303 - 305 North Main St

Architectural Description: 

Essex Northern Registry of Deeds, Lawrence
The building was designed in the Georgian Revival style which Wm. M. Wood, President of the American Co. employed on most of the commercial buildings in Shawsheen Village

Historical Narrative: 

Original owner William M. Wood, Pres. of the American Woolen Company - named the "Balmoral Spa", a pharmacy, shops & restaurant, with a meeting hall on top floor used as meeting room for Shawsheen Woman's Club, lectures and dances. Outdoor dancing at the Balmoral on a large polished cement floor. Many of the "Big Bands" played here during the 1920s-1930s. Also a place to reserving time for tennis courts, bowling green and Balmoral Playing fields. Also a canoe and boat landing incorporated in the design.
Subsequent uses - recreational, 1925/offices in spa building, fields used by boy's boarding school from 1946-1975
This building was the social and recreational center for Shawsheen Village. The Balmoral pharmacy continued until 1960-61, There was also a barber shop, express service, shoe repairs, architect's office, a dentist, Gross Coal Co.'s office, a doctor, a hairdressing salon,
The Balmoral Fields included football & Soccer field, flooded for a skating rink in winter, a track, tennis courts, bowling green and canoe landing,

In front of the Spa were outside tables. William Wood used to boast, Balmoral Spa was "only place North of Boston, you could get a dollar cigar".
Sept. 3, 1920 - Andover Townsman (AT) Work is progressing rapidly on the erection of the new drug store and tea room for Shawsheen Village on Main Street, opposite “Aberfoyle” The building is of brick and will be modern in every detail
July 29, 1921 AT – Photo of Balmoral Spa building, back page Shawsheen News
June 9, 1922 AT p8 Personals – Boat rentals and names of employees - Uniforms for Balmoral Spa workers.

After 1945, playing fields became the property of Brothers of Sacred Heart for their boys boarding school, which existed until 1975 in the former Balmoral Admistration Building of the American Woolen Co. The Town of Andover appropriated funds to purchase and preserve this open-space, 1976.
Spa now professional offices for "Tactician" and others. Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Cambridge Mutual Fire Ins. Co. and the Bay State Insurance Co. now known "Andover Companies" co-owned from 1951 -1996. They were prieviously located in the Post Office Building in Shawsheen. (See. #342 North Main) These companies enlarged the building, first by a mirror image addition of the former Balmoral Spa building on the site of the former dance platform area and later two new wings on the front in the late 1960's. Two properties were later acquired to the north for extended parking and the houses were moved to South Main St. just beyond Rattlesnake Hill Rd.
Mar. 5, 1970 AT - Fire at Andover Companies building at 305 No. Main Shawsheen Village.
Various business associations and offices, especially insurance Co.
In the mid 1990's The Andover Companies built a new building on River Rd in West Andover and relocated. They then sold the Balmoral Spa bld. to Tactician Realty Trust in 1996.

Bibliography/References: 

See Area Form - Shawsheen for complete Bibliography also.
Dr. Edward Roddy, History Dept., Merrimack College, North Andover, MA - "Mills, Mansions & Mergers"
Town Crier: A Directory of Shawsheen Village 1922-23
Essex Northern Registry of Deeds.
Arden Trust -
Phillips Corp. - J. Sumner Draper, Pres. May 13, 1926 - b. 522 p. 20
Sarah E. Hodson - Feb. 20, 1930 - b. 551 p. 182 lots 1 & 2 on Plan #643
Roy E. Hardy - June 18, 1930 - b. 553 p. 358
Alphonse A. & Germaine Brouillard - Nov. 29, 1941 - b. 647 p. 544
Alphonse A. Brouillard - Apr. 9, 1951 b. 748 p. 489
Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Co - Apr. 9, 1951 b. 748 p. 489
Merrimack Mutual Fire Ins. Co., Cambridge Mutual Fire Ins. Co. & Bay State Insurance Co.- Sept. 30, 1961 - b. 1220 p. 348
additional parcels - Sept. 15, 1964 - b. 1018 p. 209
Aug. 10, 1972 - b. 1199 p. 613 see map #643 lots #3 & #5
Tactician Realty Trust - Anthony Buxton & R. Robert Reading, Trustees. Nov. 7, 1996 - b. 4628 p. 260

listed as #303 Andover Assessors Tax Maps as lots 93-97

Inventory Data:

StreetNorth Main St
PlaceShawsheen Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameBalmoral Spa - Andover Companies, Inc
Present UseProfessional offices
Original UseDrug Store, restaurant, offices, third floor meeting hall, dances, lectures.
Construction Date1921
SourceAHS files
Architectural StyleGeorgian Revival
Architect/BuilderAdden & Parker of Boston
Foundationstone and concrete
Wall/Trimbrick and limestone
Roofslate
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresPart of American Woolen Co.'s Shawsheen Village - Playing fields and recreational area behind building on east side of river, had tennis courts, soccer and baseball diamond and bowling green
Major AlterationsThe Balmoral Spa building was purchased by the Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Company and doubled in size with a mirror image addition to the south and the center entry facing No. Main St. 1960s' two new front wings were added
Conditionexcellent
Settingcommercial
Map and parcel36-93
MHC NumberANV.403
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, updated 2/2014

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