23 Enmore Street

Architectural Description: 

Colonial Revival - Dutch Colonial

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.

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.

One of the first occupants of record to lease the home in 1923 were Joseph N. & Elizabeth A. Levi. Joseph was a carpenter.

This house was sold to Harold H. & Lillian A. Phinney on Sept. 2, 1937. Harold Phinney owned Temple's Electric & Radio Shop, Inc. at 66 Main Street in Andover Center in 1943. Phinney sold RCA - Victor - Philco - Zenith - Farnsworth and Emerson Radios and Combinations. He also carried a full line of phonograph records including Red Seal albums. He transitioned to Televisions, stereos and was the place to go for record albums and 45's. He moved his store across the street to the old Shaw House which sat in the current municipal parking lot. He later moved to in the 1958 Park St. then into the new Old Andover Village in in 1962, the store on the right as you pass through the center arch.

Phinneys sold this home to Carl A. & Glydys I. Schulze on Oct. 15, 1946. James J. & Doris J. McLaughlin purchased the property on Dec. 21, 1948


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 #20
#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 - 8th parcel
Harold H. & Lillian A. Phinney - Sept. 2, 1937 - b. 610 p. 591
Carl A. & Glydys I. Schulze - Oct. 15, 1946 - b. 690 p. 462
James J. & Doris J. McLaughlin - Dec. 21, 1948 - b. 719 p. 267
Neil J. & Rose E. Crowley - May 14, 1953 - b. 775 p. 459
Vincent P. & Helen R. Davey - Oct. 3, 1955 - b. 821 p. 208
Andover Bank - Nov. 5, 1992 - b. 3599 p. 134
Corpac Realty Trust, Richard T. Marino, Tr. - July 28, 1994 - b. 4095 p. 214
Vincent P. & Helen R. Davey - Apr. 17, 1997 - b. 4732 p. 201
Vincent P. & Helen R. Davey - Feb. 6, 2009 - b. 4732 p. 199 - confirm deed

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
Roofasphalt - gambrel
Major Alterationsoriginal slate roof replaced with asphalt
Acreage0.129 acre
Map and parcel19-55
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 8/7/2015