41-43 High St. - Herman Abbot Jr. House

Architectural Description: 

Greek Revival - Italianate
granite windowsills; elaborate brickwork and front porch

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: architectural; community development

This Victorian brick house is similar in style to the former Punchard - Barnard house at 8 High Street built in 1848 and the first Punchard High School built in 1856. Gable end to the street, as the Greek and Gothic styles of the same period, the details were exuberant in the craftsmanship of the brickwork. Quoining on the corners of the house, railings on the porch roof and bay window and the delicate porch columns make this early Victorian home a standout on the street. Every effort has been taken to replicate the original look of the house in style and materials during its ongoing restoration.
Originally owned by Herman Abbot Jr. who operated a furniture business on the site of Memorial Hall Library, the property was sold to Orlando S. Morse in August 1855. Mr. Morse was a contractor who opened a nursery on his 2 acre lot and built a greenhouse in 1858. He advertised fruit trees in the local paper of the period. George R. Waterman and his wife Lucretia acquired the home in 1874. Mr. Waterman worked for the Pacific Mills in Lawrence. The property was subdivided during their ownership.

Bibliography/References: 

Owners;
Herman Abbot Jr.
Orlando S. Morse - Aug. 23, 1855 -b. 518 lf. 64-65 Salem Deeds
Margaret Morse widow O. Morse died Oct. 19, 1869
Moses Foster, Exec. - Dec. 7, 1869 Probate Morse estate - Two acres with brick dwelling house and other buildings
John L. Smith -June 3, 1870 - b. 5 p. 33-34 Lawrence deeds, Pd $5625 at auction
Albert P. Ware - April 28, 1871 b. 10 p. 217 - $7000
George R. Waterman - June 3, 1874 b. 29 p. 7 - $8000
Pacific Mills of Lawrence - Sept. 26, 1877 -b. 48 p. 420
Lucretia R. Waterman - Nov. 24, 1877 - b. 49 p. 266
Wife of George, portion of property paid $3150
James S. & Sarah E. Dennison -Jun. 14, 1893
b. 126 p.180
Harry S. Wright - Nov. 7, 1899 - b. 173 p. 494
Andover Savings Bank - April 9, 1909 - b. 271 p. 170 mtg.
Albert F. King Jr. - July 5, 1913 b. 333 p. 16
Anna B. Wright - July 5, 1913 b. 333 p. 17
Jennie May Hall - Oct. 15, 1919 b. 410 p. 262
Died 1/19/1954
Hall Estate, heirs - Jan. 19, 1954 - by will probate
Helene H. King, Frances M. Graham, Ruth Hall Graham
James & Janet G. Gerraughty & Mar. 14, 1955 b. 814 p. 40
Anna M. Gillen
Bruce & Ann F. Patterson - Nov. 24, 1975 b. 1274 p. 83
Ann F. Patterson - Mar. 10, 1989 b. 2898 p. 81
Ann Fessler Patterson estate - Sept. 20, 2007 b. 10917 p. 234
Eric D. Patterson Administrator
Minh Thanh Huynh & Huong Phan Feb. 24, 2004 b. 8587 p. 107

Andover Advertiser - April 3, 1858 – Fruit Trees – O. S. Morse – at nursery on High Street.
July 24, 1858 – Orlando S. Morse – building a greenhouse at his residence on High Street. long article.

Inventory Data:

StreetHigh St
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameHerman Abbot Jr. House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence & nursary
Construction Datecirca 1850
SourceAndover Bldg. Survey
Architectural StyleItalianate
Architect/BuilderHerman Abbot Jr.
Foundationstone & granite
Wall/Trimbrick, wood trim
Roofasphalt
Outbuildings / Secondary Structurescarriage house/barn
Major AlterationsExterior Restoration in 2011, original front porch design recreated by the owners. Preservation Award 2011
Conditionexcellent
Settingresidential
Map and parcelNONE
MHC NumberANV.246
Recorded byStack/Mofford; James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, updated 12/2013

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