60 Whittier Street

Architectural Description: 

Queen Anne style home, asymmetrical design, a mix of decorative shingle and clapboard sheathing. All original element on the front entrance porch and railings. Period color pallet enhance the detail work of the period.

Historical Narrative: 

60 Whittier St. (formerly #64) – 38-248 0.115 a – 5000 sq. ft. lot #8
Whittier Street was named after Nathaniel Whittier who lived at 10 Summer Street and much of the property along the route was part of his homestead. This street was an extension of Punchard Ave originally extending around the south and east side of the “Park” and through to Elm Street. All early deeds state Punchard Ave.
Andover Advertiser - April 24, 1858 The building of Punchard Avenue was let out to Auction on Monday to William Sullivan of Lawrence. Length one hundred fifty- five rods (155 rods), price $4.25 / rod. It is to be completed on the first of July.

The remaining Nathaniel Whitter estate at 10 Summer St. encompassed the 2 acre 151.4 sq. rod triangular parcel bounded by Elm, Whittier and Summer Streets. It was sold by the Whittier daughters to John H. Campion on April 13, 1900. Campion, partnered with Jacob W. Barnard and Barnett Rogers who sub-divided the parcel into house lots and sold them off beginning in 1900.

Early records list this home as 64 Whittier Street which was change to #60 by the 1940's.

James Christie Duval was born Oct. 27, 1868 in Champlain, NY son of Pierre Henri & Isabelle (Christie) Duval. His father came to Andover and worked as a Flax Dresser at Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. James was an assistant florist, at age 11, a fireman in 1895, then an asst. engineer at Electric Light Station, then for the American Woolen Co. James was living at 43 Whittier St. with his mother Isabelle age 68 and two sisters Adele H age 25 a teacher, and Effie age 28 a stenographer. James purchased this property on May 17, 1904 from John H. Campion & partners. The deed states with buildings.

James married on June 14, 1906 at Free Church to Widow Hope L. (Christie) Abbott b. May 15, 1862 in Andover, dau. of Thomas & Elizabeth (Brodie) Christie. Hope’s first marriage on July 16, 1884 was to William H. Abbot, b. 1861 on of Wm. W. & Mary Ann (Wood) Abbott. William worked at Tyer Rubber Co. They had two children; George Elliot b. Mar. 26, 1886 and Mary Elizabeth b. Apr. 1, 1892. William died on Aug. 1, 1904 age 42 of heart disease.

The 1910 census lists James, Hope and her two children George E. age 24, a house carpenter & Mary E. Abbott, age 18 a stenographer. James & Hope did not have children. James put the deed in Hope’s name on Nov. 30, 1914. Hope died on Aug. 11, 1928 and James was the heir. James would sell the home to Joseph H. & Eloise C. Higginson on July 15, 1940. James retied to 50 Carmel Rd. and died on Jan. 1, 1949.

Joseph H. Higginson was Superintendent of Marland Mills on Stevens Street. Their daughter Evelyn was a secretary at Dartmouth College.


Nathaniel Whittier – (see 10 Summer St.)
Nathaniel Whittier estate
Whittier heirs, Ann E. Higgins, Mary W. Dickerson, Hannah E. Whittier
John H. Campion – April 13, 1900 – b. 176 p. 580
John H. Campion, Jacob W. Barnard, Barnett Rogers – Apr. 13, 1900 b. 176 p. 581
James C. Duval – May 17, 1904 – b. 211 p. 549
Hope C. Duval, wife of James C. – Nov. 30, 1914 – b. 348 p. 150
Hope C. Estate, James C. Duval -
Joseph H. & Eloise C. Higginson – July 15, 1940 – b. 632 p. 130
Theodore C. & Irene M. Burtt – May 7, 1956 – b. 832 p. 470
William E. & Joan M. Hellman – July 10, 1969 – b. 1138 p. 14
Henry A. & Christine H. Young – Oct. 1, 1976 – b. 1292 -. 553

Inventory Data:

StreetWhittier St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic NameJames C. & Hope C. Duval House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1901-1904
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Foundationstone & granite
Acreage0.115 a. - 5000 sq. ft.
Map and parcel38-248
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 12/18/2019