On the Market: A Whimsical Converted Church on the Cape
A prim and proper exterior conceals a dramatically detailed interior.
17 Church Street, Yarmouth
Size: 3,442 square feet
This house for sale is almost too charming for its own good. Not only has the two-bedroom home been converted from a former Universalist church, but inside, it displays painstaking detail. The cherry on top? It’s situated just off of the main drag in Yarmouth, one of the Cape’s most adorable towns.
Built in 1836 as the Strawberry Hill Meeting House, the once-austere house of worship now revels in dramatic ornamentation. A pair of set designers purchased the church in the ’70s, and are responsible for transforming the place into the whimsical palace it is today. It’s decked out with trompe l’oeil flourishes—optical illusions include faux curtains on windows and other not-so-hidden gems. Intricate white-and-gold moldings make the church’s vaulted ceilings appear all the more grand, while faux marble floors in the main living area infuse the place with regal sensibilities. The meeting house is also home to the oldest pipe organ built in New England—it dates back to 1830.
For information, contact Marchildon Hagopian Team, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, kinlingrover.com.
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