3 Howell Drive

Architectural Description: 

New construction with craftsman details.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural, Community development
This home is located on the site of the former Driscoll carriage house which was razed in 1997 after sub--division of property for new construction. The attached garage is a nod to the barn that once occupied the lot. Below is history of site:

AT - May 28, 1897 - William Driscoll has sold his house on Summer Street to John Howell, who will move it, on his land on the new street. Mr. Driscoll intends to build a new house at the place of the old one.
This home on the NE corner of Summer St. and Howell Dr. (once Allen Court) was built by the Driscoll family. Andover Townsman - Sept. 3, 1897 - E. Searl & Co. of Lawrence are building J.W. Driscoll's new house on Summer Street.

Howell Drive was developed by Fred E Cheever in 1956 when he connected Allen Court to Elm Street and the new Fosters Circle. The Allen Court name changed to Howell Drive in 1958, named for Mrs. Mary J. Howell who owned the property and homes on the court.
5 Howell Dr. is the Mary Sigourney house and once occupied this half acre at 34 Summer St..

Mary J. Howell, wife of James H. of Ballardvale purchased the property next door at 28 Summer St. on April 22, 1893 for $6500. It would be the Howells who developed the property along Summer St. when they purchased the Driscoll house on the lot to the east of their house in 1897.

Apr. 17, 1897 p1 Andover Townsman; p.5 – Building mover Wilson is moving two houses from Ballardvale to John Howell’s land on Summer Street.
Ballardvale – John Howell has moved his house, which was on the Plains, to Andover. He has also made arrangements to move his houses which are on Pole Hill to the same place.

April 23, 1897 AT - p 4. Editorial Cinders – If building mover Wilson has good luck, and one half the number of buildings called for by the largest tale, is moved from Ballardvale to Andover, there will be no further trouble about steamers, or railway, or a district share of town officials. They will all be up in the centre.

May 28, 1897 AT – William Driscoll has sold his house on Summer Street to John Howell, who will move it to his land on the new street. Mr. Driscoll intends to build a new house at the place of the old one.

As #5 Howell Drive is the oldest of the three homes Mrs. Howell owned, we believe the Driscoll House to be the home moved to the rear of the lot at #5 to create Allen Court. #7 would be the home moved from Ballardvale.

This deed line takes the property at 34 Summer St. back to a Mary Sigourney in 1828 who sells the half acre lot to Merrill Petingill on Jan. 9, 1828 for $75. Pettingill is bankrupt in 1843 and his estate of five properties is sold at public auction on Oct. 25, 1843. William Stevens of Andover was the court assignee. Sylvester Bowman, a Roxbury merchant, purchased all the properties for $100. The 3rd parcel is "the Mary Sigourney place and house containing half an acre". Bowman then sells the property with building to William D. Stark, a butcher, on Sept. 1, 1845. Stark and wife Martha Ann paid $800. for the property.

It appears that Stark took a loan from the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of South Parish and James H. Cochran, a blacksmith, as their names appear in the deeds. Stark sells to Oscar G. Ingalls, a carpenter, on Aug. 7, 1847. Ingalls paid $581. Ingalls may have improved the house as one year later he sells the home to Joshua Blanchard for $950. The 1850 Valuation Schedule list Blanchard's assessment as Dwelling house and adjoining 1 1/2 acre land at $800. The 1852 map of Andover shows J. Blanchard next to Henry F. Pasho on Summer St. In 1884 the map has W. D. Allen at the Summer St. location.

Walter B. & Eliza A. Allen purchased the property from Blanchard on June 25, 1870 and Allen owns for 17 years. Allen Court was named from this ownership. John D. Driscoll then purchased the home on April 9, 1887, held for ten year then selling the old house to the Howells in May 1897. Mary J. Howell, wife of James H. had purchased the property at 28 Summer Street on Apr. 22, 1893. The "Driscoll" house was then moved back creating Allen Court, which was a dead end until 1956.

