1836 Church – Yarmouth Port, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 12/15/18   -   Last OHD Update: 3/6/19   -   24 Comments
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  • $625,000
  • 2 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3442 Sq Ft
  • 0.23 Ac.
The Strawberry Hill Meeting House, a 1836 Universalist Church, was purchased by renowned set designers, Herbert Senn & Helen Pond in the 1973, and over the years, came to life as a magical, single family residence. With fabulous attention to detail both inside and out, this wonderful property is nestled on a small country road, just off Rte 6A in the heart of Yarmouth Port Village close to Cape Cod Bay. Short walk to nearby restaurants, museums library. The interior walls and vaulted ceilings have been painstakingly decorated in the trompe loeil style, and one has to almost touch the surfaces to tell if it is carved moldings or a painted illusion. The dramatic, main room features the oldest pipe organ built in New England, circa 1830, lovingly restored fully operational The entire wooden floor has been painted in black white, faux marble squares, and there is a large, wood burning Franklin Stove for added ambiance. The entire building has been carefully climate controlled with a modern, gas warm air heat and central A/C to protect the important features of the interior.
Sold By
Lee Marchildon, Kinlin Grover
(508) 362-3000
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24 Comments on 1836 Church – Yarmouth Port, MA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Definitely the best church interior I’ve ever posted on the site. It would be like living in a wedding cake! The interior is not original but it looks so fabulous one could hardly complain about it.

    Helen passed last year: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170413/renowned-set-designer-helen-pond-dies-at-age-92

    Some of their items when it went to auction:

    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Wow. The place is astonishing; mesmerizing.

      And Helen seemed equally amazing. Thanks, Kelly!

    • AvatarMarc says: 198 comments

      Wow, Helen and Herbert had remarkable lives! It’s obvious they used their sophisticated set design talents to create their own home. I really appreciate when, like here, I see a style I thought I didn’t like but it’s done so well I reconsider my opinion. This home is marvelous and I hope the next owners don’t change a thing. Bravo Helen!

  2. natira121natira121 says: 322 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Wow! I’m really impressed. This place doesn’t feel “churchy” to me like most church/home conversions. And can you imagine it decorated for Christmas????!!!!

    Really cool place

    • AvatarCharman says: 1 comments

      Wow I love how this was converted

    • hearsetraxhearsetrax says: 152 comments

      I’m shivering with excitement and while I agree its don’t feel all that church-ish

      one has too love that organ, spiral staircase,that wonderful kitchen and miles and miles of wood flooring and related details

      personally I’d love to see it decorated for both Halloween and Xmas

      (insert creepy organ music)

    • AvatarBrian says: 2 comments

      Helen and Herbert had many Christmas eve parties and I can say they, and the church were spectacular with up to 7 tress all decked out in their own theme. Those times will truly be cherished and missed.

  3. AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments
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    Hopkinton, MA

    Gobsmacked! what a gorgeous property & that kitchen!!!

  4. AvatarKeith Sanders says: 104 comments

    I once saw pictures of a marvelous church conversion for sale in London. I thought it was the be all and end all of the style. But this takes the cake because it is a cake. The faithful adherence to the subtle and respectful color scheme complements the rich interior architecture perfectly. Thou almost persuadest me to be an American…

  5. AvatarNancy C says: 122 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    Oh my! What appears to be a charming New England church from the Nineteenth Century opens up to be an Italian castle on steroids! The photos of their set designs show projects outdone by the decoration of their own home.

    There is really nothing to be said, is there — the masterpiece speaks for itself.

  6. CandyCandy says: 138 comments
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    Carpentersville, IL

    In the description, the realtor states that there is Trompe l’oeil painting on the walls and ceilings… I wonder how much of what we’re seeing is paint and how much is actually carved? It’s absolutely gorgeous and amazing either way but I just can’t curb my curiosity! I would live in the freezing cold if I could live in this home!

  7. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    If one were to buy this extraordinary home……how would one be able to live up to the extraordinary personalities who created it..? Here the lives of these two beloved talents are personified in the most beautiful of a, “life’s set.”

  8. AvatarJohntique says: 28 comments

    WOW !!!!! …. What more is there to say? Dazzling, inspired, and the love of a lifetime epitomized in an extraordinary structure!
    Did you notice the carved wood “drapery” swags and jabots with the gilt trim! Everything about this place is incredible!

  9. AvatarKristi E says: 46 comments

    Wow. I would love to see how they had it furnished. I bet it was spectacular!

  10. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 795 comments

    Kelly hit on the perfect description that owning this house would be like dwelling inside a wedding cake. All that woodwork would certainly have my teeth-marks on it, because it truly looks scrumptious enough to eat.

  11. AvatarDanny G. says: 2 comments

    Wow. Simply wow.

  12. AvatarLynn says: 91 comments

    When the description said that the floor was painted in black and white check pattern, I was less than excited, but after seeing it-WOW! I don’t think I would want anyone to walk on it. The whole place is just stunning! I would certainly have to learn to play the organ to live there!

  13. Avatarkrista says: 3 comments

    not at all was I was expecting!

  14. Preservation MattersPreservation Matters says: 98 comments

    Love the unpainted wooden doors and trim. I imagine most of the wood was originally this hue – not too dark or light, rich and perfect.

  15. AvatarAPhid says: 21 comments

    I think you would need to host balls. I would love to see this place filled with dancers with the organ going full blast!

  16. ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

    I agree with Kelly’s description.
    I wonder how much they got for the object described in photo #11 of the auction items…..hahaha!

  17. Avatarpeeweebc says: 858 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Well a lot of folks have said “wow” but I’m adding yet another. This is the coolest and most ingenious conversion of a church I’ve seen ever seen. CLASS ACT.

  18. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
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    I agree with everyone on the church details, but the stories of Helen and Herbert are extraordinary! I agree that there are huge shoes to fill for whomever purchases this place! What incredibly talented and charismatic people Helen and Herbert were!

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