9 Abbot Street

Architectural Description: 

NRDIS NRMRA

Late Greek/Picturesque

Historical Narrative: 

Probably built by Moses Clement and George Abbot, Andover's leading contractors - builders of period

Themes: Architectural

The property was sold by Samuel H. Merrill in April 1866 to Elizabeth K. Downs. The property came with a deed restriction "no shops or buildings erected ..that would be prejudicial to the neighborhood of good dwelling houses"

Elizabeth Downs owned the property for 15 years then selling to Hannah L. Blake in Nov. 1881. Hannah held the property for 25 years then sold to Anne Ward Bartlett, wife of Nathaniel E. Bartlett in 1906. This was income property for Bartlett who lived on Central St.

Anne sold to Charles L. & Mary Jeanette Tilton of Haverhill, MA as joint tenants on July 18, 1912. The couple separated in 1915 and Mary Jeannette Tilton was deeded the Andover property and her husband lived in Haverhill.

In 1916 Edith McKeen Cutler, wife of Howard A. Cutler purchased the house and they lived her until 1936 when it was sold to the Trustees of Abbot Academy. The Academy used the house for faculty housing and dormitory rooms. With the merger of Abbot and Phillips Academies in 1973 all the holding were transferred at that time to the Trustee of Phillips Academy.

After three years the Academy sold the property to Michael W. & Mary Joan M. Morris in 1976. The Morris family continue as owners in 2014.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA

Owners;
Samuel H. Merrill - 1866
Elizabeth K. Downs, wife of Joseph, Apr. 27, 1866 - b. 702 leaf 251 - Salem deeds
Hannah L. Blake - Nov. 14, 1881 - b. 66 p. 431
Anne Ward Bartlett, wife of Nathaniel E., Aug. 28, 1906 - b. 236 p. 385
Charles L. & Mary J. Tilton - July 18, 1912 - b. 319 p. 411
James J. Ronan - July 23, 1915 - b. 355 p. 14 transfer
Mary Jeanette Tilton - July 23, 1915 - b. 355 p. 15
Charles L. Tilton - July 23, 1915 - b. 355 p. 16 Separation agreement
Mary Jeanette Tilton - July 23, 1915 - b. 355 p. 16
Edith McKeen Cutler - Dec. 26, 1916 - b. 372 p. 534
Howard A. & Edith M. Cutler -
Trustees of Abbott Academy - June 10, 1936 - b. 598 p. 422
Trustees of Phillips Academy - June 30, 1973 - b. 1222 p. 85
Michael W. & Mary J. M. Morris - Nov. 17, 1976 - b. 1296 p. 384
Michael W. & Mary J. M. Morris - Mar. 18, 1993 - Inst. #7721
Mary Joan Morris - Mar. 24, 1993 - b. 3684 p. 329
Mary Joan M. & Michael W. Morris - Aug. 19, 2008 - b. 11288 p. 42
Mary Joan Realty Trust - Oct. 4, 2013 - b. 13658 p. 89

Inventory Data:

StreetAbbot St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictAcademy Hill NRH District
Historic NameElizabeth Downs House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1850's - 1860's
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Architect/BuilderMoses Clement?
Foundationstone & granite
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood
Roofasphalt
Conditionexcellent
Acreageless than one acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel74-10
MHC NumberANV.3
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 6/2014

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