent domain that it can be.

Lannon refers to it as a “unique opportunity” to own one of Landmark’s most prominent properties on Lower Main Street in Hingham, encouraging potential buyers to “bring your design ideas [about how to transform] this iconic property in your dream home, just steps from Hingham Square.”

Set on nearly three acres of land, there’s room for amenities such as a swimming pool or a guesthouse, Lannon said.

The first floor features a grand entry with 11 foot high ceilings, a gracious living room with detailed moldings, a handsome office, a formal dining room with a fireplace, an industrial kitchen, and a large entertainment room/great room.

“The expansive second floor offers picturesque views of downtown Hingham and features six bedrooms and three full bathrooms,” Lannon said. “The house is on mains drainage, with gas, and is sold as is. [price] reflects the significant amount of work required to transform this 1867 home into the magnificent estate it can be.” Call/text Lannon at (617) 899-4508 for more information.

Teams of Old Ship members and friends have been organized to help showcase the property and prepare the property for open houses and potential buyers.

‘This is a lovely plot in Hingham town centre, with land behind the parish house that can be improved,’ Wellford said.

Since the property is located in the historic district of downtown Hingham, any proposed changes will need to comply with the regulations of the Historic Districts Commission, “but there is a lot of wiggle room,” according to Wellford. “Hopefully someone from the South Shore or moving here for that matter will see this as a good possibility for a signing house.”

The “bones” of the building and the structure itself are in “good condition”, according to Wellford. However, the current parish house no longer meets the needs of the congregation as it is not accessible to people with disabilities, is not functional for their needs, is too expensive to maintain and the property is not fully utilized to its fullest potential. current use.

Whether or not a new parish house will be built, the potential location and other details have yet to be decided taking into account a number of factors.

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