37 Washington Avenue

Architectural Description: 

Queen Anne style home. Clapboard on first floor, decorative cedar fish scale shingles on second flloor and gables. Nice finial detail on gable peeks, scroll ends on gable eaves. Porch railings and posts original to home. pine floors interiors

Historical Narrative: 

Original owner: George & Mattie A. Caldwell

Themes: architectural, community development,
Washington Ave was constructed in 1889 and lots were then sold off to residents and developers. By 1906 eighteen new homes had been built.

Aug. 30, 1889 Andover Townsman p. 4 - The new street, Washington Ave. is progressing rapidly, and from all appearances it is likely to be a good piece of road. The ledge at the Elm Street end had been blasted sufficiently, and the men are now engaged cutting down the ground above the grad and filling in the lower places. Quite a piece stretching from Summer Street is ready for the finishing touches.
October 25, 1889 AT – The new street Washington Ave. is beginning to look like a very good piece of road. The top dressing of red spring gravel is being put on.
Nov. 1, 1889 p.1 AT Commissioner Hayward has finished putting the top coat of Red Spring gravel on Washington Ave. and one sidewalk has been made the entire length

George R. & Mattie A. Caldwell purchased the lot of land from Benjamin F. Wardwell on Apr. 16, 1891. The Wardwells had the home built and retained ownership for 27 years. George Rufus Caldwell was born Nov. 2, 1836 in Andover, son of Rufus Frost & Mary Harris (Smith) Caldwell. George married on April 1, 1878 in Lowell, MA to Mattie A. Mitchell, b. July 26, 1852 in Russell, NY, dau. of George & Mary Mitchell. George was a house carpenter. George died on Sept. 17, 1914 and is interred in South Parish Cemetery. George & Mattie did not have children. Mattie A. Caldwell sold the home to Ruth E. Morway, wife of Jesse J. on July 25, 1918. Ruth Morway held for one year then sold to George B. Nicoll, wife Agnes on June 23, 1919.

Eben Simmons then purchased the house on June 15, 1921. Eben Simmons was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Eben married Hannah O'Connor b. Ireland and they had a daughter Mary C. Simmons b. Apr. 23, 1901. Mary C. married Joseph A. Gillooly b. in Philadelphia, PA son of Michael & Mary (Byrne) Gillooly both Irish immigrants. Daughter and son-in-law acquired the home in 1941. Joseph Gillooly died on April 13, 1956. Wife Mary died on May 25, 1980. Mary worked as a cashier at Merrimack College. Son Lawrence Gillooly inherited the property in 1980 and later sold to Tracy A. Plumber on July 28, 1996. The Simmons - Gillooly ownership of the property was 75 years.


Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Townsman
Andover Advertiser

Benjamin F. Wardwell, wife Hannah E. - land
George & Mattie A. Caldwell - Apr. 16, 1891 - b. 111 p. 228 - lot of land
George R. Caldwell estate, heir Mattie A. Caldwell - d. Sept. 17, 1914 - Probate
Ruth E. Morway, wife of Jesse J. - July 25, 1918 - b. 389 p. 61
George B. Nicole, wife Agnes - June 23, 1919 - b. 402 p. 235
Eben Simmons, wife Hannah O. - June 15, 1921 - b. 441 p. 215
Joseph A. & Mary C. (Simmons) Gillooly - May 21, 1941 - b. 641 p. 3
Joseph A. Gillooly estate, Mary C. (Simmons) Gillooly heir - Apr. 13, 1956 - probate b. 4300 p. 260
Mary C. (Simmons) Gillooly estate - May 25, 1980 - probate #349081 b. 4300 p. 261
Lawrence J. Gillooly, heir - May 25, 1980 - probate
Tracey A. Plummer - June 28, 1996 - b. 4536 p. 189
Tracey A. (Plummer) Murphy - Nov. 18, 2009 - b. 11842 p. 80

Inventory Data:

StreetWashington Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameGeorge & Maddie A. Caldwell House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1891
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Foundationstone & granite
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood shingles
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresmodern garage
Acreage0.364 acre; lot size: 15,850 sq. ft.; approx. frontage: 73'
Map and parcel21-68
MHC NumberANV.584
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-1977, 4/12/2016