Simes House Foundation gets state grant

Secretary of State William Galvin and the Massachusetts Historical Commission awarded the Simes House Foundation a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Project Funds Emergency Funding program, Senate President Therese Murray announced Wednesday.

The funds will be used to offset the cost of exterior stabilization of the Joseph Simes House which is now in progress, Foundation Secretary Will Shain said in a press release. “ We see the Simes House as a historically important landmark that broadens the scope of Plymouth’s cultural resources by highlighting the town’s 19th century development and the history of the coastal village of Manomet.” he added.

The Simes House Foundation received a $1.5 million grant in 2010 from the Town of Plymouth Community Preservation Act funds for the restoration of the Joseph Simes House in Manomet. Built in 1863, this historically significant house is one of the few 19th century country estates left in Plymouth.

The next phase of work will focus on the interior restoration and open space work, including developing the interior for mixed-use, including public space, leasable commercial space and affordable residential units. The property will also include a “barn-like” structure, consistent with the original home, which will serve several purposes including for storage and community events.

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