Outdoor Living By Design

Warmer weather is on the way, which means more opportunities to spend time outside. For this article, we asked local landscape and home design experts to share helpful advice for creating inviting outdoor living spaces. From state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens and pools to the best plants, natural stone and furnishings for a chic patio, deck or terrace, these … Read more

Local Skincare Line Launch

Moroccan Magic Skincare

By Maria Allen Four years ago, armed with all-natural argan oil and a boatload of determination, Milton entrepreneur Kristina D. Tsipouras built herself a lip balm empire known as Moroccan Magic. Her organic lip balm line is now available in over 30,000 retail stores nationwide. We recently caught up with Tsipouras to learn about her … Read more

Unbelieve-A-Bowl

Smoothie Bowl

They’re fresh, they’re flavorful and oh-so Instagram-worthy. Smoothie bowls and acai bowls have been a trend for some time now. The nutrient-packed foods can be found on the menu at many local juice bars and eateries. Smooth and creamy, yet thick enough to enjoy with a spoon, these blended dishes are packed with produce and … Read more

Putting Craft Beer on the Map

South Shore Beer Trail

South Shore Beer Trail promotes local brewery hopping By Lannan M. O’Brien  Photography by Derrick Zellmann and Kjeld Mahoney The South Shore has become a haven for craft beer lovers, with many breweries and taprooms dotting the map from Plymouth to Hingham. Representatives from nine local breweries recently teamed up to form an organization called … Read more

The Whittlin’ Wahlberg

Hingham’s celebrity chef soothes his soul by carving decoys and other wood creations By Dave Kindy   Photography by Derrick Zellmann When Paul Wahlberg gets home to Hingham after work, the house is usually dark and quiet. His wife and two children have gone to bed and the celebrity chef is alone with his thoughts after … Read more

A Storied Career

David McCullough Author

Last spring, freelance writer David Kindy paid a visit to Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough to chat about American history, his latest bestseller and his ancestral connection to Hingham. By Dave Kindy  |  Photography by Derrick Zellmann It is a spectacular spring day in Hingham and David McCullough is enjoying it. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning … Read more

Devoted to Detail

A former Main Street church becomes a home.

By Kelly Chase | Photography by Brian Doherty Photography

Route 228 cuts through the center of Hingham and is defined by bordering captains’ homes, preserved farmhouses and well-manicured lots. It’s hard not to look left and right while traveling down the historic roadway to admire the charm of the stately homes and barns that are as rooted into the landscape as the surrounding trees.

Just after Haley Field and before the curve at Pleasant Street near Hingham center, 386 Main Street is an impressive, bright blue home crowned with a steeple. The former First Church of Christ Scientist building has been converted into a single-family, four-bedroom house and is currently for sale at $2,579,000. Developer Joe Curran took on the renovation project in 2014 and completed construction in June 2016. Like many of the surrounding homes on Hingham’s Main Street, Curran’s goal was to honor the original structure’s facade while adapting the interior for modern living.

“Throughout the renovations, we looked to maintain the uniqueness and character of the church while trying to not make it look like a church on the inside,” Curran explains.

Walk up the front path and step inside to a domed-ceiling foyer and you’ll forget you’re in a church already. The domed ceiling has been painted a deep teal, accentuating its depth, and a glass chandelier from Fleming’s Lighting in Cohasset creates a statement to those entering. Much of the first floor is visible from the front door and flows easily from living room to kitchen to family room. Architects Can and Juliana Tiryaki of Cohasset designed the open floor plan and while the area is connected, varied ceilings distinguish each room: the dining room has double-tiered ceilings, the family room has coffered ceilings and the living room’s ceiling is punctuated by square recess lighting.

Throughout the renovations, we looked to maintain the uniqueness and character of the church while trying to not make it look like a church on the inside
— DEVELOPER JOE CURRAN

While Curran and his team had creative freedom with many interior details (adding a fireplace and custom millwork, for example), they consulted with Andrea Young of Hingham Historical Commission to preserve historic architectural elements of the church. The original 12-over-16 windows that once spilled sun onto pews now flood a first floor with ample natural light. While the church built in 1939 was deemed historical, the schoolhouse, added in the 1960s, was not. Curran worked with East Coast Development of Marshfield to demolish that part of the structure and construct a family room, guest room, outside covered deck, garage and mudroom below as well as bedrooms above. The addition blends seamlessly, maintaining and expanding the original red oak floors.

Hingham-based Faneuil Kitchen Cabinets installed the timeless yet contemporary white kitchen with marble countertops and butler’s pantry. The farmer’s sink has a view out the window and the large kitchen island has a stovetop and a retractable downdraft range hood. Throughout the home the colors are a blend of rich earthtones. The gray palette in the master bath is soothing, the perfect touch for the freestanding soaking tub and steam shower. There are many functional details throughout the home such as a number of custom built-
in shelves, including in the master bedroom’s spacious closet.

Curran has the original blueprints of the church as well as some letters and newspaper clippings. On March 10, 1939, the Hingham Journal reported the church would be built by John Henry and Son of Quincy and designed by architect John A. Root. That same article notes the builder’s and designer’s intentions, which seem to be similar to Curran’s and those of many of the homeowners on Main Street today: “The church is to be of Colonial meeting house design to conform with the general surroundings of the neighborhood.” Now, the home at 386 Main Street awaits its next chapter.

 

Recipe for a Healthy Lifestyle

Written by Maria Allen  |   Photography by Kerry Brett and Jack Foley Wellness is big business these days, with countless people making resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more and live their best life. The truth is, changing your eating habits can be a challenging goal if you don’t educate yourself and have a system … Read more