6 Wolcott Avenue

Architectural Description: 

Other features: overhanging, decoratively shingled 2nd story; pediment gable; bracketed and balustrade front porch; rear ell has similar porch. Original shutters remain as built.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural, Community development

Historical significance: Very nicely detailed and balanced design. Restraint of massing is counterpointed by fanciful porches.
Well set in small Queen Anne grouping, introducing a Colonial Revival streetscape.

Wolcott Avenue was laid out in March 1902 by engineer John E. Smith Map #96. The street had 29 house lots and was a portion of the 25 acre Samuel B. Locke estate at 70 Elm St. The farm extended down to Maple Ave and was bounded by Walnut and Elm Streets. Anne H. Locke, wife of Samuel B., held the deed on Apr. 12, 1876. Anne sold off some of the first lots on the Ave before naming her daughter Florence M. Locke her Trustee on June 2, 1909. Florence then had charge of selling the remaining house lots. Annie and Florence had life tenancy in the Locke homestead at 70 Elm St.

All the deeds came with restrictions. Only one home per lot, either single or a two family. The home had to cost at least $3000 above the foundation. The cost was later raised to $3500. A set back of 30’ from the street and all garages in the rear of the property. By the 1920’s they restricted one story bungalows.
Wolcott Ave has a diverse mix of styles including modified Queen Anne, Shingle style craftsman, Bungalow craftsman, Four Square, Colonial Revival and Dutch Colonial homes.

This parcel "lot # 27 on the 1902 map 96 was sold to George A. Carter. The 1906 Map of Wolcott, unnamed at that time, lists this home as N. E. Russell. Nellie (Russell) Carter in an interview 1946, claimed her father, Henry Russell had this house built for her and presented it as a wedding gift. Note - [previously thought to be the bungalow across the street at #5. Her parents lived at #3.] Clerk's office records marriage between Nellie Russell and George Carter 7 Oct 1903. They lived at #6 Wolcott and this may have been the first house built on the street. The 1904 Directory lists George & Nellie at this home. George is working for T. J. Farmer who had a Fish market on Central St. then moved to Barnard St. George is a Baker in 1913, a Driver in 1916, a baker in 1920 and then a Janitor at Phillips Academy in 1930.

The 1920 Valuation lists Mrs Nellie Carter, 6 Wolcott Ave., House $2500, 1/8 acre $700. total value assessment - $3200. The deed was in George A Cater's name on Aug. 3, 1922.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
See plans #96 - Sam. B. Locke Estate - Mar. 25, 1902
1906 Map detail of Maple & Wolcott Ave.
Plan # 637 - Nov. 1925

Samuel B. Locke - Nov. 1, 1861 - b. 629 leaf 251
Charles O. Cummings - Nov. 16, 1871 - b. 12 p. 282
Anne H. Locke, wife of Samuel B. - Apr. 12, 1876 - b. 40 p. 37
Florence M. Locke, Trustee - June 2, 1909 - b. 274 p. 489
George A. Carter – Aug. 3, 1922 – b. 540 p. 203
Harriet W. Campbell – Nov. 3, 1945 – b. 678 p. 111
George A. & Nellie R. Carter – Nov. 3, 1945 – b. 678 p. 111
George A. Carter estate, Nellie R. heir d. Sept. 25, 1950 Probate
William L. & Marie F. McDonald – Nov. 9, 1950 – b. 743 p. 594
Joseph E. M. & Isabelle T. Colaneri - July 26, 1956 – b. 837 p. 488
Joseph E. M. Colaneri estate, Isabelle T . heir – d. July 8, 1970 probate
Isabelle T Colaneri & Marcelle I. Colaneri – Nov. 14, 2006 – b. 10492 p. 157
Isabelle T Colaneri estate, Marcelle I. Colaneri heir – d. Nov. 19, 2007 – b. 12537 p. 320
Mark H. Dowson & Jeffrey R. Donaldson – June 14, 2013 – b. 13510 p. 4

Inventory Data:

StreetWolcott Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameNellie & George Carter House
Present Useresidential
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1903 - 1906
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresnone
Major Alterationsno
Move Detailsno
Acreage acre; approx. frontage: 30'
Settingapprox. distance from street: 15'
Map and parcel38-218
MHC NumberANV.652
Recorded byW. Frontiero, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered28 Feb 1980, 4/21/2018