52 Morton Street

Architectural Description: 

Cape Style one and one half story house, ell additions with bay window.
West facing orientation away from street.

Historical Narrative: 

One of several homes built by Pike Soap Company as employee housing. Factory located on this street as well. Most likely all of the structures built at the same time by same contractor/builder. Most houses have been altered in some way by an addition. Good example of factory type housing.

Morton Street was once named Green St, then Pike St. before changed to Morton St. This end was also nick-named "Ram Cat Alley" in the old days.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA

Owners;
B. T. Thompson - 1855
John Murphy, wife Julia - Aug. 6, 1855 - b. 517 leaf 247
John William Murphy - May 8, 1896 - b. 147 p. 30
John Murphy - Oct. 20, 1896 - b. 153 p. 308
David C. Eastwood - Feb. 1, 1900 - b. 175 p. 191
Edith S. Keirstead & Mary G. Keirstead - April 2, 1924 - b. 498 p. 268
Edith S. (Keirstead) Wesson & Mary G. (Keirstead) Bragg -
Charles S. & Sarah R. Keirstead - Dec. 3, 1932 - b. 568 p. 463
Edward C. & Mary W. Ellis - June 5, 1943 - b. 658 p. 342
Edward C. Ellis estate, Helen A. Watkinson, Extr - 2013
Robert H. & Helen A. Watkinson - Feb. 26, 2013 - b. 13360 p. 307
Leif & Paula L. Eriksen - Aug. 30, 2013 - b. 13619 p. 313

Inventory Data:

StreetMorton St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NamePike Company employee housing
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Datemid-late 1800's
SourceERDS, ENRDL, AHS file, njs, style
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage/barn
Major AlterationsSouth wing and barn
Conditionexcellent
Acreage0.589 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel40-77
Recorded bySean Croft, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered6/11/91, updated 4/15/2015

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