All posts tagged #HistoricHouseCrush

Groundroot at John Ward House

Peeling back the layers

Exploring the dark and chilly rooms of PEM’s John Ward House is like going into a secret world where only a few lucky ones hold the key. As they peel …

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PEMcast 008.3: The Crushers

In this episode of the PEMcast we conclude our three part Historic House Crush series with a conversation with Karina Waters, who has taken her love of historic structures to the next level …

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A walking tour of PEM’s historic houses

I’m not an architecture enthusiast or an expert at historic house conservation. I’m also not from the area, so I don’t have a deep contextual understanding of Salem’s historic houses …

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PEMcast 008.2: Building Stories

In the last episode of the PEMcast, we explored an historic downtown Salem that almost wasn’t when the wrecking ball of urban renewal loomed over our little city in the …

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Crushing on historic houses

I didn’t grow up with fancy old architecture. I rarely saw it, out in the plains of South Dakota. As someone who came from a heritage where our homes, since …

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PEMcast: Episode 008.1

The same day that shortsighted city planners allowed New York’s Beaux-Arts style Penn Station to be demolished, the front page of the New York Times told of the impending demolition …

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Living like it’s 1684

During my years living in Salem, I’ve noted that houses painted black here often date back to the 17th century. It just seems to be the way — with the …

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Shell shocked

Eliza’s room faces East and overlooks a corner of the garden. In the morning the small bedroom catches and magnifies sunlight spectacularly. The dresser mirror, starched white bed linens and …

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History and anarchy

Why do historic house tours always include a table covered in the finest dishes and perfectly made beds? Why are they the quietest places on Earth, even though many, many …