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PEM to sell building at 24 Charter Street

Released December 16, 2021

SALEM, MA — The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will list its property at 24 Charter Street for sale on December 16, 2021. The property, known as the Gilbert Chadwick House, will be sold with an historical easement to ensure that the unique historic character of its exterior is preserved. Proceeds of the sale will support the improvement and continued activation of PEM’s historic campus.

“The Gilbert-Chadwick House is a component of PEM’s campus that, unfortunately, is not ideal for museum historic house interpretation. It does, however, hold great potential to become a handsome, functional single family or duplex home in downtown Salem,” said Bob Monk, PEM’s Interim Chief Operating Officer. “It is our hope that the sale of this structure can help address Salem’s housing shortage and add vibrancy to the Charter Street neighborhood.”

The Gilbert Chadwick house, built about 1820, is a three-story brick townhouse in the late Federal style with some late 19th-century updates. The property, which is approximately 3,300 square feet and currently arranged as three apartment units, will be offered for sale by Dan Fox of Merry Fox Realty with a listing price of $600,000.

Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming, and community and virtual events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present, and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, with superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, fashion and design, photography, and African, Asian, contemporary, maritime, Native American, and Oceanic art, as well as one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. PEM's campus offers a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-two noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS: Open Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays 10 am–5 pm, and Fridays 10 am–7 pm. ADMISSION: Adults $20; seniors $18; students $12. Members, youth 16 and under, and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission. INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit

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