Topics: Historic preservation

HARWICH — Due to the high cost of moving and rehabilitating a Victorian house that once served as the rectory and later the thrift shop at Holy Trinity Church, the affordable housing trust has decided not to pursue the building as affordable housing. The Roman Catholic Diocese has plans to remove the building, constructed in 1914 on the west side of the church on Route 28 in West Harwich. The structure has bee...

May Be Town's Oldest House CHATHAM – William Nickerson came to the Cape's elbow in the mid 1600s to found his own community. He built a homestead for himself and his family on the shores of Ryder's Cove, and later welcomed others who settled throughout the area that is now Chatham. The first settlers' homes are lost; all that is left of Nickerson's house is an outline in the earth and some artifacts discove...

CHATHAM – For the second time in two years, the historical commission has imposed a delay on a proposal to demolish a portion of an iconic home at the corner of Shore Road and Seaview Street. Commission members weren't happy with new plans to renovate and add on to the 93-year-old bow roof Cape at 233 Seaview St., which they said would be much larger than the existing building and would alter the historic stre...

Antique Orleans Barn Moved

By: Ed Maroney

Monday’s journey of the old Hanvey barn from Great Oak Road began with suspending the roof, before a trailer made a tight turn  and just got by the fence of neighbor Vince Ollivier. “It’s like losing an old friend who moves away,” said Ollivier, who grew up on the property across from the barn. “The only time you see him is when you visit.” Gregg LeStage, the barn’s new ow...

ORLEANS — Gregg LeStage’s great-grandfather burned down a barn on his Barley Neck Road property in 1956 because it blocked his view of the water. When his great-grandson bought the place for his own family in 2001, he tore down another barn that was in poor condition and a potential danger for his young daughters. “At that time in my life, it was way too expensive to repair,” LeStage said last week. “From that...

Concerted Effort Needed To Save Town's Oldest House

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM – Without intervention from town officials, one of the oldest houses in Chatham and a direct link to founder William Nickerson, could be lost. Historical Commission Chair Frank Messina appealed to selectmen last week to pull together a group of stakeholders to brainstorm ways around roadblocks that could lead to the demolition of the home at 68 Shell Dr. “It's not that we want to break the law, but ...

Town Clock In Need Of Facelift

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town clock is in need of an overhaul. Located in the tower of the First United Methodist Church, the clock's four faces can be seen throughout much of the downtown area. That's both a benefit and a detriment. At its height, it gets the brunt of everything that nature throws at the town. “It's clearly above the tree line, so definitely is exposed to all of our conditions,” said Principal Projec...

CHATHAM – For 13 years, Robert Moss admired the old house at 154 Champlain Rd., where the street bends at a right angle and commands a panoramic view of Stage Harbor. He walked past it whenever he was in town, and often encountered people taking photos or just enjoying the view. “It's just such an enjoyable spot,” he said. Five years ago Moss offered to buy the historic home, known as Starboard Light, and f...

Commission Imposes Demolition Delay On Holy Trinity House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic district and historical commission has imposed a one-year demolition delay on the demolition of the historic structure located to the west side of Holy Trinity Church grounds in West Harwich. The Victorian-style house was constructed in 1914 and has been used as a rectory and more recently as the church’s thrift shop, but it has been vacant for the past five years. Spokesperson for the d...

County Commissioners Approve West Harwich Planning District

By: William F. Galvin

On 2-1 Vote HARWICH — On a two-to-one vote, the Barnstable County Commissioners approved the ordinance establishing the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) last week. County commissioner Ron Beaty cast the dissenting vote. The ordinance allows the town to put in place a one-year moratorium on development to provide time to address zoning deficiencies along a stretch of Route 28 from th...

HARWICH — The Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates gave its unanimous approval to the designation of a West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern last week. The final step in the approval must be taken by the Barnstable County Commissioners, but it is unlikely to receive unanimous support. In a statement, commissioner Ron Beaty said he was opposed to the proposal and intended to vote against the ord...

Housing Trust Needs Time To Assess Church Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Affordable housing trust members said they need time to examine if they would have any use for the century-old house the Bishop of Fall River is seeking to have torn down on the Holy Trinity Church property in West Harwich. A demolition is pending before the historic district and historical commission, which wanted to see if the town’s affordable housing trust might have an interest in moving the Vic...

CHATHAM – The historical commission is looking at using zoning incentives—and disincentives—to encourage preservation of historical structures. Possible changes to the zoning bylaw include flexibility in dimensional regulations, allowing smaller lots than allowed to be created for historic structures and restrictions on lots where historic structures are not preserved. The concepts grew out of work the Cape...

CHATHAM – The new owner of the Monomoy Theatre property is proposing to restore and add on to the historic theater building and antique Greek Revival home at 774 Main St., as well as construct housing for people 55 years of age and over at the rear of the lot. Greg Clark of Chatham Productions LLC was before the historic business district commission last Wednesday with conceptual plans for the redevelopment of...

Residents Want Holy Trinity To Preserve Century-old House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of West Harwich made it clear to the historic district and historic commission this past week that they do not want to lose the century-old house that once served as the rectory and later the thrift shop for Holy Trinity Church. The commission was addressing a notice of intent filed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Fall River, as owner of the property and Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha as app...

PHILADELPHIA – Think you know the truth about Thanksgiving? Think again. As people across the nation prepare to sit down to another turkey dinner, David Silverman has an important message for them: it's all a lie. If you want the truth, read his new book “This Land Is Their Land,” which aims to eradicate what Silverman calls the Thanksgiving myth. Silverman, a historian, college professor and author of four pr...