New England Architecture in Salem, Mass.

September 12th, 2016 | Boston Interior Design Community

Come fall in New England, one of the most frequented places in the region is Salem, Massachusetts. The draw is, of course, the infamous witch trials that took place there centuries ago, and the many museums and tours that go along with it.

While we definitely consider a trip to Salem one of the top things to do during the fall, we love the town for more than just its storied past. The city is also one of the best places to see examples of a wide variety of classic New England architecture. If you’re a fan of historic homes and colonial neighborhoods, check out these spots.


The House of Seven Gables
Perhaps one of the most famous houses in Salem, also known as the Capt. John Turner House, was built in 1668. Its primitive structure is typical of the earliest homes built in the country, but features greater detail and flourish than most, which is indicative of the wealth of its builder, merchant Captain John Turner. The home is also the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book of the same name.


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The Jonathan Corwin House
Nearly as old as The House of Seven Gables,  The Jonathan Corwin house, also known as The Witch House, was built in 1675. It’s now Salem’s only standing residential site related to the Salem Witch Trials. 

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The Derby House
This classic Georgian-style home was built during the height of the style in 1762. It was built by wealthy fisherman Richard Derby for his son Elias Hasket Derby, who would later become America’s first millionaire. The home is now a Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

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The Peirce-Nichols House
This home, aptly situated on
Federal Street, was built in 1782 but later remodeled in 1810 by notable Salem architect Samuel McIntire. 


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Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street is an architecture lover’s dream, lined with quintessential historic Federal and Georgian style homes that only get more beautiful when surrounded by fall leaves.

For more on New England Architecture, check out: Which New England Home Style Are You? and A Historic Boston Brownstone Gets a Contemporary Kitchen Upgrade.


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