High Street Cemetery
Whiting Memorial Chapel, 1905
The Whiting Memorial Chapel in the High Street Cemetery is an excellent example of a “before” project. The High Street Cemetery Board of Trustees is using a large sum of their own money and a grant from the Conservation Preservation Commission to restore this dusty, damaged, and neglected chapel to its once vibrant and lovely state.
The chapel was designed in the Gothic Revival style and is one of few stone buildings in Hingham. It was built with Weymouth seam faced granite with Indiana limestone trimmings, a copper roof, and double oak doors. The interior features oak paneled walls and pastoral stained glass windows of lilies, poppies, roses, grapes, and apples. Arched buttresses that support the roof form a delightful canopy for the pews. It has a capacity of 75 persons.
The Trustees plan to preserve the building and make it usable in the next year. Their goal is to make the chapel available to Hingham citizens for funerals, memorials, small weddings, lectures, meetings, and other uses. They also plan to restore the stained glass windows and the organ.
In 1905 Albert Turner Whiting erected the chapel in memory of his wife, Harriet Emma Whiting, and his parents, Albert and Sarah Fearing Whiting. Hingham resident and architect, J. Sumner Fowler, designed the chapel. He also designed the Ames Chapel in the Hingham Cemetery. Edward W. Bartlett, of Hingham, was the building contractor.
Albert Turner Whiting was a master builder in Boston’s South End, and one of a long line of carpenters in the Whiton family. He was also a descendant of Daniel Whiton who built the Whiton homestead, now the Scarlet Oak Restaurant, in 1757.
The High Street Cemetery Board of Trustees welcomes donations to further this project.