|Location Salem, Massachusetts|
NRHP Reference # 78000481
Added to NRHP 8 February 1978
Designated CP October 18, 1983
Architectural style Federal architecture
|Part of Downtown Salem District (#83003969)|
Similar John Ward House, The Witch House, House of the Seven Gables, Bellingham‑Cary House, Franklin Castle
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The Joshua Ward House is a historic house at 148 Washington Street in Salem, Massachusetts. The three story Federal style brick house, built in 1784, is one of the first brick houses in Salem. Its interior woodwoork 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.
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. It was built on the same site as the former home of Sheriff George Corwin, famously associated with the Salem witch trials.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and included in the Downtown Salem District in 1983.
“George Washington slept here,” when he visited troops, on Oct. 29, 1789.
In 2015 it was turned into a hotel.
Botique Hotel(since 2015)
The Merchant is set in the heart of Salem's central historic district.