Joshua Ward House

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Joshua Ward House
Joshua Ward House in Salem MA.jpg
Joshua Ward House is located in Massachusetts
Joshua Ward House
Joshua Ward House is located in the United States
Joshua Ward House
Location148 Washington Street,
Salem, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°31′13″N 70°53′48″W / 42.52028°N 70.89667°W / 42.52028; -70.89667Coordinates: 42°31′13″N 70°53′48″W / 42.52028°N 70.89667°W / 42.52028; -70.89667
Architectural styleFederal
Part ofDowntown Salem District (ID83003969)
NRHP reference No.78000481[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 8, 1978
Designated CPOctober 18, 1983

The Joshua Ward House is a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts. The three-story Federal style brick house, built in 1784, is one of the first brick houses in Salem. Its interior woodwork was done by noted Salem builder and woodworker Samuel McIntire, including an original staircase that is the oldest surviving staircase created by him. George Washington is reported to have specifically requested staying in this house when he visited Salem in 1789.[2]

The building has an austere brick exterior laid in Flemish bond. Its four chimneys were damaged by storms in its early years, and again in the 1938 New England Hurricane. The house was used in the 19th century as a tavern.[2] It was built on the same site as the former home of Sheriff George Corwin, famously associated with the Salem witch trials.[3]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978,[1] and included in the Downtown Salem District in 1983.[2]

In 2015 it was turned into a hotel.[4]

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Media related to Joshua Ward House at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "MACRIS inventory record for Joshua Ward House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  3. ^ "For Sale in Salem: Warning, Possibly Haunted". Salem, Massachusetts Patch. 30 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Ward House in Salem to host chic hotel".