In 1804, legendary Salem architect Samuel McIntire built the house for John Gardner Jr. and his wife Sarah. While McIntire is better-known for the gorgeous Chestnut Street district in Salem, this building is actually considered to be one of his masterpieces.
After enduring financial losses, the owners sold the house to Sarah’s brother. Shortly after that, captain Joseph White bought the house. Unfortunately, the Gardner-Pingree House would go on in 1830 to be the site of White’s gruesome murder.
Not long after the captain’s murder, the house transferred to David Pingree and it remained in his family until 1933. The family then donated the building to the Essex Institute, which still manages it (as the Peabody Essex Museum) today.
What’s Inside The Gardner-Pingree House
Considered a masterpiece of engineering and design, the house is another must see in Salem. The three-story ell is composed entirely of bricks, laid in Flemish bond, with a beautiful white marble trim.
Additionally, inside the house you’ll find lavishly-carved woodwork in the public spaces, and a warm atmosphere. The fireplace mantels, cornices and stairway balustrades also add a dash of elegance to this historic home.
Can I Tour the Gardner-Pingree House?
PEM offers tours of the Gardner-Pingree House along with the Yin Yu Tang house in a one hour and fifteen minute organized tour.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Monday: Closed (except holidays)
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.