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Ebenezer Gay House

89 North Street, Hingham, MA

Ebenezer Gay is most known for being a central figure in the emergence of liberal religion in 18th century New England. He became a pastor at the First Parish of Hingham in 1718; and is widely regarded as being instrumental in defining the liberal position in theology while directing Old Ship Church.

Ebenezer Gay had this house commissioned to be built around the 1720ís. When we purchase the house, it was in terrible condition; and had to receive approvals from Historic Districts Commission. In fact, the east wall was pulling away from the main house by about 4 to 5 inches; and would have most likely collapsed within the next 5 years. The hardwood floors were also sagging down onto the earth.

During the renovations, we were able to save most of the original work in the house such as the 18th century raised wood paneling throughout numerous rooms. In addition to updating all of the electrical, plumbing, appliances, etc. we installed all new custom window sills. We also chose the new exterior color for the house from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities for historic homes in Massachusetts.

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