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April 6, 2022

Preservation Worcester to buy Salisbury House in HQ expansion

Photo | Google Maps The Salisbury House is located across from the Little Theatre, which is at the rear of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium, on Harvard Street.

Preservation Worcester, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving Worcester buildings, is selling its headquarters on Cedar Street and moving to the historic Salisbury House at 61 Harvard St.

“The move will position the organization in one of Worcester’s most architecturally significant structures, afford the organization a prominent location in close proximity to other cultural organizations, and enable it to restore one of Worcester’s most important homes,” the organization wrote in a Wednesday press release announcing the move.

The Salisbury House is located between the Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Memorial Auditorium, and would be positioned within the Salisbury Cultural District, which was established in 2015. The former home was built by Worcester architect Elias Carter 186 years ago.

While its facade has suffered, the interior is in good condition, Preservation Worcester said in its release. The organization plans to restore the building, and has a committee which has been developing the preservation project for two years. 

The Salisbury House is owned by Aoude Realty LLC, which is registered to Farid Aoude and Marie McLoughlin-Aoude of Worcester, according to the Worcester South District Registry of Deeds. The pair have owned the property since 2003 when they bought it for $900,000. It is assessed at nearly $1.7 million by the City of Worcester.

Preservation Worcester’s old headquarters at 10 Cedar St. is valued at $366,900, although a deed is not available for its most recent sale. The organization has owned the property since at least 1996, according to the assessors’ database. 

The Salisbury House is about 13,800 square feet, offering 10,000 more square feet than Preservation Worcester’s former space.

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