68 Salem Street

Architectural Description: 

Style: Saltbox (Colonial) reproduction

Architectural significance: good example of a Colonial reproduction designed by Addison LeBoutillier. The original blueprints remained with the home when the Martin family sold in 2008.

Historical Narrative: 

Historical significance:
Addison LeBoutillier was locally and nationally acclaimed as an Arts and Crafts Architect as well as a designer for the Grueby Tile & Pottery Company in Boston. He designed several homes and additions in Andover. His work also includes the Punchard High School addition in 1916, now the Town Offices building, Shawsheen School and most of the homes on Arundel St. in Shawsheen Village. His work typifies the craftsman aesthetic and is well regarded. See the LeBoutillier family files for more information.

The home was designed for Ernest Dean Walen and his wife Blanche Boober Walen. They purchased the lot on September 14, 1925 from Joseph H. Blunt who owned the home next door at 70 Salem Street. Ernest D. Walen was born on May 19, 1892 in Gloucester, MA son of Seymour Atchison Walen & Mary Etta Jacobs. Ernest became and engineer, married on Dec. 23, 1919 in Bangor, ME to Blanche Gertrude Boober, b. 1891 in Lincoln, ME daughter of Edwin P. & Virginia Boober. Blanche was a school teacher. They lived in Cambridge, MA where Ernest worked as an engineer for an Electic Motor Co.

Ernest became a Agent and Manager at the Pacific MIlls, in Lawrence, MA bringing them to Andover. Ernest later became Vice President of the mill after WWII. He was also President of the Andover Press in 1943.
Ernest & Blanche had three children; Edward D. b. 1923, Donald A. b. 1925 and Virginia b. 1928. Sons Edward & Donald both served in WWII, Edward in the Army and Donald in the Navy. The Walens owned the property for 33 years then selling to Joseph P. & Dorothy W. Holihan on June 5, 1958. Ernest D. Walen died on Jan 12, 1962 and Blanche in 1971. Both are interred at West Parish Cemetery, Andover, MA.

Joseph P. & Dorothy W. Holihan owned the property for 26 years selling in 1984. Joseph Holihan b. 1917 was a physician and Dorothy b. 1925 a housewife.

C Gregory Martin and wife Deborah Taylor Martin purchased the property in Aug. 1984. They owned jointly for 24 years then selling to John E. Mansfield on Aug. 29, 2008. Mansfield held for just two years before selling to Kasra Kasraian and Dana Helm in March 2010.


Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Historical Society: A LeBoutillier Files
Tyler Memories

Joseph H. Blunt - land
Ernest Dean & Blanche Boober Walen - Sept. 14, 1925 - b. 515 p. 404
Janice Tarlin - Dec. 28, 1948 - b. 719 p. 487
Blanche Boober Walen - Dec. 29, 1948 - b. 719 p. 488
Joseph P. & Dorothy W. Holihan - June 5, 1958 - b. 874 p. 12
C. Gregory & Deborah T. Martin - Aug. 3, 1984 - b. 1847 p. 214
Deborah Taylor Martin - Feb. 22, 1989 - b. 2891 p. 22
C. Gregory Martin & Deborah Taylor Martin - Apr. 26, 1993 - b. 3711 p. 126
C. Gregory Martin & Deborah Taylor Martin - Apr. 24, 2007 - b. 10751 p. 158
John E. Mansfield, wife Janet I. - Aug. 29, 2008 - b. 11300 p. 82
Kasra Kasraian & Dana Helm - Mar. 26, 2010 - b. 11984 p. 4

Inventory Data:

StreetSalem St
PlacePhillips District
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameWalen House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1925
SourceENRDL, Tyler Memories, Andover Historical Society
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/BuilderAddison LeBoutillier
Wall/Trimclapboard, varying sizes
Roofgable - slate
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage - 2 car
Major Alterationsroom on east side of house (done by LeBoutillier) 1928
Acreage0.676 acre
Map and parcel25-3
Recorded bySean Craft, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered26 Jul 1991, 3/6/2015