18 Enmore Street

Architectural Description: 

Colonial Revival - Cottage style

Historical Narrative: 

Shawsheen Village was named after the Native American name for the river Shawshin, which means Great Spring. Prior to Shawsheen Village this area was known as Frye Village. All the streets in the Village were named for Castles & Cathedrals in Great Britain. Enmore Street takes its name from Enmore Castle, an historic building in the village of Enmore, Somerset, England.

This home was built as part of the Shawsheen Village development from 1918-1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company. Wood hired about eight different architects to design the homes and structures for the village. Homes were leased through the Homestead Association who had offices in the Post Office building on the corner of North Main & Poor Streets.

Each home incorporates a different look, style and design modifications, most noticeable with the front door entrances. Decorative details on the corner boards and a variety of ornamental trellises, window boxes all added the “icing on the cake, of the original designs. Most of the homes now sport a variety of different colors, no longer all white with green shutters as dictated in the original deeds. Many of the original screen porches have been enclosed for an additional room.

After the death of William M. Wood on Feb. 2, 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings were then sold. Some were held by the Wood family in the "Arden Trust" and others with the American Woolen Company, which had been deeded the property in December 1920. The A.W.Co. Board of Directors authorized its President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty Co. for sale on Dec. 29, 1931.

The Textile Realty then transferred ownership to the Andover Shawsheen Realty Company on June 30, 1932, holding the mortgage on the properties. T. Edwin Andrew, treasurer, was authorized to sell or lease the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.

The first occupants of record to lease the home; Andover Townsman Sept. 22, 1922 p. 8 - Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kemp and family have moved to 18 Enmore street from Lawrence. Thomas & Nellie Kemp are also here in 1928-1929. Thomas was a machinist.

This house was sold to Chester A. & Martha J. Johnson Oct. 8, 1936. Chester was an electrical engineer for the American Woolen Co. Chester died on Aug. 26, 1942 and his wife Martha J. then placed the property in her name and Doris E. Johnson on Sept. 11, 1942. Doris was a mill worker at the Shawsheen MIll. They sold to Thomas J. & Mary P. Riley on June 28, 1945.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
Andover Townsman
Mills, Mergers and Mansions, by Edward Roddy 1982
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#877 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company lot #15 - 16
#975 - Oct. 29, 1921 - Dufton to AWCo.

George C. H. Dufton, wife Susanna - 1921 - 18 acres-
American Woolen Company, Wm. M. Wood Pres. – October 29, 1921 – b. 470 p. 341 – 18 acres
Textile Realty Co., Lionel J. Noah, Pres. A.W.Co. - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 351
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 - 6th parcel
Chester A. & Martha J. Johnson - Oct. 8, 1936 - b. 602 p. 234
Chester A. Johnson estate, Martha J. Johnson heir - Aug. 26, 1942
Fleicia Sholik - Sept. 11, 1942 - b. 653 p. 468 - deed transfer
Martha J. Johnson & Doris E. Johnson - Sept. 11, 1942 - b. 653 p. 469
Thomas J. & Mary P. Riley - June 28, 1945 - b. 674 p. 338
James H. & Rose V. Connor Jan 15, 1953 - b. 772 p. 5
Stephen R. & Mary Anne Duly - Aug. 5, 1965 - b. 1040 p. 205
Michael J. & Jeraldine A. Twomey - Mar. 1, 1973 - b. 1213 p. 95
Peter J. & Patricia Anderson - June 18, 1976 - b. 1284 p. 440
Barry V. & Patricia A. McCloskey - Nov. 17, 1982 - b. 1620 p. 309

Inventory Data:

StreetEnmore St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1921 - 1922
SourceERDS, ENRDL, AHS file, njs, style
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Architect/BuilderChester A. Patten
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood/vinyl covered
Roofasphalt - gable
Major Alterationsvinyl siding, replacement windows, enclosed porch, asphalt shingles replaced slate
Acreage0.193 acre
Map and parcel19-15
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 8/12/2015