FALMOUTH – In the 1850s, it took two days and 75 yoke of oxen to move this modified post-and-beam structure to its present site. It was first a schoolhouse, and then for about 140 years an Odd Fellows Hall, Presumpscot Lodge 91 IOOF.

Its more recent history is just as fascinating: Over several years beginning in 2009, the Hall was transformed into a private house, not that a glimpse up at the facade from the street would reveal this. The result is a stunning, architect-designed custom home that is energy-efficient (last year’s heating cost: $808) and versatile – the walkout lower level is primarily a huge woodworking shop whose unobstructed space is excellent for boatbuilding.

Thank the Fellows, whose 1970s rebuild put the Hall on a new foundation, for creating the lower level, which hosted their dances and other functions, and has two half-baths (one with laundry) and an unapplianced commercial-grade kitchen. Credit the Fellows, too, for faithfully preserving so many vintage features, from the hemlock and spruce flooring to the collection of late 19th century military headgear, and of course the belfry, where you can take a seat on a little bench and enjoy treetop views.

And credit the seller and architect Peter Wiles for adroit and imaginative reinvention of these spaces. The former billiards room is now the master suite, whose bath has both a charming clawfoot tub and a walk-in shower enclosure. The second bedroom, one wall of it lined with bookshelves, is served by another full bath.

The lofty former ceremonial lodge incorporates the kitchen – note its steel surfaces, and the antique window impression in the angle of the L-shaped island – sitting area with wood stove, dining area, and an open library built into the balcony stairs. Tall new windows ensure wonderful light, and the deck and porch add relaxing-and-entertaining space. A two-vehicle garage/boat barn has been added.

The home at 5 Checkerberry Lane, Falmouth, is listed for sale at $650,000 by Dave and Liz Fleury and Rita Armstrong of RE/MAX Heritage in Yarmouth. Taxes are $5,170. Please contact the team at 846-4300, ext. 115, 215 and 315, or at [email protected].


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