Historic Ames Chapel

The Ames Chapel is a focal point of the Hingham Cemetery, a picturesque garden cemetery and arboretum modeled after Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass.

Dedicated in 1887, the chapel was designed by a young local architect, J. Sumner Fowler, in a blend of the Queen Anne and Stick styles. Originally used as a funerary chapel, it has served since the 1920s as office space and storage for cemetery operations.

In 2011 the cemetery board began to execute its vision for the revitalization and rehabilitation of the building as a fully accessible venue for the community, equipped to host a range of activities.

Rededication in October of 2015 after extensive remodeling, Ames Chapel was brought back to life by the architecture preservation firm of Spencer & Vogt; master builder Ben Wilcox of Wilcox Corporation; and interior decorator Sue Bush, along with Anne Kimball.

The Ames, retains its historical look but was brought into contemporary use with ADA access, water, gas, and a caterer’s prep kitchen.

Guests often remark how beautifully the Queen Anne edifice had been restored, and many asked when they could start booking events there. Since November of 2015 the chapel has been rented for everything from small weddings to rehearsal dinners to intimate chamber music concerts and corporate and private luncheons.

Remarked one guest, “So much has changed about Hingham in recent years. It’s wonderful to establish the Ames Chapel as a place for community, a place that reminds us what was always so special about Hingham to begin with.”

 

 

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