Crombie Street Church, 7 Crombie St., Salem

This Federal-Greek Revival building was originally constructed to house a theatre in 1827-28. The theatre was unsuccessful, however, and ceased its existence in 1830. In 1832 the building was purchased by a group of dissenting parishioners from the Howard Street Church who called themselves the New Congregational Church and later the Crombie Street Church. The church was rebuilt after a fire damaged the interior in 1934, but the exterior remains almost unchanged.
(courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum; special thanks to Bryant F. Tolles, Jr.) close window