26 River Street

Architectural Description: 

Greek Revival one and half story house

Historical Narrative: 

This property was owned by Josiah Putnam Bradlee in the 1860s when he acquired the Ballard Vale Mills. Bradlee died on Feb. 2, 1887 and his estate was placed into a trust for his brother and sister in 1889. His friend William H. Hodgkins, Trustee of his estate, became president of the Ballard Vale Mills. After the death of Bradlee's siblings the trust property was sold by Hodgkins to the Ballard Vale Mills Co. on Feb. 5, 1905. This property is a portion of the fifth parcel in the deeds containing lots #17, #18 & #19. The northerly end of the parcel was lot #19 on the 1889 Bradlee estate property map.

The Ballard Vale Mills CO. held the property for 21 years then sold off much of their holdings in 1926. This property was sold to Catherine C. Flatherty and Nellie "Ellen" P. Flatherty on May 1, 1926. Nellie "Ellen" Flatherty died on Oct. 23, 1932 and Catherine C. inherited the property. Catherine C. Flatherty estate was administered by Mary L. Castle and went to heir heirs.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
J. Putnam Bradlee Estate plan 1889 - parcel 5 lots #17, #18, #19
Map plan #7519 - Wm. B. Roberts - Aug. 1976 -5500 sq.ft.

Josiah Putnam Bradlee -
J. Putnam Bradlee estate, Feb. 2, 1887, William H. Hodgkins Trustee 1889
Ballard Vale Mills Co. - Frb. 6, 1905 - b. 218 p. 238 (p. 241) - north part of Parcel #5
Catherine C. Flatherty & Nellie "Ellen" P. Flatherty - May 1, 1926 - b. 523 p. 368
Nellie "Ellen" P. Flatherty estate, Oct. 23, 1932 - Catherine C. Flatherty
Catherine C. Flatherty estate, Mary L. Castle, Adm. - b. 891 p. 359
Rose H. Riley, Mary L. Castle, Francis J. Riley, Lola Castle 1958
Francis & Mary L. Riley - Oct. 25, 1958 - b. 884 p. 207-208
Francis J. & Mary L. Riley - May 28, 1959 - b. 891 p. 359
Francis J. Riley estate, Mary L. Riley - Dec. 26, 1959 probate
Mary L. Riley estate, Lawrence. W. Riley, Helene E. Roberts heirs - Probate
William B. & Helene E. Roberts - Oct. 28, 1975 - b. 1296 p. 618
The Herob 46 Realty Trust, Helene B. Roberts Tr. - May 14, 2015 - b. 14224 p. 271

Inventory Data:

StreetRiver St
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1845 - 1850
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresattached garage
Major Alterationsrear addition, replacement windows
Acreage0.344 acres
Map and parcel139-64
Recorded byRuth A. Sharpe (BallardvaleHistoric District) James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredFeb. 1996, 12/28/2016