1-3 Baker Lane

Architectural Description: 

Side #1 is earlier.
Hot water and auto. burn heating

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural, community, industry.

Baker Lane developed as part of Abbott Village settlement for mill operatives.
This home was most likely built as a tenement home for mill workers and their families.

Abbott Village was established early in the 1800's with the more than adequate source of water to power the mills. Abel & Paschal Abbott moved their wool mill operation here from North Parish about 1813 and had a successful business until about 1838 when the market turned. The mill buildings were sold to Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. in 1843. The flax to linen thread company was established in Frye Village in 1835 (Shawsheen Village) and relocated up river to this location.

The double house was once owned by John & Hannah A. Harding in the 1860s and they sold to Elizabeth Brand on June 5, 1867. Miss Brand then sold to John Lawson most likely before 1869 as no deed is recorded at Lawrence deeds. Lawson held the property for thirty years before his death in 1902. The lot has a curious shape in that the front 20' of the lot on Baker Lane extends up infront of the left have of the house next door at 63-65. The deed has a written restriction; " never occupy of building on lot the portion in front of Greene's house to obstruct the light or outlooks of said Greene's house." His family were the heirs of his estate. Sons, George D., John B., Edward R. and Walter S. and daughters Elizabeth B. Lawson and Jean B. Mansfield inherit.

The Lawson family sold to William H. O'Leary on Sept. 26, 1902 for $1000. O'Leary held the property for four years then sold to Catherine L. Green wife of James Green. in April 1905. Catherine & James owned for 12 years before they sold to Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. in Dec. 1918.

Smith & Dove recognized the need for operative housing and slowly acquired several homes in the immediate area. They also built quality housing for their working force at 62-84 Essex St. and the double homes on Brechin Terrace. Every home on Baker Lane was once owned by Smith & Dove. The company reorganized in 1864 and again in 1912 bringing all their properties together into one deed.

The company supplied their workers with a Village Hall (#77 Essex St.) for community gatherings, and built “Hillside” on Shawsheen Rd. for single women workers; provided childcare service, bowling alley, laundry and large dining room used for meetings and parities. S & D Co. also bought the old Cricket Field for the company soccer, football and baseball teams and sponsored many field day outings for their employees.

In 1927 the Smith & Dove Co. was sold to the Ludlow Co. The housing real estate was placed in the Smith & Dove Tenements, Inc. that year, changing the name to Andover Homes, Inc. that were then sold off into private hands. The company operations were moved to Ludlow, MA and the mill closed in 1928.

The house and property was purchased by John J. Corey of Lawrence, from Andover Homes, Inc, Walter R. Amesbury, treas. on July 18, 1928. Corey took a mortgage with the Atlantic Cooperative Bank of Lawrence and unfortunately lost the house in foreclosure the following year on Mar. 22, 1929. The Bank held the property through the Depression and then sold to Edward & Margaret O'Hagan on Oct. 1934.

The O'Hagan family has continues to own the property 70 years later in 2014. Edward died on Nov. 8, 1984 and his wife Margaret sold to family Peter & Josephine O'Hagan in Oct. 1973. Peter died Feb. 26, 1999. Josephine O'Hagan got the house by will probate and place the property in the NAGAHO Realty Trust in July 2000.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Townsman
Historical Sketches of Andover, S. Bailey 1880
Andover Street Directories
Andover Valuation Reports.

John & Hannah A. Harding
Elizabeth Brand - June 5, 1867 - b. 728 leaf 164 Salem deeds
John Lawson - before 1869
John Lawson estate - 1902
Lawson heirs, Elizabeth B. Lawson, George D. Lawson, John B. Lawson, Edward R. Lawson, Walter S. Lawson and Jean B. Mansfield.
William H. O' Leary - Sept. 26, 1902 - b. 198 p. 295
Catherine L. Green, wife of James - Apr. 25, 1906 - b. 231 p. 493
Catherine & James Green
Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. - Dec. 6, 1918 - b. 393 p. 212
Smith & Dove Tenements, Inc. -Feb. 21, 1927 - b. 529 p. 583
Andover Homes, Inc. (name change) - Dec. 30, 1927 - b. 529 pgs. 587-588
Robert J. Corey - July 18, 1928 - b. 541 p. 458
Atlantic Cooperative Bank, Lawrence, - Mar. 22, 1929 - b. 545 p. 303 foreclosure
Edward & Margaret M. O' Hagan - Oct. 27, 1934 - b. 583 p. 3 & p. 4
Margaret M. O' Hagan, by will probate Edward died Nov. 8, 1964
Peter & Josephine A. O' Hagan - Oct. 4, 1973 - b. 1229 p. 738
Josephine A. O' Hagan by will probate #99P1158-EP1, Peter died Feb. 26, 1999
Nagaho Realty Trust, Josephine A. O 'Hagen & Mary Jane Bausemer TR. - July 21, 2000 - b. 5809 p. 321

Inventory Data:

StreetBaker Ln
PlaceAbbot Village
Historic DistrictAndover Village Industrial NRH District
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Datecirca 1850
Architectural StyleFederal
Foundationstone and brick
Wall/Trimwood clapboards, coverd vinyl sided
Acreage5,975 sq. ft.; approx. frontage 50'
Map and parcel54-58
MHC NumberANV.54
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 5/2014