The Day – St. Mary’s Church puts Stonington Rectory up for sale for almost $ 2.5 million
Stonington – The Borough’s St. Mary’s Church has put its rectory up for sale for $ 2,490,000.
The over 4000 square foot home, located at 95 Main Street, is across from the church, which is part of the same parish as St. Michael’s Church in Pawcatuck and St. Thomas More Church in North Stonington.
Reverend Dennis Perkins, pastor of the church, explained on Tuesday that the parish finance board recommended the sale of the presbytery as it discussed how to manage the church’s resources to best fulfill its mission . Perkins, who said he agreed with the council’s assessment, said the plan is to use the proceeds from the eventual sale to replace St. Mary’s roof and elevator, creating a fund of foresight for future expenses and possibly create an endowment fund.
Perkins lives in St. Michael’s Rectory, where the parish offices of the three churches are located. He added that an advantage for the city and the borough is that once the rectory is sold, the two municipalities will derive annual property tax revenues from it. Religious institutions are tax exempt.
The parishes that make up the Diocese of Norwich, including St. Michael, are individual societies separate from the Diocese and their property therefore does not belong to the Diocese.
According to the property’s announcement, the house has 11 rooms, including four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with an independent garage for two cars. The house has three marble fireplaces and a dome on the fourth floor which offers views of the Borough and Stonington Harbor. Built in 1850, the house sits on an acre of land, which could potentially be subdivided.
Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties announces the rectory for sale.
“The elegant formal living room on the east side of the house features 10-foot ceilings with crown molding, floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble fireplace with a massive gold mirror above it, and beautiful original wood floors of medium width.” , indicates the list. “There is a large renovated kitchen-diner with a handicapped ramp leading to the back door.”