Every few months, the City of Salem's Historic Preservation Officer, Kimberli Fitzgerald, joins us to report on local preservation projects and happenings. This time, Kimberli's report had an international component that reminds us that our local history connects us here as well as around the globe.
In the photo above, the Gray-Belle Restaurant, c1890, at 440 State Street is pictured. This building had a facade restoration in 2012 to restore its historic profile. Contractors discovered a second-floor apartment stuck in the 1940s-50s when access had been apparently closed in a subsequent renovation. The redevelopment proposal the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) is set to review (HIS18-11) would once again provide access to the second floor.