8 - 10 Chapman Ave

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 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.

This house at 6 Chapman Ave was used from 1904-1915 as a boys fraternal house or Secret Society of Phillips Academy.
"Alpha Gamma Chi (AGC) AGC house was founded in 1904 by ten students: Zeus Benner was appointed their Faculty Adviser. The founders believed that the true function of a society should be "real interest in working for the school and scholarship". Their first house, called "Bill's", was located off "Bartlet Street", In 1915 they acquired a cottage on Salem Street so the society could be closer to the school and its activities. Legend indicated that this facility was no bargain but they stayed there until 1927 when they built their new Society House at the south west corner of Salem St. & Highland Road. (Benner House)"


Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Directories
Andover Townsman
Phillips Academy - Andover, Mass. by Rober Domingue - 1990 p. 45
8 – 10 Chapman 40-36 1 & 2 Lot #12 on Map 660 – See Map #15051

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
Arthur Heifetz – Oct. 1, 1935 – b. 593 p. 412 (Lots #4, #5, #12 & #13)
Andover Finance Company, Inc. – Apr. 25, 1983 – b. 1667 p. 340
Andover Finance Realty Trust, Howard D. Ponty, Jack C. Hyman – Jul. 29, 1988 – b. 2782 p. 137
James M. Harrington & Karen M. Fitzgerald
Mark E. Engelberg – Sept. 30, 1998 – b. 5194 p. 48
Emmy Property Development LLC, Mark. Engleberg – Oct. 29, 2004 – b. 9167 p. 60
Mark E. Engleberg –Feb. 2, 2005 – b. 9332 p. 96
Emmy Property Development LLC, Mark. Engleberg – Apr. 25, 2005- b. 9498 p. 177

8 – 10 Chapman Ave Condominium - – Apr. 25, 2005 - b. 9498 p. 178
Unit 1
Mark E. Engleberg - July 7, 2005 – b. 9623 p. 9
Gail E. Elliot – Mar. 29, 2006 – b. 10112 p. 154
Gail E. Elliot Family Trust– May 21, 2007 – b. 10785 p. 206
Donald R. & Pamela Walker - Nov. 7, 2012 – b. 13203 p. 53

Inventory Data:

StreetChapman Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present Useresidences - 2 family condos
Original Useresidence Phillips Academy Secret Society
Construction Date1879
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Architect/BuilderOvid Chapman
Wall/Trimcedar shingle/wood
Major Alterationsapartments to condominiums 2005
Acreage0.128 acre
Map and parcel40-36
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredApril 5, 2018