58 Cottage Street
Cyrus T. Clark House, 1845
For the sum of four-hundred dollars, Mrs. Betsy B. Perkins of Boston purchased a “certain parcel of land on Cottage St. in said Hingham” in March of 1873 from Samuel Eastbrook of Hingham and Kimball Eastbrook of Chelsea, “trustees and executors of the last will of Kimball Eastbrook late of Chelsea”. In just a year, she turned that purchase into a near $8,000.00 profit when she sold the parcel to William S. Rand. Rand was a powerhouse building contractor who sold exquisite homes such as 114 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and unloaded blocks of estates on Columbus Avenue in the late 19th century. A few short months following, a deed dated 12 January 1876 passed between Rand and Hannah W. Clark, wife of Cyrus T. Clark of 69 Worcester St., Boston for the Cottage Street parcel. The deed reports the “buildings thereon” for the first time in the registry trail. It is reasonable to believe that Rand built the house and the Clarks were the first to inhabit it. The Hingham Journal reported the Clarks remained on Worcester St. in the off season while occupying the Hingham residence during the summer months. Clark made a living initially as a house painter and decorator out of an office in Boston. He added hardwood finishing to his services offered when he moved to 45 Wareham St. in Boston. 58 Cottage Street incorporates design elements characteristic of Italianate Victorian Architecture, including pointed window pediments with molded caps, angled bow windows, hip roof with cornice and brackets, inset wooden panels, tall first floor windows and loggias. The home’s current renovations boast a chef’s dream kitchen, a butler’s pantry, an outdoor entertaining area, and wine cellar.