The Ames Chapel Restoration

In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Hingham Cemetery voted to tackle the challenging task of restoring the Ames Chapel. The chapel, built in 1886, had been unused and neglected for decades and had fallen into disrepair. The Directors knew they needed the best craftsmen and historical preservation team to maintain the integrity of this unique Queen Anne style structure while bringing it up to code for contemporary use.

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Ames Chapel interior, pre-restoration

Hingham General Contractor and historical preservationist Ben Wilcox of Wilcox Corporation was hired to take on this important project. Ben and his crew of local talent - including Chip Maguire, Lee Wilcox, Henry Wilcox and Chris Wilcox - restored the original interior woodwork, designed and built the new basement level and installed up-to-date systems. All local tradesmen were used during the renovation. Today, the Ames Chapel is an important community asset and in 2015 received the W. Bradford Sprout Architectural Preservation Award from the Hingham Historical Society.

The Board of Hingham Cemetery extends its grateful thanks for the generosity of the town's Community Preservation Committee, the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the many individuals who have made contributions to the project.

The Chapel restoration also received the support of former State Senator Bob Hedlund and former State Representative Garrett Bradley as well as the Hingham Board of Selectmen, the Hingham Historical Commission, the Hingham Historical Society, and the Hingham Advisory Committee.

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Main Room, Rededication Day

Attendees at the rededication on September 27, 2015 not only enjoyed all of the restored historic detail of the Chapel but, for the first time, the benefits of a caterer's kitchen and handicap-accessible facilities (including a lift). With these additions, the main room now can be used not only for religious ceremonies such as weddings and funeral services but also for parties, conferences, and other gatherings. Events may be booked - at cost, only to recover expenses - for $75 an hour. For more information, Contact Us.

Please consider making a fully tax-deductible contribution to support the Ames Chapel. You are able to contribute directly through PayPal using the "Donate" button below; checks may also be sent to the Friends of Hingham Cemetery, Hingham Cemetery, P.O. Box 105, Hingham, MA 02043.

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