One of our nine 2017 Preservation Awards Winners was 19 Nursery Street, also known as the William H. Hunt House. The detailed Queen Anne-style house at 19 Nursery Street was built and occupied by William H. Hunt, a popular Salem architect who was known for “designs furnished at short notice”. This 1896 house sits in a North Salem neighborhood where key historic details are being slowly lost. But not so at 19 Nursery.
Former owner Theodore (Teddy) Smith got lucky when he acquired this house for renovation in 2015. Behind a lifetime of debris from the previous owner, Teddy found original doors with original locks and knobs, original 5 ½” belly casing around the windows and 10” baseboards that he had stripped and repainted. He restored the banister and handrails, and the floors throughout the house needed only to have the carpet removed and be sanded and varnished to be brought back to their original glory.
Teddy replaced broken panes in a stained glass window and in the moon window in the attic. On the exterior, the new paint scheme highlights the dentil molding and other wooden details. 19 Nursery Street’s landscaping and the repair of the rear garage complete the project.
The work that Teddy did, inside and out, add one more well manicured house to the street, perhaps turning the tide for improved preservation initiatives in this neighborhood.
We celebrate this renovation with a Historic Salem Preservation Award, presented to Theodore Smith.