On the market: For $4.15 million, the Italianate mansion that housed the Brookline Elks Lodge

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The property has been an Elks lodge since the 1960s. Drone Home Media

A 19th-century Italianate property once owned by a railroad tycoon has hit the market in Brookline.

The expansive property (8,233 square feet, according to the listing agent) has served as a gathering place since the 1960s for the Brookline Elks, a fraternal organization. While a GoFundMe page was launched to assist the lodge after it had to close in March due to COVID-19, the property is now on the market for $4,150,000.

“It has all the potential in the world to be restored to a stunning single-family home or an income-producing property or a potential mixed-use residential/commercial building,” said Scott Goldsmith of Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, who represents the listing. “I call Brookline suburban living with an urban feel, with everything at your doorstep.” Roughly half the home, 4,004 square feet, is living space, according to the listing. The property also has a detached two-car garage.

An aerial view of the property. —Drone Home Media

The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System dates the property to 1851 and says it was built for Ginery Twichell, president of the Boston and Worcester Railroad and a Republican member of Congress. According to the New England Historical Society, Twichell rode on horseback through deep snow in 1846 to bring the news of the British elections from Boston to New York, completing the task four hours faster than his rival, who traveled by train and steamboat.

“From this house, he could look down the hill at the station for ‘his’ railway,” the records read, describing the home as a “lovely and unusual illustration of 19th-century Italianate architecture.” Twichell died there in 1883. He also owned the Ginery Twitchell House at 17 Kent St., but he called the 40 Kent St. location his personal home.

Today, the home needs significant rehabilitation, but it still features many intricate features from its heyday. Outside, it offers a spacious front porch under grand arches. Inside, the property still has many examples of its time as a gathering space for the community, such as the large barroom. There are two half bathrooms. Holding court at the top of the structure is a cupola overlooking the neighborhood.

The barroom. —Drone Home Media

Set on a 0.19-acre corner lot, the property features a flat, grassy yard adorned with mature trees. Listed as both a commercial and multifamily listing, the property is set on a peaceful parcel in the Brookline Village area. Just a block from the MBTA, its location is also close to Route 9.

“Buyers are to do their own due diligence in order to understand what is allowed there under local zoning codes,” the listing reads.

While the property needs a lot of work, it’s a prime opportunity for the right person, Goldsmith said. “It needs a big hug. If you’d love to live in or work and develop in Brookline, it’s a wonderful opportunity.”

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