30 Church St., Timothy Mahanna House – c. 1856

30 Church St

Based on Surveys Completed 2011-2012 by the Lenox Historical Commission


This Gothic Revival style wood frame building has two stories, an asphalt shingle roof and has been significantly altered.

A modest gable front-and-wing house typical to those built in Lenox in the second half of the 19th century displays a cross-gable roof w/scroll sawn or incised verge board in geometric design, wood clapboard siding, a full front porch w/shed roof, recessed side ell, a box bay window w/paired windows, hipped roof, scroll sawn brackets on 2nd floor front façade and hipped window hoods.


This is the earliest of the trio of Mahanna houses built on Church Street (the other two are located at 56 Church and 62 Church).

Timothy Mahanna (spelled Mahanny in the early records) and his wife Bridget (nee Norman) were among the first Irish immigrants who settled in Lenox in the 1840’s. Bridget was involved in the formation of the Catholic parish in Lenox. In 1846 she opened her home to Father Brady who said Mass there on an informal basis for several years.

The Mahanna’s seem to have lived at several addresses before they purchased the lot in 1856 and built this home. The house remained in the Mahanna family though the 19thth century and eventually come into the ownership of William Mahanna.

William Mahanna also owned the adjacent properties as well as numerous buildings in Lenox.

In 2007 the property was purchased by Lenox Acquisitions LLC – Shire Town Condominium



Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds, Pittsfield, MA Book 148 Page 70

Lenox Assessor’s database 2011

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