26 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.

One of the first occupants of record to lease the home in 1926 were John & Annie Devonshire. John was an operator in the mill.

This house was sold to Frank W. & Agnes G. Quinn on June 24, 1937. Frank . 1895 worked as a guard at the Arlington Mill in Lawrencein 1943. Agnes b. 1886 died Nov. 6, 1969. John died a few years later and their children Genevieve K. Driscoll and Edward Quinn inherit the property. After 38 years of ownership the home was sold to Kenneth C. & Maureen R. Elliot on June 19, 1975.


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 #19-19
#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
Frank W. & Agnes G. Quinn - June 24, 1937 - b. 608 p. 477
Frank W. Quinn, Agnes G. Quinn estate - Nov. 6, 1969
Frank W. Quinn estate, Genevieve K. Driscoll & Edward Quinn, heirs - probate
Kenneth C. & Maureen R. Elliot - June 19, 1975 - b. 1261 p. 278
Kenneth C. Elliot - Nov. 4, 1980 - b. 1468 p. 197
Kenneth C. & Maureen R. Elliot - Nov. 10, 1980 - b. 1468 p. 202
Stephen D. & Janet W. Hathaway - June 28, 1984 - b. 1829 p. 114
John R. & Deborah K. McCool - Mar. 14, 1997 - b. 4722 p. 2
Samuel & Jennifer Darfoor - Mar. 1, 2001 - b. 6030 p. 80

Inventory Data:

StreetEnmore St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameFrank & Agnes Quinn House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1921 - 1922
SourceERDS, ENRDL, assessers' rec./style-njs
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Architect/BuilderChester A. Patten
Roofasphalt - gable
Major Alterationsasphalt roof shingles replace slate
Acreage0.193 acre
Map and parcel19-19
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 8/12/2015