280 South Main Street

Architectural Description: 

English Tudor Revival

Historical Narrative: 

Themes - Architectural and Community Development.

Maurice Joyce Curran Jr. was b. July 14, 1896, the son of Maurice J. and Abigail Florence (Morrison) Curran who lived at 250 North Main Street in the "Croft", former home of George & Susan W.W. Dove.

Maurice's father, Maurice J. Curran and John Joyce of Lawrence purchased the "Croft" estate jointly in 1895. Curran and Joyce were co-partners in the firm “Curran & Joyce” established in 1877 as bottlers and manufactures of soda water and ginger ale. They later expanded the business to include imports and wholesale dealers of liquor and were bottling agents for several brewing companies in the northeast.

Curran & Joyce were also brothers-in law as they had married sisters Abigail Florence Morrison and Mary Jane Morrison. The two families moved into the “Croft” in 1895 and shared the estate for nearly eighteen years before Joyce built "Ledgecroft" next door. Maurice Joseph Curran was born on Sept. 4, 1854 in Palmer, MA, son of Lawrence & Mary (Morrison) Curran. He first married on Nov. 24, 1878 to Teresa Keating b. 1856 in Charlestown, MA, daughter of John & Catherine Keating. They had two children; Mary (Mollie)Teresa b. 1879 and son Lawrence Curran. Teresa died on Aug. 28, 1884 in Lawrence, MA.

Maurice remarried Abigail Florence Morrison sister to Mary Jane Joyce. Maurice and Abigail Curran had four children; Joseph Frederick b. Nov. 2, 1888 - d. May 15, 1971, Margaret Monica b. May 5, 1890 - d. July 1959, Maurice Joyce b. July 14, 1896 - July 1959 and Lydiona (Lidwine) Abigail b. 1901 - d. June 1952.

Of Maurice and Abigail (Morrison) Curran’s four children; daughters, Mary T. married Daniel J. Murphy, having three children, Daniel J. Jr., Edwin C. and Marie Elizabeth. Lidwine Margaret Curran married Donald Falvey, their children; Abigail F., Joan, and Donald Falvey Jr..
Sons; Joseph Frederick Curran married Genevieve Constance Ford of Lawrence, daughter of Patrick Ford of Ford Bro. in Lawrence, J. Frederick & Genevieve moved to Brookline, MA. They had one son Charles F. Curran, who married Frances Shea of Brookline, a widowed mother with a son William Callanan. Charles & Frances had three children: Frederick, Abigail and Charles Jr.

Maurice J. Curran Jr. married in Jan. 1923 to Annette Marie LaFrance b. May 15, 1901 in Holyoke, MA, daughter of Louis A. & Eugenie (LaRiviere) LaFrance. Annette's father was a building contractor. The couple took their two month honeymoon in Europe, sailing on the S.S. Paris on Jan. 17, 1923 and returning on the "S.S. Majestic" out of South Hampton, England on Mar. 21, 1923. The couple would have three children, Joyce M.,b. 1923 - d. 2014, Annette L. b. 1926 - d. 2012, and Maurice J. Curran 3rd b. 1930.

Maurice Jr. bought the property on Apr. 21, 1925 and had the beautiful Tudor Revival home "Greencourt" built in 1926-1927. Maurice Jr. was an attorney, and worked in Banking as a Bond Salesman. The property deed was transferred to Paul LaFrance on Apr. 14, 1932. Paul was the brother of Annette (LaFrance) Curran. Paul held the deed for four years then transferring the deed to Annette Curran on Dec. 31, 1936.

The 1930 Census lists the Maurice & Annette, the two daughters and the house staff; Margaret McFarland 43 governess, Anielia Douvane 32 cook, Mary O'Leary 27 waitress and Helen Hart 26 chamber maid. In 1940 Maurice J. Curran 3rd age 9 is the new addition to the family and the staff has changed to Catherine Demody 38 cook, Mary H. Gorman 58 and Anne E. Davis 28 as general maids.

Maurice and Annette would later separate and divorced in 1944 in Dade County, Florida.

Maurice Curran re-married to Yvonne Theresa (Pellerin) Blanchette on June 25, 1944. Yvonne was b. in 1910 in Tourville, Canada, the daughter of Auguste & Eugenie (Bouchard) Pellerin. Yvonne was married before to Wilfrid Blanchette, and had three daughters, Gladys. b. 1928 - d. 2014., Litha and Joan.

Maurice J. Curran died in July 1959. Wife Yvonne inherited the estate and continued to live at "Greencourt" until her death in 1992. Her daughter, Gladys Brown was interview by Barbara Thibault, Director of the Andover Historical Society (4/9/93). Gladys had the original drawings, garden plans and photographs of the18 room house.

Mirigae Realty Trust, Peter Finn and then Dominic Morello as Trustees, purchased the property on Apr. 20, 1993. Greencourt Realty Trust, Dana Willis Tr. holds the property on Nov. 6, 2000 and continues in 2015.

(see also 276 Main Street; also 232 No. Main St.)
1926 - 280 “Greencourt” 4.8. acres built by Curran
1927 -1945 - Curran, Maurice J. Jr, Bonds, Boston
1961 - Curran, Yvonne T, b. 1910
1985 - Curran, Yvonne T,
1995 - Vacant

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
1850 Andover Assessed Valuations
Andover Directories
Ancestry.com
Federal Census Records, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Owners;
Amos Holt - 1850
Marcus M. Holt July 14, 1852 – b. 464 leaf 104 Salem deeds
Abbie M. Smart – June 16, 1904 – b. 212 p. 421 - six acres 105 sq. rds.
Fred M. Temple – Sept. 27, 1910 – b. 296 p. 10 – 8 acres
Joseph A. Dennison - Aug. 7, 1920 - b. 428 p. 474 - 3.93 acres
Fred M. Temple - Jan. 10, 1922 - b. 452 p. 576 - 3.93 acres
Elizabeth M. Read - July 14, 1922 - b. 462 p. 382
Maurice J. Curran Jr. - Apr. 21, 1925 - b. 510 p. 151
Paul & Virginia LaFrance - Apr. 14, 1932 - b. 563 p. 534 land & building
Annette (LaFrance) Curran - Dec. 31, 1936 - b. 604 p. 214
Curran family
Mirigae Realty Trust -Peter Finn, Trustee - Apr. 20, 1993 - b. 3724 p. 134
Greencourt Realty Trust, Dana Willis Tr. - Nov. 6, 2000 - b. 5912 p. 253

Inventory Data:

StreetSouth Main St
PlaceScotland District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameCurran, Maurice J. house "Greencourt"
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1926 - 1927
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleTudor Revival
Foundationbrick/stone
Wall/TrimStucco and half timbers
Roofslate gable
Conditionexcellent
Acreage4.88 acres, 247' frontage
Settingresidential
Map and parcel59-2
MHC NumberANV.537
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 2/3/2015, 8/12/16

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