Topics: Historic preservation

'The End Of An Era' For Monomoy Theatre

By: Tim Wood

Historical Commission Seeks National Register Eligibility Ruling CHATHAM – The mood was somber last weekend as Monomoy Theatre officials and alumni helped clear out the buildings at the Main Street campus in advance of its pending sale. “It's sad to the see the passing of the theater,” said actor Casey Predovic, who performed in “Guys and Dolls” at the theater last year. His parents, Dennis and Marcia, were...

Harwich Center Initiative Group Goes On Hiatus

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Center initiative committee will be taking a hiatus until next fall. The decision was made at a session at the end of February in which some committee members expressed both frustration with the process and a sense that other town committees are conducting parallel examinations of the same issues. Harwich Center resident Peter Antonellis asked if the committee was working in cooperatio...

CHATHAM – Selectmen last week declined to support proposed federal legislation to declare Nantucket Sound a National Historic Landmark. Chatham is the only Cape town bordering Nantucket Sound that has declined to endorse the legislation, which is being promoted by the Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound. Some 50 towns, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations signed on to a letter to Senators Edward Mark...

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Retail Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While the planning board received a presentation this past week on the proposed development of a 7,489-square-foot retail structure along Route 28 in West Harwich, it is still not clear what business will occupy the location. Residents of the area raised questions about the type of retail business and the future of the historic Captain George Winchell Baker house, which is located on one of the two l...

Study Calls For $1.5 Million In Work On Brooks Academy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Major preservation and improvement plans are being considered for historic Brooks Academy based on an exterior assessment and concept design study done for the Brooks Academy Museum Commission by the architectural firm BIA Studio. At May's annual town meeting, voters will be asked to approve an initial $130,000 from Community Preservation Act funds, and the commission is projecting approximately $500...

CHATHAM – Most special permit and other zoning regulations addressing land use apply to the property in question. For instance, a special permit granted by the zoning board of appeals applies to the subject property, no matter who the owner or how many times it's resold. The same goes for demolition delays imposed by the historical commission. That allows an owner who wants to sell a home that's been determine...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

Opinions Sought On Harwich Center Revitalization

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Stakeholders and residents throughout the community are being urged to attend a Harwich Center initiative committee public forum and provide input on restoring the economic, aesthetic and historic vibrancy of the village. The committee, formed by the board of selectmen at the urging of residents of the village, has established a mission to develop and advocate specific, well thought-out recommendatio...

CHATHAM —  In the lower level of the Atwood House and Museum on Stage Harbor Road in Chatham is arguably the best collection of documents, artifacts, and other treasured elements of the town’s history. Official records, including some rescued from the town hall fire of 1919, as well as family papers, maps, rare books and historic clothing are preserved for their protection and access by historians and other inte...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

CHATHAM – The historical commission may consider calling on the Cape Cod Commission to protect a 300 year old house if the owner decides to go ahead with a demolition proposal. The original section of the house at 68 Shell Dr. was built in 1700, reportedly by the son of Chatham founder William Nickerson. Enlarged considerably over the years, it sits on more than three acres of land on Pleasant Bay and is being...

CHATHAM – The owners of the iconic house at 233 Seaview St., which overlooks Shore Road and Chatham Harbor, last week asked the historical commission to lift an 18-month demolition delay imposed last April. Owners Ronald and Ann Cami have agreed to retain the central core of the structure, built in 1927, but at a hearing Dec. 4 the commission asked to see revised plans before it formally lifts the demolition d...

Residents Push For Denial Of Harwich Center Construction Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of Harwich Center on Friday urged the historic district and historical commission to deny the certificate of appropriateness application for the demolition of the gas station building in the village and construction of a 4,000-square-foot mixed use commercial and residential structure in its place. “My suggestion is to reject the plan outright and help the applicant to do it right,” Paul Do...

SHMH Auction Celebrates A Historic Treasure This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Anyone looking for a wedding venue might want to attend the annual Auction Gala at the South Harwich Meetinghouse. One auction item provides the opportunity to be the first couple to be wed in the newly restored historic former Methodist Church. There are certainly other reasons to attend the auction. The event, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will provide the public with an oppo...

Historic West Harwich Schoolhouse Could Have New Life

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic West Harwich Schoolhouse may have inhaled another breath of life Monday night as selectmen express support for issuing proposals for the vacant building's use, likely through a licensing agreement. The board also voted to support a Preservation Massachusetts application to place the building on the organization's “most endangered” list. Over the past two weeks selectmen have been disc...

Forest Street Reconstruction Project Gets Special Permit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board has issued a special permit for a reconstruction project on Forest Street that exceeded the extent of demolition on the historic structure and went beyond the special permit initially granted for the project. The property owner, builder Anthony Crugnale, was before the appeals board last Wednesday seeking to amend or modify an existing special permit granted in February to include a...