Simes House Preserving the past, building the future Our mission is to support a cost-effective restoration of the Simes House and Manomet Commons in Plymouth, Mass., for the benefit of the public. This support will include educating the public on the important history of the house, enhancing cultural identity, and encouraging community service. Our stewardship includes management of St. Catherine’s Chapel Park at White Horse Beach as a self-sustaining community landmark. Our long-term vision includes the opportunity to manage the daily operations of the Simes House when the restoration project is complete.
Letter concerning restoration plan sent to town officials
Officers of Simes House Foundation recently sent a letter to Town Manager Melissa Arrighi, Assistant Town Manager Derek Brandisi and other town officials concerning the current restoration plan for Simes House. The plan being considered would destroy some historical features of the house. The letter urges the town to favor preservation while building for the future. Further, the letter recommends the town forsake a commercial kitchen in favor of a caterer's prep kitchen, as well as other cost-saving measures concerning an elevator and other aspects of construction.
The letter begins:
"The Simes House Foundation, Inc. (SHFI) has been told the Town’s Building Committee is soliciting a supplementary cost estimate and revised plans for the Simes House restoration project. In that regard, SHFI offers the following suggestions based on its experience with the prior plans and estimates. SHFI's main mission is to support a cost-effective restoration of the Simes House and Manomet Commons for the benefit of all Plymouth residents. SHFI wants to ensure the restoration stays within an acceptable budget without jeopardizing the self-sustainability of the completed house and commons. SHFI further urges the Town to favor preservation over expediency, as the Town’s current proposed plan appears to reflect the latter.
"Thanks to a presentation to the SHFI Board of Directors last month by CPC Chairman Bill Keohan, who is also a current director of SHFI, we became aware of the destructive nature of the proposed Plan A dated 01-16. Subsequent revisions of Plan A appeared to exacerbate the potential damage by encroaching on the dining room and removing the historically significant rear stairs. Furthermore, addition of a four-stop elevator and the associated build-out of the basement and roof to accommodate it would destroy other noteworthy features, such as altering the graceful roofline of the house. SHFI urges the Town to preserve the past while building for the future."
The full text of the letter and floor plans are here.
St. Catherine's Park becomes SHFI community project
The Simes House Foundation owns St. Catherine’s Chapel Park, located at 95 White Horse Road in Manomet. The site, formerly home to St. Catherine’s Chapel, was sold by the church to Good Properties Realty Trust, which built a beautiful, pastoral two-acre park. The park has been given as a gift to the Foundation, along with a $90,000 maintenance endowment. Historical village signage has been installed. The public is welcome to enjoy facility. You can view a slideshow of the signage that recounts historical highlights of Manomet.
Simes House exterior restoration complete
Simes House has completed Phase 1 exterior restoration. The color scheme is exactly as the house would have appeared when it was completed in 1863, according to paint analysis conducted as part of the Historic Structure Report completed in 2012. For those interested, you can view the online version of our completed Historic Structures Report.
Simes House | 29 Manomet Point Road | PO Box 557 | Manomet MA 02345
Plant/bake sale at Simes House planned for May 28
Simes House Foundation will hold a Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 28, from 9am to 1pm at the house. Rain date is Sunday, May 29, at the same time.
Plant or bake donations can be dropped off on the morning of the sale between 8 and 9am. If you need to donate items before the day of the event, please call Margaret McSharry at 508-224-3505 or Linda Williams at 508-224-6300.
Volunteers and donations are welcome. You may also contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simes House is located at 29 Manomet Point Road, across from Manomet Plaza. Parking is available in the Plaza parking lot.
Support SHFI with a membership or donation
Simes House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, needs your financial support to continue the restoration and to stage community events. Please make a donation and/or join the Foundation as a member today. We would also be interested in any special abilities you could bring to our efforts.