397 R Lowell St
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Architectural Description: 

Queen Anne style home,

Historical Narrative: 

The town built this Queen Anne style home just west of the pumping station in 1892. It was constructed by Henry Bourdelais, a local carpenter, for $1878.10. The house was built as a residence for the Chief Engineer running the operations of the new Andover Water Works built in 1889. The coal powered steam pumps required round the clock attention and an employee close by to maintain a smooth operation to distribute the town's water supply.

The first engineer to occupy the home was George Washington Spickler b. Dec. 1854 in Ohio, Engineer at the Andover Waterworks in 1892-1926. Married on March 8, 1888 in Cook Co. Illinois, to Harriet “Hattie” Cook and had two daughters; Carolyn b. Nov. 5, 1889 in Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin and Lois Ann b. July 19, 1892 in Ohio. George and his family were the first occupants of the new Queen Anne style house built for the Water Works engineer at 397 Lowell St. in 1893. George served as the engineer of the Water Works for nearly 35 years prior to his death in 1926.

3. Howard Everett Pillsbury [1926-1938?] B. June 10, 1890 in Georgetown, MA son of Harland F. & Hattie F. (Powers) Pillsbury. Howard was a Fireman in the US Navy when he married on July 3, 1911 in Somerville, MA to Bernice Elmore Wyatt b. 1896 in Plaistow, NH, dau. of Howard T. & Effie B. (Mellon) Wyatt. They had a daughter Isabell O. b. 1916. Pillsbury was then appointed by the town to assumed the duties of the pumping station after George Spickler’s death. In the 1930 census he is listed as master engineer at the Wood Mill. Howard may have done double jobs during his time at the station.
Howard is no longer listed in the 1938 Directory.

The 1940's Charles T Gillard was the Superintendent and Engineer for the Town but lived at 28 Chestnut St. Edward R. Lawson was the Superintend of the Public Works during this period and lived at 51 Maple St. Philip E. Rollins is list in the home in 1947.

4. Philip Elroy Rollins, [1947- 1982] b. July 8, 1901 in Vasselboro, Maine son of Elmer & Maude E. (Wood) Rollins. Philip attended University of Maine. Philip married on March 30, 1927 to Leora Emery. They had six children: daughters; Arline M., Dorothy I, Loretta M. and Frances L and sons Paul E. and David L.. Rollins lived in Auburndale section of Newton, MA in 1940, worked for a Steam Engine cleaning company. Philip retired in 1982 and died on Oct. 8, 1985 in Methuen.

5. Raymond James Connor Jr. [1982 - ] b. March 30, 1921, son of Raymond & Marion W. (Foley) Connor. Raymond worked with Philip Rollins and in 1976 is listed in the house. Raymond replaced Rollins as engineer in 1982. Raymond retired and died on Nov. 13, 1994 in Newton, NH.

This home was listed on the Andover Building Survey in 1980 but later razed by the town in the 1990's

Inventory Data:

StreetLowell St
PlaceWest Parish - West Andover
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameAndover Water Works Engineer's House
Present Usevacant land of Water Treatment Plant
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1892
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Architect/BuilderHenry Bourdelais/builder
Foundationstone & granite
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresWater Works Pumping Station, coal sheds.
Demolition Detailsrazed in the 1990's
Acreage3.19 acres
Map and parcel198-25
Recorded byW. Frontiero, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered28 Feb 1980, 7/21/2020