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Hooper-Hathaway House

Year built: 1682
Style: Jacobean/Post Medieval
Built for: Benjamin Hooper
Moved to current site: 1911

The Hooper-Hathaway House is a building that was rescued through the combined efforts of Caroline Emmerton and Historic New England. Miss Emmerton purchased the house in 1911 when it was threatened by demolition and moved it from Washington Street in Salem to its present location. Though the home was restored in the Colonial Revival style, it still retains a number of Jacobean details including an exterior overhang girt and specially preserved plaster treatments in the Great Hall.

The posts and beams in the Great Hall are an excellent example of early and unique decorative treatments. Builders spent time creating a cyma, or double curved profile, and added a scalloped fillet, or banding. The posts and beams are also a source of debate that is still being studied. There are four posts in this room and the carved shoulders do not quite match in height or design. This led to the belief in the early part of the last century that these beams were salvaged pieces from Governor Endicott’s original home. This belief is based on the knowledge that Hooper purchased part of Endicott’s land and then built his home upon it. Court records, however, do not readily point to this conclusion. In the future, a dendrochronology study will provide science-based evidence that will determine the age of the posts and beam.

One of the most unique features of the home is the nostalgic diamond pane windows which were designed and installed after the home’s move in 1911.