One of Hingham’s most iconic antique homes has hit the market.
The David Whiton house, boasting five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half baths, has undergone a number of updates since it was built in 1803, including a significant addition in 1930 by Hingham architect Charles Everett. In 1940, the home, located at 346 Main St., served a brief stint as a United Services Organization office and was used to hold dancers for soldiers, listing agent Susanna Hunt said.
The 5,200-square-foot home, listed for $2,885,000, now fuses its original Georgian Revival style with modern comforts.
It’s been meticulously maintained, so it really retains the charm of yesterday,” Hunt said. “But it has also been masterfully updated to today’s lifestyle, so you really get the best of both worlds.”
Two columns border an ornate doorway with intricate sidelights and a transom window. Straight off the foyer is the sunroom, where floor-to-ceiling windows capture the view of the lush yard.
The spacious living room lies to the right, with wood-burning fireplaces on opposite walls. This room is the main piece of the original David Whiton house, Hunt said, and the wide wood-plank flooring from the 1930s here has been preserved.
Going left off the foyer leads into the dining room, where wood is all the rage: the floors, the ceiling, and [in] the fireplace. A curved nook at one end of the space is dotted with windows, and a small room at the opposite end serves as a wet bar — with a wine rack, wine refrigerator, and plenty of shelf space for storing glasses and liquor.
A door off the dining room leads to the kitchen, where the home’s antique aesthetic takes on a more modern look, with stainless steel appliances, a snazzy tile backsplash, and concrete countertops. The kitchen island has a white marble counter, a sink, and room for seating and storage. There’s a cozy breakfast nook in the corner of the kitchen, which connects to the family room. The first floor is also home to a half bathroom, a small office space, a laundry room, and a tiled mudroom.
Upstairs, the primary suite has wall-to-wall carpet and features a walk-in closet and a dressing room with its own gas fireplace. There’s another fireplace in the bedroom itself, but the owners have never used it, Hunt said. The adjoining bath comes with radiant heating in the floor, a separate shower, and a tub. The seller also decorated the bathroom with columns from other parts of the house, Hunt said, helping retain the home’s antique charm.
The other four bedrooms – also located on this floor – are paired off, each connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. All have closets and wood floors.
The home’s prominent tower is lofted above this floor and offers bird’s-eye views of the property. The space could be used as an office or a reading room, Hunt suggested, describing it as “the most sunny, warm, inviting space.”
The finished basement includes recreation, craft, and music rooms, as well as utility and storage space.
The backyard is sprinkled with trees and flowering bushes and has two stone patios, including one with a fire pit. The home also has space for two cars in the attached garage.
Correction: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story gave the incorrect number of half baths and an erroneous description of the dressing room fireplace. The story was also updated to clarify that the current owner has not used the fireplace in the primary bedroom. Boston.com regrets the error.