MER Update: Support The Columns!

Updated: Oct 18, 2021


A special town meeting in Dennis on October 26 will determine the future of a proposed restoration of The Columns. The project is seeking Community Preservation Act funds which are awarded to projects for historic preservation, affordable housing, open space/conservation or recreation.


Background:

The Columns is an iconic part of West Dennis' heavily traveled Rt. 28 streetscape. This whaling captain's mansion makes a statement, with its two-story fluted columns that were transported all the way from Boston to mark the entry way to Captain Obed Bakers stately home. In the 1960's and 70's, the house became a popular restaurant and jazz club. The past few decades saw rehabilitation attempts in fits and starts, with nothing taking hold. Slowly deteriorating, the house was listed on Preservation Massachusetts 2018 list of Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources (MER) list.


After listing, PM worked with local nominators to find a collaborative preservation solution, and were thrilled when 1620 Capital LLC expressed interest in the property. The company acquired the property in late 2019 with plans to restore and rehabilitate the house for rental housing.


For information about The Columns, the MER program and our advocacy efforts on behalf of this important property, see below and check back often for updates!


Cape Cod Times: Letters to the Editor Regarding The Columns (10/16/21)


PM Letter to the Editor - Cape Cod Times (not published as of 10/13/21)

The Columns Preservation Mass CC Times ltr 2021.10.08
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News Articles:

11/2019 - Where Are They Now? MER Update (PM Blog)


3/6/2020 - Plymouth company to restore West Dennis mansion (Cape Cod Times)


9/22/2020 - Laying the foundation (Wicked Local)


10/17/2020 - The Historic Columns in Dennis Sees New Life (Coastal Neighborhoods online)


10/1/2021 - The Columns project sparks debate over use of public funds for private projects (Cape Cod Times)



Most Endangered Historic Resources:

2018 Most Endangered Historic Resources Video: Learn what the program is and what properties were listed in 2018, along with The Columns.


Community Preservation Act - Links from the Community Preservation Coalition

Information about the Community Preservation Act program and projects.


Can CPA Fund Private Projects?


What Does CPA Fund: CPA Database by Town - Search to see what projects have previously been approved for CPA funding by communities across MA.





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