24 Dale Street

Architectural Description: 

The cape style house, one 1/2 story, with front shed and rears dormers. Addition to south end of the home. Originally sheathed in wood clapboard siding replaced by cedar shingles. Home is however in the general style as built.

Historical Narrative: 

This home and the others on the west side and northern end of Dale Street were all built as mill operative tenement housing by the Ballard Vale Mill Company in the mid 19th century. Although not included in either the Ballardvale Local Historic District or the Ballardvale National Resister Historic District, they do have historic context to the Districts as the last surviving wooden mill housing on Dale St. and fall withing the buffer zone.

The Ballard Vale Mills owned the homes for about 100 years before selling thee mill complex and all buildings to Marshal I Stone in February 1928. The Ballard Vale Mills held the mortgage as did the Essex Savings Bank of Lawrence, MA. A second mortgage was held by Helen A. Kendall of Washington, D.C. One parcel included all the housing and buildings on the west side of Dale Street. These buildings were later sub-divided into separate lots and sold off individually.

Marshall I. Stone was foreclosed on in 1944 and the Essex Savings Bank then sold the deeds to George W. French of Painfield, NJ. on Oct. 6, 1944. Two lots G & J were then sold to Jennie D. Perkins of Tewksbury, MA on June 24, 1948. The deed was transferred to Frank L. & Leslee Davis on June 28, 1948 who held the property for six years. Davis then sold the home back to Jennie D. and husband Dana F. Perkins in March 1954. They both were trustees for the Fielding Land Development Trust. When Jennie died Willard F. Perkkins was made a trustee.

On Aug. 28, 1959 the property was sold to Frank J. & Virginia Orlando. They owned for five years then selling to Frank J. Fichera on July 9, 1964 who put the property into a family trust for his wife and children. Helen A. Britton was the trustee who would later turned that position over to Frank J. Fichera. Fichera sold the home to Daniel M. Foley and Walter J. Meyers on Jan. 10, 1966.

The partners then sold to Dennis C. & Karen Lee Usher on August 17, 1968. Ushers held for three years then selling to Alan & Leena Minkkinen on March 26, 1971. Minkkinens were long time resident owners of the home for 36 years. Alan Minkkinen was a musician and music teacher with the Andover Public Schools before retiring.
The home was then sold to Patrick T & Nancy Keenan in 2007.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Historical Society files
Goldsmith, Bessie; Townsman's Andover, 1964, p. 96 (and Alfred Poor, 1864)
Map plan # 718 - Plan of Dale St. lot - BV Mills Co. 1928
Map plan #2023 - June 1948 - George W. French - lot G-1
AHS file/Bessie Goldsmith

Ballard Vale Mill Company -
Josiah Putnam Bradlee
Josiah Putnam Bradlee, estate, Wm. H. Hodgins, Trustee - Feb. 28, 1887
Ballard Vale Mills Co. - Feb. 6, 1905 - b. 218 p. 238
Marshall I. Stone - Feb. 27, 1928 - b. 538 p. 91 - two parcels of land
Essex Savings Bank - Sept. 19, 1944 - b. 538 p. 94 - mtg. deed sale
George W. French Jr. - Oct. 6, 1944 - b. 668 p. 301
Jennie D. Perkins - June 24, 1948 - b. 712 p. 468 - lots G and J
Frank L. & Leslee D. Davis - June 28, 1948 - b. 712 p. 469 - lot G
Fielding Land Development Trust, Jennie D. & Dana F. Perkins, Trustees - Mar. 18, 1954 - b. 789 p. 143
Fielding Land Development Trust, Dana F. Perkins & Willard F. Perkins Trustees
Frank J. & Virginia Orlando - Aug. 28, 1959 - b. 900 p. 378
Helen A. Britton, Trustee - Fichera Family Trust - July 9, 1964 - b. 1013 p. 306
Frank J. Fichera, Trustee - Ficheria Family Trust - July 9, 1964 - b. 1013 p. 307
Daniel M. Foley & Walter J. Myers - Jan. 10, 1966 - b. 1052 p. 315
Dennis C. & Karen Lee Usher - Aug. 17, 1968 - b. 1112 p. 89
Allan & Leena Minkinen - Mar. 26, 1971 - b. 1168 p. 48
Patrick T. & Nancy W. Keenan - Apr. 30, 2007 - b. 10731 p. 129

Inventory Data:

StreetDale St
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence, Mill housing
Construction Date1848 -1850
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Roofasphalt - gable
Acreage0.279 acre -12,164 sq. feet
Map and parcel138-17
Recorded byRuth A. Sharpe (BallardvaleHistoric District) James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredJan 1996, 10/4/2016