62 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND MARCH/APRIL 2017
Ann Fessenden Ames died in 1876, and although she lived in Boston’s Back Bay, she was laid to rest in Hingham Ceme- tery. A summer resident, she adored Hingham, the historic town on Massa- chusetts’s South Shore. Yet, as someone from away, there was no home church from which the
50-year-old Ames could be buried. So, 10 years after her
death, her husband donated a small funeral chapel in her
honor in the centuries-old burial ground in the center of
town, right behind the Old Ship Meeting House. After
decades of neglect, that loving gift of Preston Adams
Ames has been restored and begun a new life in service to
the cemetery and the community.
Dedicated last September after a five-year rehabilitation, the Ames Chapel is a gem of the Queen Anne style.
the focal point of the interior of the restored Ames Chapel is
the opalescent glass (left) given by Preston Ames in honor of his
wife. The entrance (below left) leads into the maple-trimmed
great room. Although missing the original roof tiles and cupola,
the chapel (below right) looks as it did in the 1880s.
A scrappy group of preservationists restore a gem
of Victorian architecture for all to enjoy
written by william morgan
photographed by bob o’connor
SPENCER & VOGT GROUP