Welcome to The Bridge at 211

Upcoming Events

Night of 1,000 Paint Strokes
with Painting Under the Influence ©

Light House Enjoy an evening painting with friends at The Bridge at 211! It doesn't matter if you’re a skilled painter or a first timer, you’ll be sure to relax, laugh and find your inner artist. As our inspiration, we’ll all paint a familiar Salem landscape. An artist from Painting Under the Influence© will guide you step by step in creating your own unique masterpiece while enjoying a cocktail, conversation and upbeat music.

So join us on Friday, September 8 at The Bridge from 7 to 9 p.m. You’ll have a great time and perhaps find a new hobby in the process!

Tickets (available through Brown Paper Tickets) cover all materials you’ll need and are $40.

Beer and wine (as well as water and San Pellegrino) will be available at our (cash only) bar.
Note venue is not fully accessible.

Neverland Theatre Presents (in our Dickson Room):

Disney’s Alladin
Kids' Version

Neverland Theatre’s special kids edition of Alladin will be sure to delight audiences young and old. The show is based on the classic Disney animated film and just over an hour long, just right for the little ones!

Friday, August 18 - 7:00 PM

Sat, August 19 - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, & 7:00 PM

Sun, August 20 - 2:00 PM & 5:30 PM

Details and Tickets: www.neverlandtheatre.com

A New Beginning...

Left to right: Mark Stevens, Anthony Keck, JD, Dale Tufts Yale, Kathryn Baptista, and Beth Toolan

Early on the morning of December 16, two boards met at the Registry of Deeds in Salem to record a momentous, bittersweet event: the conveying of the building at 211 Bridge Street from the First Universalist Society of Salem to the 211 Bridge Street Corporation. This represents the end of an era, but we're looking forward to and excited about what comes next for this 19th century landmark as it evolves into a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

A bit of history: Originally, the First Universalist Society of Salem was formally organized on December 24, 1805, 211 years ago. The building was supposed to be erected on land that had been donated on St. Peter Street, but it was considered too close to the prison. So that land was sold and the present land purchased for $1,500. The cornerstone to the building was laid in 1808 with the inscription on a silver plate: "August 17, 1808. This day the corner stone is placed by Brother Hosea Ballou of Vermont." The cost of the building itself was $16,742.

The First Universalist Society of Salem was incorporated by an act of the Mass General Court (legislature) on June 20, 1826, and the original deed to the building was filed the same day. The conveyance was the first time the ownership has been transferred.

The builder was Perley Putnam, who also built Salem’s Custom House in a similar Federal style.

Who are we?

We are a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century landmark.

We are repurposing a former church to offer programming that will entertain, engage and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage. We are a nonprofit organization providing a home to a number of community service groups, including The Salem Pantry.

Where to find us and parking

Our address is 211 Bridge Street, Salem, but the way to our front door is the courtyard entrance between 20 and 28 Federal Street. The most convenient parking is the municipal lot between Church and Federal Streets. Another option is the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street.

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