The Salem News | By Paul Leighton
December 1, 2016
IPSWICH — One of the town’s most prominent historic buildings will soon be turned into condominiums.
Construction has begun on the old Town Hall, the Greek Revival building at the corner of South Main and Elm streets that is also known as the former home of the Ipswich District Court.
The building has been empty since the district court moved out in 2004 (it’s now up in Newburyport) and had been the subject of a lawsuit by the town against its owner over its disrepair.
But the building was purchased in October by Beverly-based developer Jeff Holloran for $590,000 and is now being renovated. The project will include 11 condominium units and a commercial floor space.
“We’re excited about it and we’re pleased with the project,” Town Manager Robin Crosbie said. “Since it is sort of an icon as you come into town, it was really important to us that it be restored, and that its exterior historic character remain intact. It also brings more housing opportunity to a town where people struggle to find housing.”
The building was constructed by the Unitarian Church in 1833 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was sold to the town 10 years after it was built and was used as a town hall and later as a district court.