6 School Street

Architectural Description: 


Very high style Federal detailing; obvious influence of Salem and Newburyport houses.

Historical Narrative: 

Present owner Phillips Academy. Original owner Andover Theological Seminary. Also used as faculty and headmasters' house.

Themes - Architectural, The Arts, and Education.

Samaritan House originally stood at the site of the present Cochran Chapel on Chapel Ave. The home was moved in 1929 (same time as the Stowe House) to the site of old Phillips Academy Main Building at head of School St.

Samaritan House received its name from the Benevolent Society of Boston which furnished funds towards its construction. The life of the theologists at Andover Theological Seminary was spartan and illness and epidemics were frequent. Local ladies formed The Samaritan Female Society of Andover to administer to their physical needs.

From 1826 -1829, this was also the residence of Dr. Elias Cornelius, Secretary of the American Board of Foreign Missions. Osgood Johnson, principal of Phillip Academy, lived here 1833-1837. After his premature death in 1837, his widow stayed on here, acting as nurse to the students until 1852.

Dr. Calvin Stowe and his family lived here in 1852-1853, while waiting for their "stone cabin" to be remodeled. The professor presumably stayed here before his family moved down from Brunswick, Maine. His tenure was not up at Bowdoin, before he started his new job as Professor of Sacred Literature at Andover Theological Seminary. Stowe solved this problem by teaching one term in Andover between finishing up his course at Bowdoin, leaving his wife at home in Maine to finish up her monumental epic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Although this novel was published before Mrs. Stowe moved to Andover, her "Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" was written during their stay at Samaritan House. This was a defense of her controversial novel, citing sources and proof for her fictional work.

Professor David Comstock lived here 1853 -1892, leaving to help found Hotchkiss School. Dr. Cecil F. P. Bancroft, a dynamic Phillips Academy headmaster, lived here 1892 until his retirement in 1901. His residency was followed by Headmaster Alfred Stearns. Stearns "was quite unhappy about the move of his home as he believed the Headmaster's House should retain its view across the Mall to the Memorial Tower. He finally relented and the moves took place in the summer of 1929."

Stearns' successor, Claude M. Fuess, preferred to live at Phelps House, so Professor Horace Poynter moved in here. More recently, it has been the home for Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Hulburd.


Andover Historical Society files.
Fuess, Claude M. "Andover: Symbol of New England," 1959, p. 316-317.
Goldsmith, Bessie. Historical Houses in Andover, Mass., compiled for Tercentenary 1946.
Jackson, Susanna. Reminiscences of Andover. 1914.
Paradise, Scott. Phillipian. June 4, 1930.
Domingue, Robert A. - 1990 - Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, An illustrated history of the property, including Abbot Academy.

Inventory Data:

StreetSchool St
PlacePhillips District - Phillips Academy
Historic DistrictAcademy Hill NRH District
Historic NameSamaritan House - Andover Seminary Infirmary
Present Usefaculty residence
Original Useinfirmary for Theological students
Construction Date1824
SourceGoldsmith, Hist. Houses
Architectural StyleFederal
Foundationstone & granite
Roofasphalt - hip
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresstables, garage at rear
Major Alterationsfront and side altered, verandahs removed 1919 moved to this location abt 1929
Move Details1929
Acreage2.52 acres
Map and parcel56-7
Recorded byStack/Mofford
OrganizationAndover Historical Commission
Date enteredAugust 1977