Property

What we do

The Property Committee’s work encompasses three important aspects of our congregational experience:

  • Stewardship – we appreciate those that built this community.
  • Fellowship – we enjoy our opportunities to work together.
  • Service – we are the caretakers of our spiritual home.

The Committee’s work includes:

  • Arrange for routine maintenance & repairs.
  • Develop policies and provide oversight about the use of the church by members and outside groups.
  • Budget and approve expenses for utilities, supplies, and contracting for outside services.
  • Project planning and implementation.
  • Interface with neighbors, government, utilities, renters, and members.

Interested?

If you have an interest in caring for our building and grounds, we welcome participation of new committee members and FOPC (“Friends Of Property Committee”).

To contact the Property Committee, e-mail property_list [at] melroseuu [dot] org.

About our building

unit cong 1871According to the “History of Melrose” by Elbridge Henry Goss, the Unitarian Congregational Church was constructed on the corner of Myrtle and West Emerson Street and dedicated on May 1, 1872. In 1891 an addition was constructed to house the church school, ladies parlor, supper room, and kitchen.

A new church, designed by Boston architects Kilham, Hopkins and Greeley was constructed over the foundations of the original building in 1936. The brick front colonial revival structure features a brick tower entrance topped with an octagonal open steeple topped by a harp weathervane donated by member Errol Twitchel. On the interior the present bldgSanctuary has a vaulted ceiling with timber trusses, large windows and painted woodwork. The Parish Hall has 5 arched windows, and Doric columns supporting plaster arches. Adjacent to the Parish Hall is the Parlor and the Supper Room and kitchen on the lower level. In 1965 and addition was constructed to house the church school. Today the first floor of the addition includes church offices, the library, and the Melrose Montessori School on and the church school, nursery and supper room on the lower level.

Our building spaces are available for use by members and outside groups. Please contact our Church administrator for further information on availability and rates.

Activities

In addition to spring and fall building and grounds work parties we have a number of special projects that need skilled hands or managers to plan and implement the projects. Our project list is posted on the Property Committee section of the bulletin boards in Parish Hall. We always welcome new ideas and suggestions for our ongoing improvements. Current priority projects in development include:

  • church exteriorParish Hall lighting Phase 2
  • PV solar array
  • Attic retrofit insulation and air sealing
  • Attic storage cleanout
  • Gutter and drainage improvements
  • Various painting projects
  • Accessibility improvement
  • Parish Hall Kitchenette & storage improvements