Nathaniel Bowditch House

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Nathaniel Bowditch House
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Nathaniel Bowditch House is located in Massachusetts
Nathaniel Bowditch House
Location 9 North St.
Salem, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′18.3″N 70°53′55.9″W / 42.521750°N 70.898861°W / 42.521750; -70.898861Coordinates: 42°31′18.3″N 70°53′55.9″W / 42.521750°N 70.898861°W / 42.521750; -70.898861
Built 1811
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000135
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 12, 1965[2]

The Nathaniel Bowditch House (circa 1805), sometimes called by Bowditch-Osgood House or Nathaniel Bowditch Home, is a historic house located at 9 North Street in Salem, Massachusetts. It was once the home of Nathaniel Bowditch, the founder of modern navigation, and is now a National Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It currently serves as the headquarters of Historic Salem, Inc.

The Bowditch House is significant both architecturally and historically. It is a three-story, low-hipped, clapboarded house in the Federal style, with a recessed front doorway (added circa 1825) and a recently restored roof balustrade, originally built for the Corwin family, famous for their part in the Salem Witch Trials. It was owned by Bowditch from 1811 to 1823. Subsequent owners included the Massachusetts General Hospital and Joseph B. F. Osgood, a Salem lawyer, judge, and mayor.

The house was originally located at 312 Essex Street, but in 1944 was moved to its current site and restored (along with the adjacent Corwin "Witch House") when street widening threatened the house.

The Nathaniel Bowditch House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][3]

See also[edit]

Nathaniel Bowditch
Salem - 1820


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Nathaniel Bowditch House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ Polly M. Rettig and S. Sydney Bradford (December 23, 1974) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Nathaniel Bowditch House, National Park Service and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1963 and 1974
  • Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., Architecture in Salem: An Illustrated Guide, University Press of New England, Hanover and London, reissued 2004.

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