19 Salem Street

Architectural Description: 

Classical Revival or Georgian Revival
Decorative limestone entrance surround, brick facade,

Historical Narrative: 

Present owner: Phillips Academy

This property was once owned by the Trustees of Phillips Academy and sold to William L. Mather on Oct. 9, 1865. William L & his wife Amanda P. Mather lived in a home on this site. After the death of William, Amanda sold the property to Charles C. Carpenter for $3000. on Aug. 20, 1872. Carpenter held the property of three years then sold for $3500 to Rebecca A. Tilton on June 29, 1875 .

Mary B. Tilton became the owner of the property after Amanda Tilton's death on Dec. 1, 1903. Mary Tilton then held for 12 years, selling the property to the Trustees of Phillips Academy on Jan. 5, 1915. PA then sold the property to the Rogers Associates, Inc. on Jan.1, 1916. A $3900. mortgage was given at the time of sale. The deed was for 999 years and came with restrictions as to what type of structure could be built on the site. A single family house or club house that must be constructed for a minimum of $4000.

The Rogers Associates, Inc. later took a $30,000 mortgage with the Andover Savings Bank on Feb. 26, 1928. A new Club House was built at this time. It is not yet known weather the former Mather - Tilton house was moved off site or razed for the new building currently on the site. The Trustees of Phillips Academy took possession of the building on December 1, 1950.

The former clubhouse was then used for Educational purposes by the Academy. It once served as art studio space and a student canteen.

Inventory Data:

StreetSalem St
PlacePhillips District
Historic DistrictAcademy Hill NRH District
Historic NameBenner House
Present Useacademic building
Original Useresidence - Fraternal Society house
Construction Date1928
Architectural StyleGeorgian Revival
Foundationstone & granite
Roofgable - slate
Map and parcel41-3
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredApril 2, 2015