Salem Probate and Family Court


Located at 36 Federal Street in the heart of downtown Salem, the Salem Probate & Family Court (Salem PFC) building is an essential element of the City’s residential and civic historic district known as the Federal Street District. Historically known as the Registry of Deeds Courthouse, the original Court building was constructed in 1909. The primary goal of the Salem PFC renovation and addition project was to efficiently house the current and future needs of the Probate Court. The project approach comprised two key strategies: comprehensive, historic renovation and improvement of the 1909 building; and, construction of a new “rightsized” addition, replacing the existing, ill-suited one built in 1979.


Project Information

Location: Salem, MA

Completion: 2017

Contract Value: $41 million

Size: 75,000 SF

Type:  Historic Restoration / Addition

Owner: DCAMM

Designer: Perry Dean Rogers, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)

Awards and Honors:

- 2017 Preservation Award from the Salem Historical Society

- AGC Build New England 2017 Performance Award




The project achieved substantial completion in February 2017 and was received by the new occupants with much fanfare and appreciation.  All stakeholders have praised W.T. Rich for delivering the project with excellence, staying on budget minimizing the impact on the neighborhood and operational courthouse next door.

“I am sincere in calling the hard-working team at W.T. Rich my friends because that is what they have become over the course of this project.  We've overcome numerous obstacles along the way, and W.T. Rich has produced an amazing facility. Their attention to detail and the response to any issues that arose was first class. I was always treated with the utmost respect and my opinions as the end user were always heard and addressed. To this day, the warranty issues and punch list items were still a top priority for the W.T. Rich team and it is greatly appreciated. Now as the torch, so to speak, has been passed on to us at Facilities Management, we will proudly up-keep and maintain our new facility, our new home.”

Norman J. Eldredge, Facilities Supervisor 1
Facilities Management & Capital Planning
Essex County (Salem) Probate and Family Court