John D. Driscoll then sells the property to Nora M. Driscoll on Aug. 11, 1897. Nora M. Driscoll owned the home for 23 years then sold to Leonard & Harriet H. Elliott on Aug. 11, 1920. The Elliot family owned for 36 years.

O. Lesley & Marion M. Sewell then purchased the house on May 15, 1956 and it was the Sewells that added the second parcel on Dec. 7, 1957
Sewell sold to Leonard C. & Jill Gardner, Jr. on Aug. 2, 1965 then to John P. Shay on Sept. 1, 1966. Shay held for four years then selling to William E. & Marguerite K. Shann on Oct. 23, 1970.
Janvier L. Miller purchased the house on Sept. 30, 1977, held for two years then sold to Reid L. Brown on July 25, 1979

Paul J. & Leslie Hecht Finger purchased the property on Feb. 26, 1982 and converted the house into condominiums in 2004. In 1996 the rear parcel with carriage house/barn was sub-divided and a single family home built on site now 3 Howell Drive.


Essex County Regisrty Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852,1872, 1884, 1888, 1906
Andover Townsman
Andover Valuation Schedules - 1900, 1910, 1920
Andover Street Directories
See map #3478 - Apr. 1, 1957 - Fred E. Cheever - Sub-division Howell Drive
Map plan #11940 - Jan. 11, 1991
Map plan #12974 - Nov. 22, 1996
Map plan #14986 -

#5 Howell Drive House on 34 Summer St. lot
Mary Sigourney - 1828 - lot 1/2 acre land
Merrill Pettingill - Jan. 9, 1828 - b. 247 leaf 306 - lot $75.
Merrill Pettingill estate, Wm. Stevens assignee - Oct. 25, 1843 public auction
Sylvester Bowman - Oct. 25, 1843 - public auction - rec. May 23, 1845 - b. 355 leaf 79
William D. Stark, wife Martha Ann - Sept. 1, 1845 - b. 361 leaf 227 - $800.
Oscar G. Ingalls, wife Eliza - Aug. 7, 1847 - b. 388 leaf 236 - $800
Joshua Blanchard - Aug. 7, 1848 - b. 401 leaf 11
Walter B. Allen, wife Eliza A. - June 25, 1870 - b. 5 p. 122 - $1500
John D. Driscoll, wife Mary - Apr. 8, 1887 - b. 90 p. 22 - $2000
May 1897 Old house moved off the property.
Nora M. Driscoll - Aug. 11, 1897 - b. 156 p. 150
Leonard & Harriet H. Elliott - Aug. 11, 1920 - b. 429 p. 257
O. Lesley & Marion M. Sewell - May 15, 1956 - b. 833 p. 180 - lot 1
O. Lesley & Marion M. Sewell - Dec. 7, 1957 - b. 866 p. 223 - lot 2
Leonard C. & Jill Gardner, Jr. - Aug. 2, 1965 - b. 1040 p. 54
John P. Shay - Sept. 1, 1966 - b. 1067 p. 290
William E. & Marguerite K. Shann - Oct. 23, 1970 - b. 1164 p. 256
Janvier L. Miller - Sept. 30, 1977 - b. 1320 p. 728
Reid L. Brown - July 25, 1979 - b. 1381 p. 21
Paul J. & Leslie Hecht Finger - Feb. 26, 1982 - b. 1563 p. 38
34 Summer Street Condominium, Paul J. Finger Tr. - Aug. 1, 1991 - b. 3294 p. 92
Paul J. & Leslie Hecht Finger - Dec. 25, 1996 - b. 4660 p. 229 - 3 Howell Dr. former Carriage House.

Inventory Data:

StreetHowell Dr
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameDriscoll Carriage House lot
Present Useresidence
Original Usesite of carriage barn
Construction Date1997
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleOther
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresA portion of this structure was once part of the Driscoll's barn or carriage house at 34 Summer St.
Major AlterationsReconstructed to one family home.
Acreage0.34438 acre
Map and parcel21-63A
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 3/17/2020