Local resident wins bid for Everett School building, beats HGTV show bid

May 11, 2022

The old Everett School building on Gibbs Avenue  was finally auctioned off on Wednesday, as residents – and a crew from a new HGTV show – made their bids for the historic building.

Marion resident Scott Robertson Jr. won the auction with a bid of $520,000, though additional assessment fees bring the total price a little higher. 

Also bidding Wednesday afternoon were Massachusetts couple Mike Lemieux and Jenn Macdonald, two stars of the HGTV show “Houses with History.” According to HGTV’s website, the show follows the couple and carpenter Rich Soares as they explore historic homes around Plymouth with an eye for preservation and renovation. 

Lemieux and Macdonald said the episode involving Wareham may run sometime in early 2023.

The school, built in 1918, has served as a high school, kindergarten, alternative school and, most recently, office space. It’s been empty in recent years, although the property was repaired using grant funds received in 2015.

It sits on roughly two acres of land and is within sight of the town green. The building contains 2,716 of finished area, including offices, conference rooms, a training area and two bathrooms. The second floor contains an additional 1,842 square feet of unfinished space.

Robertson, who won the auction, said he used to live in Wareham and actually attended kindergarten in the old Everett School.

He doesn’t have any specific plans for what to do with the property, Robertson said, and he plans to work with an engineer to assess what the property could be used for. Robertson said one possibility may be housing, which there’s a demand for in Wareham.