The owner of the one-time church turned school of English behind the Roslindale Village commuter-rail stop has sold it for $2.28 million to an academy based in the Longwood Medical Area that prepares bright but under-educated Boston eighth graders for high school.
The sale of the home of the Boston School for Modern Languages at 814 South St. to Beacon Academy was recorded last week at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.
The school, started in 1925, had long been based in the Back Bay. In 1972, Countess Ute DeMarco Von Haller, a German native who lived in Gloucester bought the school with her first husband. In 1984, she moved it to the former Our Church of the Saviour Episcopal Church in Roslindale, where students, some American, but more from overseas, learned English as it is spoken in the Middle Atlantic, rather than in its Boston or New York variants.
Von Haller died in 2011; the revocable trust that owned the building and sold it is based in Wenham.
The building's new owner, Beacon Academy, runs a 14-month-long "jump year" to help students bridge the gap between what they know in eighth grade and what they need to know to do well in high school.
Via Keep Roslindale Quirky.