SALEM, MA: The Wood-Carver of Salem. Samuel McIntire His Life and Work. (Illustrated)
By Frank Cousins and Phil M. Riley. (Illustrated) 318p.
Originally published in 1916
Available in Hardcover and Softcover.
Samuel McIntire (January 16, 1757 – February 6, 1811) was an American architect and craftsman, best known for the Chestnut Street District (Salem,MA), a classic example of Federal style architecture.. Born in Salem, Massachusetts to housewright Joseph McIntire and Sarah (Ruck), he was a woodcarver by trade who grew into the practice of architecture.
In 1981, Salem created the Samuel McIntire Historic District. Containing 407 buildings, it is the city's largest and this district is the location of the largest collection of homes from this colonial period in all of America. Samuel McIntire's house and workshop was located on Summer Street, at the intersection of Chestnut Street where many grand mansions designed by Samuel McIntire display the profits of the Old China Trade. These streets display the roots of the Colonial history of the United States in what is now the Samuel McIntire Historic District, which is considered to represent the greatest concentration of 17th and 18th century domestic structures anywhere in America. It includes McIntire commissions such as the Peirce-Nichols House and Hamilton Hall. The Witch House or Jonathan Corwin House (circa 1642) is also located in the District. Samuel McIntire's house was located at 31 Summer Street in what is now the Samuel McIntire Historic District.