Greenbush Historic Preservation Trust
The purpose of the fund is to preserve and maintain historic assets and streetscapes along the Greenbush commuter rail right-of-way and the surrounding area to enhance downtown Hingham.
- The 2020 round of funding has been postponed. New application dates are to be determined.
How to Apply
Exact dates vary by year but usually funding is announced in April, applications are reviewed in May and awarded in June.
Complete the Greenbush Historic Preservation Trust Guide and Application (PDF)
Trust fund applicants, including individuals, may apply for grants for improvements to historic properties and existing streetscapes and landscapes. The Commission works with property owners to determine their eligibility for trust fund grants.
Fund guidelines require the approval of the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Secretary of the Interior standards for treatment of historic buildings also apply.
Greenbush trust funds may be combined with other sources of funding to bring individual projects to completion. Applicants who do not receive the full amount requested are eligible to reapply another year.
Once grants are awarded, there is a follow-up process to ensure the work is completed.
Past project Examples
These are examples of a few projects that have recently been funded:
- The Coop and Artisans in the Square on South Street -- restoration of the original storefronts of the historic building they occupy;
- New North Church -- handicapped-accessibility;
- The Isaac Lane House on North Street, a private residence – antique window restoration;
- South Shore Country Club maintenance building conversion into a handicapped-accessible facility offering amenities such as food, beverages, and restrooms at the ninth hole;
- St. Paul Church – handicapped-accessible ramp restoration;
- Welcome Lincoln House and Carriage House, South Street – window restoration and other work;
- Hingham Cemetery Corporation – bronze identification plaques at the entrances noting that the cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places;
- Glastonbury Abbey – continued work on the towers, including resolving accessibility issues;
- Whitney Wharf Bridge beautification project, including planters and signage detailing the rich history of the harborfront area.
- A potential mural on the back of one of the buildings situated along the Greenbush tunnel cap in Hingham Square, to be completed by high school students if the project is approved and receives funds from the trust.
- Hingham Community Center – handicapped accessibility.
History of Greenbush Preservation Funds
The town’s former Greenbush Special Counsel Alexander Macmillan negotiated the trust fund several years ago for the benefit of the town, with the then-Selectmen’s approval. The purpose is to offset negative impacts from the train going through the heart of the downtown area.
Other communities affected by the rail restoration project subsequently followed Hingham’s lead in asking for money for the same purpose.
There are hundreds of buildings on the inventory of historic properties in that area that could be eligible for some of the funds. An agreement between the Town of Hingham and the MBTA, approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, provided for a sum of $1.35 million to be placed in a trust administered by the commission.
Not wanting to fund one large project that used up the entire amount, the commission decided earlier to award $100,000-worth of grants a year. The remaining funds are invested by the town treasurer.