10 Brook Street

Historical Narrative: 

The Andover Guild, a local charitable organization, was organized 1896 for the purpose of providing a place for the youth of Andover to meet, socialize The Andover Townsman on Aug. 14, 1896 p.4 published a drawing of the new building to be built along with a description. On Dec. 18, 1896 New House of Andover Guild – opens on Brooks St.The Guild provided afternoon programs for children. Twelve years later a gymnasium was added to the rear of the house. It included a basketball court and a bowling alley in the basement. New Guild Gymnasium; Architect Perley F. Gilbert AT, 7 Feb 1908 - pg. 6 and 4, gives complete floor plans. Gymnasium Opened - 'Andover Townsman' 14 Feb 1908, pg. 4.

The girls and boys basketball teams from Punchard High School practiced and held games at the Guild before the construction of Memorial Auditorium and Gymnasium in 1936-37. The Guild also served in the summer as a Youth Hostel in 1939. The organization provided social events, arts & crafts classes, sports programs, gymnastic classes.The Andover guild operated for 67 years.

The membership dropped in the early 1960s and the Andover Youth Center was created by Fred H. Harrison, Pres.about 1963. The town selectmen had dialog with the Lawrence YMCA in 1967 about opening up a branch in Andover at this location. Young Men's Christian Association YMCA of Lawrence, MA purchased the property on Nov. 14, 1968. The Y programs were a great success and in in a few years outgrew the space. The YMCA joined with North Andover to build a new facility on Haverhill St. in 1974.

The Andover Trust, Frederick W. Newcomb, Trustee purchased the building June 1, 1979. The empty building then was rented as a Marshal Arts school.

Augustine "Gus" P. Sheehy, an Andover native and developer, purchased the property on Dec. 28, 1984. Gus then created the 10 Brook Street, Andover Realty Trust with three a other partners. Gus was a member of St. Augustine's Parish and the Knights of Columbus and thought the church might want to use the building. The K of C had built a new a lodge in 1960 out on Frontage Rd. off Osgood St. in West Andover. Sheehey first offered the property to the church which declined due to renovation costs. Ultimately Sheehy would buy out his partners and arranged a swap, down payment for the West Andover lodge and the Knights of Columbus would get the Brook St. building.

On January 17, 1886 Andover 1078, Inc. took ownership of the property. The K of C continues ownership, now 30 years in 2016.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Advertiser: 17 Dec 1853
Bessie Goldsmith - (early roads) 'Townswoman's Andover', 1964
Newman, Winthrop: "Abraham Marland's House One of Andover's Oldest" in 'Lawrence Eagle Tribune' Sat. 3 Oct 1964
Charlotte Helen Abbot: "Marland Family"
Aug. 14, 1896 AT – p4 The Guild Hall – drawing cut and description – to be built.
Dec. 18, 1896 AT - p4 New House of Andover Guild – opens on Brooks St.

Owners:
John Flint -
John Marland -
Parmiela Wood - Aug. 7, 1840 - b. 320 leaf 199 from Samuel Johnson Jr. - lot
Pameilia Wood - July 1, 1840 - b. 320 p. 277 lot with buildings from John Marland
Pamelia Wood estate
John Wood, Sally Low & Lucy Abbot -
Jacob Chickering - June 1, 1859 - b. 591 leaf 287
Lucy Abbot - Aug. 12, 1859 - b. 591 leaf 287
Moses Clement - Jan. 6, 1866 - b. 696 leaf 22
Trustees of Punchard Free School - Jan. 12, 1866 - b. 696 leaf 225 mtg.
Trustees of Punchard Free School - July 24, 1878 - b. 52 p. 111 poss. mtg dees
Millard Clement & Walter S. Donald - July 24, 1878 - b. 52 p. 418 - mtg deed assgn.
William S. Jenkins - Aug. 27, 1881 - b. 65 p. 516
Andover Guild - Jan. 22, 1897 - b. 152 p. 569 - lot of land
Andover Youth Center, Fred H. Harrison, Pres. - 1963?
Young Men's Christian Association YMCA of Lawrence, MA - Nov. 14, 1968 - b. 1119 p. 160
Andover Trust, Frederick W. Newcomb, Trustee - June 1, 1979 - b. 1372 p. 231
Augustine P. Sheehy - Dec. 28, 1984 - b. 1910 p. 324
10 Brook Street, Andover Realty Trust, Augustine P. Sheehy - Dec. 28, 1984 - b. 1910 p. 320
Andover 1078, Inc. - Jan. 17, 1986 - b. 2115 p. 331

Inventory Data:

StreetBrook St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameAndover Guild Building
Present UseFraternal Hall - Knights of Columbus
Original UseAndover Guild - Youth Center
Construction Date1897
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone/granite
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood/vinyl siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresGymnasium at rear of building opened Feb. 1908
Major Alterationsreplacement windows, vinyl siding
Conditiongood
Acreage0.303 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel55-39
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 3/1/2016

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