68 Central Street

Architectural Description: 

NRDIS NRMRA

Exterior chimney added and porch now enclosed

Historical Narrative: 

This home was built for Mrs. Anna Foster on land conveyed to her by Daniel Abbott in 1870. The home is built in the style called French Second Empire popular from 1855-1885. The mansard roof is the defining characteristic of the period style and many older Andover homes had their roofs converted to this high style look, most notably the America House on Main Street. The roof provided for an additional full story above the second floor but was taxed at a lower rate as it was still considered attic or garret space.
The former side rear addition was completely gutted and replaced during the Christine & Curt Von Brawn ownership 2004-2010 with the sympathetic addition that mimics the original look of the house. The entire house and garage were also renovated and restored during construction and updated for 21st Century living.

Samuel & Constance Fuller acquired the property in 1901 and the Fuller family remained the owners for 63 years before selling in 1964.

Francis Foster, Civil Engineer, listed resident in 1889 Directory of Andover. (Same as owner of Ballard-Foster House #96)

"I Take a Walk with My Memory" By F. Tyler Carlton, May 1961 (excerpt)
F. Tyler Carlton – 1904 - 1968 - b. 1904 d. August 14, 1968 age 64. F. Tyler Carlton, grew up at 67 Central Street, was a native of Andover,
Number 68 was Dr. Fuller's place. Yes, I remember the doctor but the one who leaves an impression was Mrs. Fuller. I recall her, even in her eighties and nineties, starting out for church or downtown, often for the mailbox at the corner of Phillips Street, with a firm, purposeful step. She lived to within three months of one hundred years. Her son, Sam, gave the carillon tower on the hill. Her grandsons Lester, Greenough, and Jimmy were my playmates when they visited their grandmother.

1884 map Mrs. Foster
1885 directory "Mrs. Annie M. Foster at 51 Central

Bibliography/References: 

Daniel P. Abbott - land
Mrs. Anna M. Foster - Nov. 9, 1872 - b. 188 p. 597 land pd. $1750
Samuel Lester Fuller - Oct. 1, 1901 - b. 188 p. 506
Constance G. Fuller - May 21, 1906 - b. 231 p. 91
James R. & Josephine B. Fuller - Nov. 2, 1907 - b. 255 p. 162
Samuel L. & Constance G. Fuller - Sept. 11, 1929 - b. 548 p. 313
Julie P. Fuller -Jan. 16, 1952 - b. 759 p. 409
Arlie S. & Constance F. Huff - Feb. 17, 1964 - b. 1004 p. 101
Edmond N. & Carol E. Elowe - July 29, 1969 - b. 1136 p. 305
Daniel & Susan Dennett - Sept. 29, 1971- b. 180 p. 256
Alan & Rowan Maclaren - Feb. 21, 1991 - b. 3220 p. 232
Christine & Curt Von Brawn - Mar. 18, 2004 - b. 8634 - p. 243

Inventory Data:

StreetCentral St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictCentral Street NRH District
Historic NameAnna Foster - Samuel Fuller House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Datecirca 1873
SourceStyle-njs
Architectural StyleSecond Empire
FoundationBrick/stone
Wall/Trimclapboards
Roofasphalt
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresFine mansard carriage house
Major AlterationsRemodeled 1972, Rear ell razed and rebuilt 2009 garage remodeled 2009 Preservation Award 2011
Conditionexcellent
Acreageless than one acre; 23,230 sq.ft.; approx. frontage 119'
Settingresidential
Map and parcel74-4
MHC NumberANV.120
Recorded byStack/Mofford; James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77/updated 12/2012

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