3 Dumbarton Street

Architectural Description: 

Colonial Revival

Historical Narrative: 

Street accepted 1926

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 new Village were named for Castles & Cathedrals in Great Britain Dumbarton Street takes its name from Dumbarton Castle which has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland. It overlooks the Scottish town of Dumbarton, and sits on known as Dumbarton Rock which is 240 feet high. It overlooks the river Clyde.

The house is in the Shawsheen Village National Register Historic District, surveyed in 1977 and created in 1979. It was designated a National Register Historic District in 1980 by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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, later moved into the Administration Building.

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 Clinton R. & Prisculla D. Andrews. Clinton worked for the Pac. Print Works in Lawrence.

This house was sold to Vera E. Sprague, wife of Harvey D. Sprague on Nov. 12, 1936. Vera & Harvey took a mortgage and the Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. took possession of the mortgage on Oct. 25, 1938. The property was later sold back by Sprague to A.S.R.Co. on Dec. 31, 1941.

Frank A. & Elise A. Brittingham purchased the home on Jan. 3, 1945 and owned just two years then selling to Chester M. Kopatch on Aug. 4, 1947.


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
#975 - Oct. 29, 1921 - Dufton to AWCo.
#708 - Nov. 1927 - AWCo.
Land Court Map #1726-E - lot 11

Thomas T. Clark, wife Louisa – 1920 – land 4.3 acres
American Woolen Company, Wm. M. Wood Pres. Oct. 2, 1920 – Certificate #992
Textile Realty Co., Lionel J. Noah, Pres. A.W.Co. - Dec. 30, 1931 - Ctf - #1925
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - Ctf. #1932
Vera E. Sprague, wife of Harvey D. Sprague - Nov. 12, 1936 - Ctf. #2210
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - Oct. 25, 1938 - Doc. #6686 - mtg Poss.
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - Dec. 31, 1941 - Ctf. # 2678
Frank A. & Elise A. Brittingham - Jan. 3, 1945 - Ctf. #2959
Chester M. Kopatch - Aug. 4, 1947 - Ctf. 3291
Walter M. & Pamela M. Kimball, III - June 16, 1969 - Ctf. 6365
Walter M. Kimball heir, Pamela M. Kimball estate - Apr. 20, 1998 - Doc. 71219
Gregory J. & Julia A. Petros - Aug. 27, 1999 - Ctf. #13280
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co - Oct. 30, 1937 - b. 611 p. 177 – 16th parcel

Inventory Data:

StreetDumbarton St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameSprague - Brittingham House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence - mill housing
Construction Date1921 - 1922
SourceERDS, ENRDL, assessers' rec./style-njs
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Architect/BuilderChester A. Patten
Roofgable - slate
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresshed
Major Alterationsnew front window in original opening 1989, Replacement windows, addition to west side and rear of house
Acreage0.185 acre
Map and parcel18-79
MHC NumberANV.1266
Recorded byStack/Mofford / Pam Kimball, Walter, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 1/18/96, 8/25/2015