Downtown Salem Historic Survey Completed!

In 2018, the City completed an update of the Downtown Salem Historic Resource Survey. This project, funded in part with a grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, resulted in the completion of 140 new and updated inventory forms for historic buildings, objects and landscapes in the City's Urban Renewal Area. Each inventory form provides extensive historic and architectural information as well as current and historic photographs and maps. Individual forms are available for view at the Planning Department on the second floor of the new City Hall Annex at 98 Washington Street.  The forms can also be accessed online - please contact Patti Kelleher in the Planning Department at 978-619-5685 or for more information. 

The majority of Downtown Salem is under the jurisdiction of the Salem Redevelopment Authority (SRA) with a few buildings along the eastern edge also falling within the Washington Square local historic district. The updated survey forms will provide the Salem Historical Commission, the SRA and its Design Review Board with a more thorough historic and architectural context to inform their project and design reviews. Please see below for a brief overview of the project: