390 North Main Street

Architectural Description: 

This home is in the Shingle Style, use of cedar shingles, natural field stone foundation and porch creates visual texture. The turret and roof dormers break up the mass of the facade. At the time of construction the house had natural weathered shingles that were later stained a dark brown.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes - Architectural, Community Development

This Shingle style home was built by George B. Elliot of Lawrence. The land was purchased from Cornelia P. Donald wife of William Donald of Brookline. MA. The Donald family had lived in Frye Village since the early 1800's, They were abolitionists, charter members of the Free Christian Church in 1845 and owned an Ink factory across the street south of Kenilworth St. The original Donal home now sited behind Anton's Cleaners.

The Donald heirs sold this lot of land to Elliot on May 29, 1898. It contained 83,312 sq. feet at the intersection of North Main & Poor Streets. Two deed restrictions were placed on the property. Any house erected could not be less than $2500 and had to be set back 40' from Main Street.

George Elliot placed the property in both his name and his wife Blanche C. Elliott in July 1928. George died on March 17, 1939. Blanche retained ownership for ten more years selling in Oct. 1949 to Michael A. & Sarah J. Burke.

The Burke family established a funeral home in their home which continues to the date under the name Magliozzi & Burke. As the Burke family were Irish their business was the favored home for many Catholic families in town. In 1951 & 1952 Burke sold off two lots just north of their home. A third parcel was sold in 1971. creating the current 48,650 sq. foot lot.

With the construction of Interstate #495 in the 1960's the north end of Poor Street was blocked access onto North Main St. Union St. was made one way heading north into Lawrence and Route 28 one way heading south. The U-turn center ramp near the convergence of both streets was created for access for residents who lived in Shawsheen Heights and for visitors to the funeral home business.

In 2004 the funeral home was purchased by Joel & Lisa Magliozzi, also in the funeral business. They currently partnership with the Burke family who continue to reside in the home.


Cornelia P. & William Donald of Brookline, MA
George B. Elliott - May 29, 1898 - b. 163 p. 19 land
Andrew A. Hagen - July 28, 1828 - b. 541 p. 444
George B. & Blanche C. Elliott - July 28, 1828 - b. 541 p. 444
Blanche C. Elliott - March 1939 - by probate will
Michael A. & Sarah J. Burke - Oct. 27, 1949 - b. 728 p. 575
Garrett J. Burke & Gary A. & Edwina R. Burke - Jan. 25, 1973 - b. 1211 p. 235
Gary A. & Edwina R. Burke - 1980 - Garrett J. Burke died July 5, 1980
Joel & Lisa Magliozzi - Jan. 12, 2004 - b. 8510 p. 252

see plan #6763

Inventory Data:

StreetNorth Main St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameGeorge Elliot house - Burke Funeral Home
Present Usefuneral home, residence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1898
Architectural StyleShingle
Foundationstone or brick
Wall/Trimcobblestone - 1st floor, shingles above
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresGarage
Major AlterationsConversion from single residence to Funeral home 1949
Acreage1.12 acres; 50 ft. from street, 143' approximate frontage
Map and parcel52-74
MHC NumberANV.409
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 4/2014