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For $1.29m, here is the church. Here is the steeple. …

A former house of worship and a parish house have hit the market in Wenham for $1.29 million. See inside at realestate.boston.com.

The church dates to 1859. Tom Curry/Engel & Völkers by the Sea

6 Dodges Row, Wenham


Style Church/parish house

Year built 1859

Square feet 3,623/1,159

Bedrooms 3/1

Baths 3/1

Sewer/Water Private/town

Taxes $14,781 (2022)

It’s got everything, this 163-year-old single-family in Wenham. There’s an updated kitchen, a church steeple, a 700-pound English-made bell, flooring with radiant heat on the second level, a 90-year-old pipe organ, and a parish house.

All of this is part of a former Baptist church that welcomed parishioners from the Civil to the Vietnam wars, but has been in private hands since 1980 — the last 25 by the current owner, who has refurbished the exterior and refreshed the interior.

But it’s still a church building. And that’s the view as one approaches the front door: The steeple rises above a arched double-door entry, a large stained-glass window in a Gothic frame between them.


There are two doorways off the foyer, but both end up in the same space — an open layout encompassing the dining area (311 square feet) and the living area (305 square feet). The dining area sits to the left in front of a stained-glass window with a Gothic arch and a cathedral embossed-tin ceiling.

The dining area is part of an open layout shared with the living room. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The living area is set before a working wood-burning fireplace with a white wooden mantel and a surround of repurposed slate roofing tiles. Open shelving and a box for storing wood are to the right. There are two stained-glass windows in this space: one over the fireplace that has backlighting and one next to the shelving. Natural light shines through a large Gothic window. The ceiling is cathedral with embossed tin.

The living room has stained-glass windows and a wood-burning fireplace. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The open space narrows to a 15-foot-long hallway that offers access to numerous things: a bathroom with a tub/shower combination, a slate tile floor, a pedestal sink, subway tile, a stained-glass window, and access to the laundry room via a pocket door; two closets; an office; a confessional; and an open space the family room and kitchen share. In the latter, the ceilings are of average height, the windows are modern, and the lighting is recessed. There are two big exceptions to this modern design: the pipe organ and two stained-glass windows, including one honoring a 19th-century pastor.

The first-floor bath has a stained-glass window and a tub/shower combination. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
The family room, which shares an open layout with the kitchen and the breakfast nook, has a pipe organ. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The kitchen, which is 341 square feet, has soapstone counters and two sinks; one is farmhouse style. Other highlights: white cabinetry (some with glass-front doors); a pantry behind a pocket door; a curved, two-tier island (the lower level is granite) with seating for three flanked by columns; four casement windows; custom cabinetry; and high-end stainless steel appliances, including a gas stove, two wine refrigerators, two refrigerator drawers, and a traditional refrigerator. Its breakfast nook offers French doors to a patio.

The kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and soapstone and granite countertops. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
The kitchen island is nestled between two columns and offers seating for three. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The flooring on this level, except in the bath and laundry room, is oak.


Back in the dining area, wide stairs move past a window with a Gothic arch to the second level. There’s an exercise room to the right of the landing that boasts a stained-glass window.

The second-floor landing serves as kind of a launching pad for a nearly 37-foot-long skybridge that crosses over the open space of the former nave to the rear of the building, which holds three bedrooms and two baths. The rooms have flooring with radiant heat and embossed-tin ceilings.

This upstairs room is used as an exercise space. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
A lofted walkway looks over the main living areas and connects the bedrooms. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The bedroom area of the primary suite is 441 square feet. Beams run across the space, making it look like a sea captain’s cabin. The space comes with a built-in knee-high shelf with seating, as well as two skylights, carpeting, a walk-in closet, two small arched Gothic windows, and an original circular stained-glass window. The full bath has a white double vanity with a soapstone countertop, slate tile flooring, and a shower with a ceramic tile surround that sits behind a glass door.

The bedroom area of the primary suite is 441 square feet. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
The primary suite bath has a dual vanity and a walk-in shower. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
The primary suite comes with a walk-in closet. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The other bedrooms range from 159 to 185 square feet and have skylights, exposed beams, and carpeting. They share a full bathroom that offers a tub/shower combination, a single vanity with a soapstone counter, and slate tile flooring.

One of three bedrooms in the main house. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

There is storage space in the unfinished attic, and the home has central air.


The parish house comes with a kitchen, bedroom, full bath, walk-out basement, workshop, storage, and two-car garage.

The two-car garage is tucked underneath the parish house. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography
The parish house kitchen features a peninsula. – Paul Aquipel/Coastal Photography

The lot upon which both buildings sit is nearly a half acre.

Julie Gamble Smith of Engel & Völkers by the Sea in Beverly has the listing.

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