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Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style

On view October 13, 2007

Located in the: Online Interactive

Samuel McIntire (1757–1811) was one of America’s most versatile artists during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when the young nation explored new intersections among ideas, concepts, and cultures to create the foundation of its artistic traditions. Recognized as the architect who transformed his birthplace, Salem, Massachusetts, into the epitome of an elegant American town, after 1795 he also gained prominence as a wood carver. The original design vocabulary that he developed from confident and ambitious experimentation produced one of the first significant carving traditions in the new nation.

Take an interactive journey through historic Salem, Massachusetts to visit the distinctive buildings designed by Samuel McIntire. An 1820’s map will be your guide to explore private and public buildings, architectural drawings, elaborate interior carvings and furniture, all part of this unique tour.