Denniston House

Echoes of History: an Elegy for the Denniston House

The Bradley Memorial, the first African American church on the Vineyard, was demolished last week.

Commission Will Review Santander Bank Roof Work

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted unanimously Thursday to review the replacement of a Spanish tile roof on the historic Stone Bank in Vineyard Haven.

MVC Considers Demolition of Denniston House

A public hearing late last week saw strong support for tearing down the historic Oak Bluffs house.

Demolition Delayed for Denniston House

The Denniston House will remain standing for now, after a vote by the Oak Bluffs historical commission stalled a request to demolish the former African American church. The commission hopes to negotiate a compromise with the property owner.


Denniston House Sold at Discount

The historic Denniston House on Masonic avenue in Oak Bluffs was sold at a public foreclosure auction yesterday for $500,000 to a well-known Oak Bluffs architect, marking a final chapter in the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Fund’s troubled ownership of the property.

MVC Pursues Demolition Review

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission decided this week to move forward with a public hearing on the proposed demolition of the Denniston House in Oak Bluffs regardless of the timetable for other town committees.


Denniston House Demolition Blocked by Historic Commission

The Denniston house was issued a stay of execution this week as Oak Bluffs residents and officials railed at the prospect of losing a part of Island history.


Denniston Demolition Plan Draws Calls for Intervention

If the effort to save the Denniston House in Oak Bluffs was a thorny process, demolishing it may prove just as difficult. In a unanimous vote, the Oak Bluffs historical commission determined on Wednesday that the old house meets the definition of a historically significant building.

To Ease Sale, Housing Fund Asks to Raze Denniston House

Three years after the Island Affordable Housing Fund saved the historic Denniston House in Oak Bluffs from demolition, it is applying for a permit from the Oak Bluffs historic commission to raze the building.

NAACP Joins With Fund in Bid to Save First Church

Aiming to preserve the Denniston House, home to the Island’s first African-American church, the Island Affordable Housing Fund this week announced a partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP to raise the money needed to pay off the mortgage on the Bradley Square property in Oak Bluffs in the next six months.

T. Ewell Hopkins, executive director of the fund, said his organization owes about $700,000 on a note with the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. The property is located on the corner of Dukes County and Masonic avenues.