Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This week, the Sisters of St. Margaret presented theirplans for a new residence onHarden Hill Road to the Boardof Selectmen.On Monday night, archi-tect William Saltonstall of Sal-tonstall Architects of Marionexplained that the Sisters planto build a two-story, hip-roofed
residence hall that totals 9,500
square feet. It will containbedroom suites for nine nunsas well as the rooms a usualhouse would have – a livingroom and kitchen – but it willalso contain a chapel and meet-ing space.Also included in the base-ment are a library and workoutspace and there will be a three-car attached garage.The building will be lo-cated behind the town greenthat Duxbury bought from the
Sisters in 2001.
The Sisters of St. Marga-ret is an order of Episcopalnuns. They are preparing tomake Duxbury their perma-nent home, after deciding tosell their convent on Fort Hillin Roxbury. The Sisters haveowned the property at the cor-ner of Washington Street and
Harden Hill Road since 1903.It contains ve buildings in
-cluding the Bertram Hallconference center, a chapel, aboathouse and a farmhouse.Saltonstall said he has de-signed a sustainable, energy
efcient building that will be
easy for the nuns to maintain.The new residence is in keep-ing with the other buildingson the property and has been
designed to t with the charac
-ter of the neighborhood, Sal-tonstall said, adding that it hasbeen located on the property totake advantage of solar heatingand views of the bay. The Sis-ters also hope to avoid remov-ing mature trees as much asthey can during construction.“I’ve come to think of thisas a new house for a big happyfamily,” Saltonstall said.Saltonstall said he was veryaware of the issue of trying tokeep the scale of the buildingappropriate to the neighbor-hood so he designed the facil-ity in a way that anyone look-ing at the building from anydirection will only “perceive acertain amount of the mass” atone time.“It is meant to feel like a
residential structure that ts
comfortably within the con-text of the Duxbury neighbor-hood,” he said.Selectmen ChairmanShawn Dahlen said: “It cer-tainly looks in character withDuxbury.”
Once plans are nalized,
the Sisters could break groundon their new home this sum-mer. They are also planningto renovate and upgrade theBertram Conference Center,which turns 100 next year.
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IN OTHER BUSINESS, SELECTMEN:
• Voted unanimously to elect Shawn Dahlen as their chairman for a
second year. Newly-elected selectman Ted Flynn made the motionto elect Dahlen, saying that Dahlen had done a good job as chair-man this past year and that since he worked locally that gave himan advantage that neither Selectman Chris Donato or Flynn have,as both work in Boston. Donato was elected vice-chairman andFlynn was elected as clerk.
• Endorsed the idea of a town trash pick-up day on Saturday, May
7. Summer Street resident Mary Gazzola said that she is con-cerned about the “horrible” trash problem along Duxbury streetsso she and resident Joanne Murphy are asking all residents to pickup trash in their neighborhoods during the one-day Duxbury LitterSweep. Gazzola said the town DPW will give them trash bags andarrange for trucks to pick up the rubbish. Town Manager RichardMacDonald pledged the town’s support of the litter control effort.
• Were alerted by MacDonald that sludge disks from the Hooksett
sewer treatment plant in New Hampshire have been seen as farsouth as Cape Cod. Residents are warned not to touch the 2”diameter disks but to call police or the harbormaster if they seesome on any of Duxbury’s shores.
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Sisters of St. Margaret look to revamp residence
Architect WilliamSaltonstall shows thedesign for a plannedepansion of the sis-ters’ eisting residence(plans at right) near theTown Green.
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