23 School Street

Architectural Description: 

NRDIS NRMRA, porches and dormers appear to be later additions; six fireplaces; twin chimneys.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes - Architectural, Community Development and Education.

Owners - 1. Rev. Josiah Turner 2. Marcus Morton 3. Abbot Academy 11/11/49 - boarding house for Seminary & girls dormitory for Abbot Academy.

Built after 1825, when Goodhue House was said to be only one on that side of School St. between "Cheever House" (fork of Main and School) and lower end at the junction of Central Street. Built about 1832-33 by Rev. Josiah Turner and kept boarding house for Andover Theological Seminary students and boys from English and Latin schools. (Bessie Goldsmith:Townsman's Andover). Mrs. William Chamberlain (d. 1830) in charge of boarding house here.

Judge Marcus Morton lived here. His five sisters attended Abbot Academy 1828-1843. He was Democratic candidate for State Senate and was elected twice. (It was his son, Marcus, Jr. who was Chief Justice of Mass. Supreme Court). Judge Morton was President of Abbot Board of Trustees, 1896. His brick house later open as Abbot dormitory.

This house is said to be scene of opening chapter of the "Bright Land" by Janet Ayer Fairbank. In "The Bishop's Vagabond", Octave Thanet (Alice French) mentions it as home where she was born. In 1855 (time of Andover - North Andover division) Judge Morton was moderator of town meeting. That year, Green Street between houses of Willard Pike and Marcus Morton was accepted as Public Highway and later renamed Morton Street for him.

Bibliography/References: 

Carpenter, Jane: "Abbot and Miss Bailey and Abbot in the Early Days" Boston: Thos. Tod, 1959.
Kelsey, Katherine: "Abbot Academy Sketches", 1892-1912, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1929
Abbot Files: Andover Historical Society and Phillips Academy: Oliver Wendel Homes Library.
[* note: deed references for book 163 listed in Grantee & Grantor books do not appear on electronic ENRDL site]

Owners;
Rev. Josiah Turner - about 1832
Marcus & Abby B. Morton -
Marcus Morton estate, Abby B. Morton heir
Abby B. Morton estate, Edward S. Beach, Trustee - June 27, 1898 - b. 163 p. 49*
Abby B. Morton estate, Clarence Whitman, Marcus Morton Tr. - July 28, 1898 - b. 163 p. 337*
William Maxwell Reed - July 28, 1898 - b. 163 p. 225* mtg
Samuel L. Fuller - July 25, 1906 - b. 234 p. 144
Trustees of Abbot Academy - Jan. 11, 1949 - b. 234 p. 144 recorded
Trustees of Phillips Academy - July 2, 1973 - b. 1222 p. 85

Inventory Data:

StreetSchool St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictAcademy Hill NRH District
Historic NameMorton House
Present Usedormitories
Original Useresidence
Construction Datecirca 1832
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleFederal
Architect/BuilderMason probably Benjamin Gleason and Sons
Foundationstone/granite
Wall/Trimbrick on masonry
Roofslate - gable
Major Alterationsremodeled 1974
Conditionexcellent
Acreageless than one acre, 14,810 sq. ft. , frontage Morton 120', School 130'.
Settingresidential/educational
Map and parcel40-8
MHC NumberANV.518
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 12/27/15

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