45 Lincoln Street is rich in history and represents a classic New England Cape Cod-style house.
Stephen Lincoln, a Hingham carpenter, first bought the property in 1680. The Lincolns used it only as farmland for the next 77 years until Job Lincoln married Mercy Hersey and built this home in 1757. It stayed in the Lincoln family until 1818 when Lincoln Barnes, master mariner, purchased it. After his strange and untimely death at 34, it went to his wife and young daughters. One of his daughters, Abigail, married John Todd, a prosperous merchant and tailor in Hingham. Abigail and John bought her sister’s half of the house.
Todd started his business at Broad Bridge in 1833 as a young man and worked for over sixty years. He made uniforms for our soldiers during the Civil war and according to the Hingham Journal the soldiers “found no more patriotic spirit [than his] to bid them God-speed or to welcome them home.”
Julia Buttimer acquired the property in 1903. In the early part of her ownership, 1904 -1906, the Goudys lived in half of the house. Bertha and Frederic W. Goudy, famous type designers, were the most well known residents of 45 Lincoln Street. They founded The Village Press and published The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering. The Goudys were attracted to Hingham by the town’s flourishing Arts and Crafts Society.
“Cape” houses were the most common dwelling built in Hingham well into the 1830s. Most were originally built around a large central chimney containing three fireplaces. They were set on a low stone foundation with a story and a half under a ridge roof. Low ceilings and sash windows framing the large central doorway were also characteristic.
What makes capes fascinating are the varieties of different additions and features that are added over the centuries: note the brick arch chimney and two front dormers on the second floor, and additions on the south side and rear of the house. The current owners have worked to preserve the integrity of the home, often re-using old materials from the house to reconfigure existing floor plans. They have removed the back wall of the left front room and added an open stairway. After converting an attic into a bedroom, they used old wood to create a unique desk for their three daughters. In addition they have raised the ceilings in the family room and screened porch, however, they have decided not to change anything in the Goudy Room.
From the kitchen, family room, and porch are sweeping views of the backyard and gardens. This truly is a delightful home and will be enjoyed by the visitors to the Hingham House Tour.
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