117 North Main Street

Architectural Description: 

Late Greek/Vernacular/Bracketed
Bracketed door hoods; high brick foundation

Historical Narrative: 

This property was once owned by Thomas C. Foster in 1858 when he sold the lot to Margaret Collins, wife of Charles Collins on Oct. 22, 1858 for $100. Collins then hired George L. Abbott & Moses Clement of Abbott & Clement builders to construct the home. Margaret borrowed $550. from the contractors who then held the deed until the loan was paid. Collins paid off the loan on Nov. 16, 1866.

On September 8, 1866 Charles Collins purchased a small second parcel at the rear of the property from the Boston & Maine Railroad. Collins paid $25 for the lot that was once a portion of the old Andover - Wilmington Railroad line that ran along the rear of the properties through Hartigan Court and down High St. to North Andover Center and on to Haverhill. The line was incorporated into the Boston & Maine RR when the tracks were relocated in 1848 to the current location to service the new city of Lawrence.

Margaret Collins died in 1891 and her son Daniel A. Collins inherited the property. Daniel gives a sewer easement to the Town of Andover in Oct.1899. which runs close to the front of the house at 115 on the rear of the property. Daniel later deeds the property to Helen C. Collins and Margaret M. Collins on Jan. 11, 1946.

A boundary dispute was settled by the land court in Aug. 28, 1956. A map of the property was created at that time and shows the two homes on the lot. Helen & Margaret Collins then sold the property to Robert J. & Rita Fanning in Oct. 1956. The Collins family had now owned for 98 years.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Court Map #26804 A - May 12, 1956
See Area Form Survey A - Marland Mills Village Bibliography

Owners:
Thomas C. Foster - 1858 - lot of land
Margaret Collins, wife of Charles Collins - Oct. 22, 1858 - b. 599 leaf 11
Geo. L. Abbott & Moses Clement - Dec. 22, 1859 - b. 599 leaf 12 mtg. deed
Margaret Collins, wife of Charles Collins - Nov. 16, 1866 - b. 714 leaf 1
Margaret Collins estate, Daniel A. Collins heir - Oct. 12, 1891 - Probate
Helen C. Collins & Margaret M. Collins - Jan. 11, 1946 - b 680 p. 123
Helen C. Collins & Margaret M. Collins - Aug. 28, 1956 - ctf. #4449 - b. 30 p. 157
Robert J. & Rita Fanning - Oct. 9, 1956 - ctf. #4458 b. 30 p. 233
Duncan M. & Beverly A. Cairnie, Frederick & Helen M. Welsh - May 28, 1968 - ctf. #6202 b. 42 p. 9 (1/2 int.)
D. & F. Trust; Trustees D. Cairnie and F. Welch - June 12, 1968 - ctf. #6211 b. 42 p. 45
William A. Jr. & Margorie I. Atwood - July 15, 1969 - ctf. #6373 b. 43 p. 93
John Jr. & Maria Araujo - Mar. 12, 1971 - cft. #6615 b. 44 p. 461
Fred & Jeanne Delisio, Feb. 27, 1973 - ctf. #6934 b. 46 p. 541

Inventory Data:

StreetNorth Main St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameCharles & Margaret Collins House
Present Useresidence - two family
Original Useresidence - two family
Construction Date1858 - 1860
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Architect/BuilderAbbott & Clement builders
Foundationstone/brick
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood/vinyl siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures115 North Main St.
Conditiongood
Acreage0.199 acre
Settingresidential/business
Map and parcel38-44
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 12/13/15

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