Gardner-Pingree House

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Gardner-Pingree House
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Gardner-Pingree House is located in Massachusetts
Gardner-Pingree House
Location Salem, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′21″N 70°53′31″W / 42.52250°N 70.89194°W / 42.52250; -70.89194Coordinates: 42°31′21″N 70°53′31″W / 42.52250°N 70.89194°W / 42.52250; -70.89194
Built 1804
Architect McIntire,Samuel
Architectural style Other, Federal
Governing body Private
Part of Essex Institute Historic District (#72000147)
Salem Common Historic District (#76000303)
NRHP Reference # 70000541[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 30, 1970
Designated CP June 22, 1972
May 12, 1976

The Gardner-Pingree House is a National Historic Landmark at 128 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

The house was built in 1804 by Samuel McIntire in a Federal style for John and Sarah (West) Gardner. John bought the lot from his father (John Gardner, Sr) whose cousin (John Gardner III) was the grandfather of John Lowell Gardner I. John and Sarah sold the house to her brother, Nathaniel West, to cover shipping losses related to events leading up to the War of 1812. The house was sold, in 1814, to Capt. Joseph White. David Pingree bought the house in 1834.[2]

The house is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum as part of the Essex Institute, and is open for guided tours. It features 18th and early 19th century furnishings.

The house was the site of the notorious 1830 murder of Capt. Joseph White,[3] whose death prompted a famous trial prosecuted by Daniel Webster. The trial inspired Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The house was one of the filming locations for the 1979 Merchant Ivory film adaptation of Henry James' novel The Europeans.[4]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970,[1][5] and is a contributing property to both the Essex Institute Historic District and the Salem Common Historic District.

See also[edit]

Salem - 1820


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Thomas Gardner Society blog [2011] Gardner-Pingree house (and murder) (via
  3. ^ A Murder in Salem
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  5. ^ NPS NHL listing information

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