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A History of Service in an Urban Enclave
Saint Margaret’s Convent
Tucked out of view off a quiet side street, Saint Margaret’s Convent has been a spiritual epicenter for over a century. The city hums below, but at the top of Fort Hill, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Roxbury, the convent is quiet and serene. To quote the Boston Globe:
“Since the late 19th century, the Society of St. Margaret, an order of Episcopal nuns, has maintained a quiet but steady presence in Boston, nursing the sick, caring for the poor, and welcoming travelers in need of a quiet place to stay, all while keeping a rigorous schedule of prayer and silent contemplation.” Full Article The Sisters have decided to relocate their work to their retreat in Duxbury, where they are building a new eco-friendly center.
The Roxbury convent is being offered for sale and listed by LandVest.
Built around the c. 1840 home of Abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison, the Convent has been owned by the Society of Saint Margaret since 1904. The complex of buildings has been expanded over the years, most recently with a major expansion and renovation of the Main Building in the early 1990’s.
The Main Building is comprised of three interconnected buildings which contain a total of 33,550± square feet and features a commercial-grade kitchen, dining hall with an outdoor patio, 34 bedrooms, multiple common rooms for meetings, library, two chapels and a large balcony overlooking the Boston skyline. In addition, there is a separate 2,184± square foot heated Carriage House with a second floor apartment with two bedrooms, a full bath and a kitchen.
The improvements are sited on 1.65± acres, including 240± feet of frontage on Highland Park Street and 338± feet of frontage on Highland Street, and is surrounded by tall trees and quiet outdoor areas, including a lawn with a gazebo.
In a May 14 Boston Globe article by Lisa Wangsness, the Convent was described as being located in a “…tranquil neighborhood, a mix of brick row houses and clapboard multifamily homes, some with lush gardens and flowering trees. Though the grassy peak of Fort Hill lies just a few blocks from the rush of Columbus Avenue, on a recent morning, little could be heard but the wind and singing birds.”