19 William Street

Architectural Description: 

NRDIS NRDIS, Tudor Revival style but modified form with no exterior timber boarding.

Historical Narrative: 

William Street was originally named Warwick Street when Shawsheen Village was laid out. The name was changed by a vote at Andover Town Meeting in March 1923 in memory of William M. Wood Jr., son of William M. & Ellen (Ayer) Wood, who died in an automobile accident on Aug. 15, 1922.

This home was built as part of the Shawsheen Village development 1918 – 1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company Wood hired about eight different architects to design the homes and structures for the village. Homes were sold or rented through the Homestead Association who had offices in the Post Office building on the corner of North Main & Poor Streets.

After the death of William M. Wood in Feb. 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings were then sold. Some were held by the Wood family in the "Arden Trust" and others with the American Woolen Company, which had been deeded the property in December 1920. The A.W.Co. Board of Directors authorized its President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty for sale on Dec. 29, 1931.

The Textile Realty then transferred ownership to the Andover Shawsheen Realty Company on June 30, 1932, holding the mortgage on the properties. T. Edwin Andrew, treasurer, was authorized to sell or rent the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.

The first occupants of record to lease the home in 1923 were Mosley Paul Rice & his wife Elizabeth Rice. Known as Paul, he was a wool buyer for the American Woolen Co. in the Boston office. Tragically, Paul Rice was the only survivor of the automobile accident that took the lives of William M. Wood Jr. and David Alexander Gardner in Reading, MA on Aug. 15, 1922. Paul was riding in the back seat of the Rolls Royce sedan driven by Billy Wood Jr. and was thrown from the car.

Paul continued his employment with the company and lived in Shawsheen Village for many years. He was involved with establishing Boy Scouts in Andover and became the first Scoutmaster of the Troop in Shawsheen.

This house was sold to James R. & Lila W. Baldwin on Oct. 18, 1933. James Baldwin was a civil engineer working in Lawrence, MA. The Baldwin family owned the home for 31 years then selling to Robert M. & Sandra I. Milestone - Nov. 24, 1964. Milestone family had the home for 38 years.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#879 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company - lot 29

Owners;
American Woolen Company - Dec. 30, 1920 - b. 435 p. 215
Textile Realty Company - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 351
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 - parcel
James R. & Lila W. Baldwin - Oct. 18, 1933 - b. 572 p. 409
James R. Baldwin estate, Lila W. Baldwin, heir - James d. 2/4/1957
Robert M. & Sandra I. Milestone - Nov. 24, 1964 - b. 1023 p. 274
Sandra I. Milestone - Apr. 9, 1969 - b. 1128 p. 140
Sandra I. Milestone - Aug. 16, 2000 - b. 5838 p. 81
William Street Realty Trust, Sandra I. Milestone - Aug. 16, 2000 - b. 5838 p. 77
David Manouchehr S. & Sarah Elizabeth Shirazi - Nov. 21, 2002 - b. 7373 p. 93
Shirazi Realty Trust - Dec. 7, 2006 - b. 10529 p. 17

Inventory Data:

StreetWilliam St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameJames & Lila Baldwin House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1920 - 1922
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleTudor Revival
Architect/BuilderClifford Allbright
Foundationstone and brick
Wall/Trimbrick veneer/wood
Roofgable - slate
Conditionexcellent
Acreage0.240 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel52-120
MHC NumberANV.1408
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered6/21/2015

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