161 Andover Street

Architectural Description: 

House built about 1905, gable asphalt roof; has 8 rooms, 1 bath, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms. It is a one unit house with 2 1/2 stories and a small open porch on the front. It has a brick and stone foundation, wooden frame.

Historical Narrative: 

Originally owned by John Haggerty who was in charge of the Ballardvale Fire Station which is located next door. John A. Haggetry & William Bonner purchased the lot on Oct. 1, 1902. John A. Haggetry was the sole owner on July 13, 1905. The house is listed on the 1906 map of Ballardvale Center. Haggerty owned for 22 years then sold to Florence H. Gilbert, wife of Guy W. Gilbert on Apr. 9, 1924. Dr. Guy Gilbert, a dentist, and son of Dr. Charles Gilbert, also and Andover dentist who lived on Main St. and had his practice there. Guy's brother was Perley F. Gilbert, an architect, who designed the Orlando Cottage, now the Lanam Club, West Parish Vestry 1926, Town Hall renovations in 1902 and the Town Rest Home 1924 on Carmel Rd. Florence & Guy Gilbert owned the home for ten years but lost it to bank in 1934.

Arthur H. & Ethel M. Reading purchased the property on Oct. 1, 1936. The Arthur Reading family owned for 35 years then selling to Robert D. & Joyce A. Smith on Dec. 17, 1971. The home has been owned by Michael C. & Dolores Dunning since 1982.

The property was offered to the Town for expansion to a new fire station in 2018 and was purchased. The home was razed the first week of September 2019.

See 5 Clark Rd. property

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Town directories, assessors office

Owners;
Paschal Abbott - 1836
John Mann, wife Zoa - Jun. 30, 1834, rec. Jun. 7, 1836 - b. 289 leaf 211
Samuel Barr, wife Eliza - Jan. 17, 1838, rec. Apr. 5, 1841 - b. 323 leaf 251
Samuel Barr estate, heirs: Wid. Eliza, Susan Brown, Geo. Barr, Mary E. Smith, Helen A. Smith - 1877
Stephen Blaney - Dec. 12, 1877 - b. 50 p. 209
Stephen Blaney estate, Frank A. Merrill Extr. - March 4, 1901 - Probate
John A. Haggetry & William Bonner - Oct. 1, 1902 - b. 206 p. 161
John A. Haggetry - July 13, 1905 - b. 223 p. 404
John A. Haggetry - Dec. 1, 1921 - b. 450 p. 469
Florence H. Gilbert, wife of Guy W. - Apr. 9, 1924 - b. 498 p. 194
Atlantic Co-operative Bank, Lawrence, MA - Nov. 13, 1934 - b. 583 p. 499 - Poss.
Atlantic Co-operative Bank, Lawrence, MA - Nov. 13, 1934 - b. 583 p. 450 mtg. deed
Arthur H. & Ethel M. Reading - Oct. 1, 1936 - b. 601 p. 196
Robert D. & Joyce A. Smith - Dec. 17, 1971 - b. 1185 p. 258
Chandler R. & Deborah B. Grinnell - Mar. 30, 1977 - b. 1310 p. 710
Joel L. & Jeanette B. Clinkenbeard - Oct. 28, 1978 - b. 1355 p. 423
Michael C. & Delores E. Dunning - May 26, 1982 - b. 1578 p. 201

Inventory Data:

StreetAndover St
PlaceBallardvale
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic NameJohn Haggerty House
Present UseResidential
Original UseResidential
Construction Date1902 - 1905
SourceECRDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone/granite/brick
Wall/Trimclapboard/ asbestos shingles
Roofasphalt - gable
ConditionRazed Sept. 2019
Demolished?Yes
Demolition DetailsRazed by the town of Andover in Sept. 2019 for construction of a new firehouse on the site.
Acreage0.429 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel137-19
Recorded byRuth Sharpe, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date enteredSep 1998, 3/7/2016

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