250 Main Ho­tel

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“When we got down to 68 em­ploy­ees, we were down to our core group, and we knew that if we lost any more it would be hard to come back,” Ly­man-Morse pres­i­dent Drew Ly­man said. With no new boat­build­ing projects on the hori­zon, Ly­man and his wife looked at turn­ing an old pet store on Rock­land’s Main Street — one Ly­man had fre­quented as a child — into res­i­den­tial units.

“There was garbage all over the base­ment,” Ly­man said, “but my wife and I wanted to con­vert the up­stairs spa­ces into lofts.” They brought the idea to Cabot Ly­man, Drew’s fa­ther and the founder of Ly­man-Morse, and he loved it. With no boats to be built, the yard’s crew could work on the build­ing to get through lean times.

Just as the Ly­mans were about to pro­ceed, the yard landed a new-build or­der for a 63-foot Farr Yacht de­sign. So, the boat­yard crew went to work on what would be­come Kiwi Spirit and the ho­tel con­struc­tion was turned over to a con­trac­tor.

In the end, the old build­ing had to be razed, but Ly­man-Morse em­ploy­ees did some of the steel­work and shower pans, and a siz­able chunk of the car­pen­try. 250 Main Ho­tel opened in 2016 with a bright, mod­ern dé­cor and hip at­mos­phere. The bou­tique ho­tel sports re­claimed and in­dus­trial dé­cor and most of the 26 rooms have water views.

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