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Chestnut Street District

Chestnut Street District
Looking east on Chestnut Street in the fall
Chestnut Street District is located in Massachusetts
Chestnut Street District
Location Salem, Massachusetts
Built 1651
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Colonial, Federal
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP August 28, 1973

The Chestnut Street District is a historic district bounded roughly by Broad, Flint, Federal, and Summer Streets in Salem, Massachusetts. It is also known as the McIntyre Historic District that was created in 1981 and containing 407 buildings and is the city's largest district. This historic district is named after Samuel McIntire, a builder and woodworker who had a house and workshop at 31 Summer Street, and who designed and built a number of these houses, and others that display the profits made in the Old China Trade by Salem's merchants.

The McIntyre Historic District in Salem is named in honor of Samuel McIntyre, depicted in this 1786 painting by Benjamin Blyth

Saunders House

The first of the great brick Federal houses to be constructed was the Thomas Saunders House at number 39 Chestnut, built in 1805 and later remodeled by Arthur Little (1893). Saunders also built the famous McIntire-designed double house next door at numbers 41-43, in 1810, as a wedding present for his daughters Mary Elizabeth and Caroline, who married brothers Leverett and Nathaniel Saltonstall. Leverett Saltonstall I was Salem's first elected mayor.[2]

Hamilton Hall

Hamilton Hall is a National Historic Landmark at 9 Chestnut Street in Salem, Massachusetts. [1] Hamilton Hall was built in 1805 by Samuel McIntire and added separately to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1][3]

Ropes Mansion

The Colonial mansion located at 318 Essex Street. It is now operated by the Peabody Essex Museum and open to the public.

Stephen Phillips House

The Stephen Phillips House is located at 34 Chestnut Street. A classic car show is held every year[2] at the The Stephen Phillips House. The Phillips House is now owned and operated as a historic house museum by Historic New England and is open for public tours.

Pickering House

The Pickering House (Salem, Massachusetts) (circa 1651) is a Colonial house, owned and occupied by ten successive generations of the Pickering family including Colonel Timothy Pickering.[3] This house is believed to be the oldest house in the United States continuously occupied by one family. It is located at 18 Broad Street, Salem, Massachusetts and is open to the public under the auspices of the nonprofit Pickering Foundation.

The Witch House, Jonathan Corwin House

The Witch House (also called the Jonathan Corwin House), was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin [4] and is the only structure still standing in Salem, Massachusetts with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.[5]

The Salem Athenaeum

Essex Institute (now the Peabody Essex Museum), and with the proceeds constructed the building it currently occupies, at 337 Essex Street. Dedicated in 1907

Francis Cox House

The Francis Cox House was built in 1846 and is situated at the corner of Chestnut and Summer street.[4]

John Bertram Mansion

Salem - 1820

This High Style Italianate brick and brownstone mansion was built at 370 Essex Street in 1855 for Captain John Bertram[6] When Captain John Bertram died in March 1882, his widow donated their home ( The John Bertram Mansion ) and this became the Salem Public Library. [7] The Salem Public Library opened its doors on July 8, 1889.

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ [8] Chestnut Street
  3. ^ Hamilton Hall NHL listing info
  4. ^ [9] The Francis Cox House, built in 1846
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