6 Chapman Ave

Architectural Description: 

Craftsman style home with gambrel roof which adds an addition third story living space. Horizontal fish scale rows inserted at every 8th row add visual texture to the gable end, break up the overall mass and delineate the roof peak. Slender classical columns on the front porch, clustered three at the corner and engaged at the house create a simple elegant look to support the roof but top off the enclosed heavier bottom enclosure.

Historical Narrative: 

This property was once owned by Jonathan Towle and contained much of the current Chapman Ave. properties extending from Main St. to Bartlet St. Jonathan Towle was born in Epsom, NH on Mar. 8, 1808, son of Benjamin & Betsey (Wood) Towle. Jonathan married on April 2, 1842 in Andover to Almira Emery b. Sept. 21, 1815 in NH. Jonathan & Almira had six children, three girls and three boys; Mary Elizabeth b. 1843, Martha Emery b. 1845, George E. b. 1847, Charles C. b. 1854 Anna M. b. 1857 and James Albert b. 1859.

In the 1860 and 1870 Federal census records Jonathan Towle is listed as a Railroad Station Agent. In 1880 he is a farmer. Jonathan owned several properties in the immediate area of Bartlet and Morton Streets. Towle sold off several house lot parcels. Jonathan died on Jan. 7, 1899 at age 90. Almira had died ten years earlier on Mar. 25, 1889. George H. Poor was the Administrator for Towle's estate.

Poor sells the property for $11,000 to Rose A. Chapman, wife of Ovid Chapman on Mar. 28, 1899. The deed states the property includes the homestead that Jonathan Towle had been living in.

Andover Townsman - Sept. 27, 1901 pg. 1 -The School Committee have leased for two years the lower story of the old Towle place moved from Main St. to Bartlet by owner, Ovid Chapman, and will utilize it as an overflow department of the John Dove School as a few necessary alterations and repairs have been made. (To hold the school Kindergarten)

The Towle house was originally located on Main Street on the empty lot on the north corner of Chapman Ave. Their home may be the house at 51-53 Bartlet and the attached barn may have been converted into one of the homes (#9) on Chapman Ave. By 1907 all of the houses on the Avenue had been constructed.

Rose A. Chapman held the deeds to the property on Chapman Ave and Bartlet St. Her husband Ovid Chapman was a developer in town and built several homes as income properties. Ovid is most likely the builder of most of the homes on Chapman Ave and at the Bartlet St. entrance. Chapman also moved several buildings to create new tenements. Chapman was a popular man with the students at Phillips Academy as he ran a restaurant, named “Chappy’s” in the building at 123 Main Street. He also built several homes and rented to the Secret Fraternal Societies of the boys at the Academy. Ovid died in Feb. 1918. at age 78. Rose A. Chapman owned several income properties until her death on March 28, 1936.


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

6 Chapman Ave 40-37 0.125 acre – Lot #11 on Map 660 1 family
Jonathan Towle -
Jonathan Towle Estate, George H. Poor, Trustee - Feb. 6, 1899 - Probate
Rose A. Chapman, husband Ovid - Mar. 28, 1899 - b. 168 p. 71
Rose A. Chapman & Harriett M. Chapman
Alfred R. & Mary C. Harris – June 20, 1929 – b. 547 p. 38
Lyman C. & Lena B. Cole – Sept. 15, 1930 – b. 554 p. 279
Lillie P. Larkin – Aug. 26, 1933 – b. 571 p. 344
Lillie P. Larkin, estate, Grace L. Larkin, hoer Probate #272973
James P. & Marie H. Flynn – Sept. 19, 1969 – b. 1140 p. 173
David M. & Janice L. Leo – Aug. 23, 1976 – b. 1289 p. 639
William A. & Andrea Clark – Jan. 11, 1979 – b. 1361 p. 126
John E. & Violetta G. Fowler, Lucy L. Fowler – Jan. 27, 1989 – b. 2879 p. 320
John E. & Violetta G. Fowler – Aug. 26, 1991 – b. 3306 p. 245
Prinary Closing Company, Apr. 14, 2003 – b. 8015 p. 153
John J. & Kelley A. Meade _ July 11, 2003 – b. 8015 p. 154

Inventory Data:

StreetChapman Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1904
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleCraftsman/Bungalow
Architect/BuilderOvid Chapman
Wall/Trimcedar shingle/wood
Acreage0.125 acre
Map and parcel40-37
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredApril 5, 2018