George Whitefield Martin House (1800)

The house at 102 Federal Street in Salem was built in 1800 for George Whitefield Martin (1771-1810). A cabinetmaker, Martin was born in Marblehead and worked in Concord, New Hampshire from 1794 to 1796. In 1797, he married Sally Bullock and moved to Salem, acquiring land for his home and shop on Federal Street through his wife’s family. In more recent times, the house was converted into three condominiums. The house’s owners caused a stir in the neighborhood when they painted the house a reddish-orange color called “Clementine” (manufactured by California Paints), which contrasts with the more muted hues of neighboring houses on Federal Street. Although Clementine is a historic color developed by Historic New England and approved by the Salem Historical Commission, some neighbors sued the condo owners in 2003, complaining about the orange glow from the house! The house still retains the Clementine paint.

2 Responses to George Whitefield Martin House (1800)

  1. Donna Seger says:

    Though the clementine paint was indeed a HNE/California Paints historic color, it was deemed appropriate for VICTORIAN houses (“painted ladies”) not houses built in 1800. It did indeed cast a very bright glow next door, and even down the street!

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