16 Balmoral Street

Architectural Description: 

Ballustrade; pediments and columns over windows

Historical Narrative: 

Present owner: Crowning Shield Corp. (1975)

Themes: architectural, commerce, community development, education, industry, religion, social/humanitarian

Boarding school founded by Brother Peter Claver, 1946

Cited as the "architechural gem" of Shawsheen, this administration building follows the "colonial design" of the rest of the village. Its setting by the river is an attractive one. Erected in 1923 at a cost of $2,300,000.

Originally the building housed a large assembly hall as well as sixty offices. It consisted of four floors Administrative offices of the American Woolen Company were moved here from Boston in 1923.

Bought for boarding school, Nov. 1, 1945, by Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Purchase included Balmoral Athletic field and Cardinal Chushing Gym. School closed by 1975 due to declining enrollment. Town wanted to acquire open space areas accompanying total school parcel. Funds appropriated from town in 1976 for land and gym.

1977- Crowning Shield Corporation aquired building. Developers for conversion of school to apartment use, mostly one bedroom. Crowning Shield has no desire for land. No exterior alterations to building are planned at this time.


See Area Form - Shawsheen - for complete bibliography.

Andover Townsman: June, 1977

Inventory Data:

StreetBalmoral St
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameAdministration Building
Present UseApartment building
Original UseOffice Bldg., Amer. Woolen Co.
Construction Date1923
SourceTown Crier: Dir. Of Shawsheen Village
Architectural StyleGeorgian Revival
Architect/BuilderAdden & Parker of Boston
Wall/TrimBrick and limestone
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresnone
Major AlterationsFor school use in 1945; for apartments in 1977
Acreage1.39 acres
SettingSite near the fields and river
Map and parcel36-91
Recorded byStack/ Mofford
OrganizationAndover Historical Commission
Date entered1975-77