Bowditch Preservation Fund
As owner of the landmark 18th-century Bowditch House, a National Historic Landmark and HSI’s North St. headquarters, we are facing our own renovation challenges—this year, the Bowditch House required a new roof including new chimneys, ventilation, and balustrade repairs, and exterior paint. We have walked the walk, at Bowditch, by installing a new period-appropriate cedar shingle roof and copper turbine vents which will provide longer durability and reduced environmental impact.
This comprehensive campaign will fund both our current renovations and a long-term capital fund for future building preservation and maintenance at the Bowditch House. Your help funding this capital fund will allow the organization to continue to focus on our efforts as stakeholders at the table when development threatens Salem’s identity and value as an exemplar of American history.
We have worked diligently to secure grant funds that are available for historic preservation projects like this and have received commitments for just over $100,000 in grants for the project. We are grateful to have this important preservation work recognized and funded in part by grantmakers: the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Salem’s Community Preservation Committee, and Preservation Massachusetts and the 1772 Foundation. But there is still more funding needed to complete the project underway and to help build the maintenance fund for the future. Thank you for considering a gift to support the final $50,000 needed to preservation of this important landmark.