Secret Rooms Project

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Secrets. . . . Not all of them belong under lock and key.

The House of the Seven Gables has a long-held secret we’re ready to share with the world!

The storied past of The House of the Seven Gables has something more to reveal within the original four walls of this venerable 1668 mansion. Two second-floor chambers (rooms) were partitioned off decades ago and later used for utilitarian purposes. Recent careful removal of the partitions and 18th-century flooring have revealed a large chamber and adjacent living space with original 17th-century wide pine floors, hand-forged nails and an exposed gunstock post.

We would like to restore these previously private and largely unknown spaces and open them to the public. These newly restored rooms will impart greater scope and meaning to the stories The House of the Seven Gables tells. Rarely does such a historic property yield such an exciting opportunity!

To turn this opportunity into a reality we need your help. Restoring these hidden-from-view spaces will involve a lot of tender loving care and require structural reinforcement of a summer beam (the main weight-bearing beam). The project is expected to cost $200,000. The good news is we have already raised over $120,000. We are looking to you to help us raise the balance and launch this exciting new chapter in our nation’s literary and cultural heritage.

To help us complete this project, please contact Karen Barter at 978-744-0991 x126. Your support is appreciated.


2 dates c 1910 or 1930






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This property, which is listed in the State Register of Historic Places, has received a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Chairman.

This project was funded in part by grants from:

     Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Essex National Heritage Commission


With in-kind support from:

SN_logo_new_651     Structures North Consulting Engineers, Inc.


The Gables is a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is fully deductable under the law.  No goods or services were exchanged for this donation.