85 Essex Street

Architectural Description: 

Brick, utilitarian building Neo Colonial.
Brick and granite block stone work on facade.

Historical Narrative: 

This lot was once the site of the Abbott Village Hall, a large building used by the village residents for meetings and social gatherings. Built by Smith and Dove about 1880 it was razed sometime after 1927.

A map drawn out by John Franklin, Civil Engineer in 1927 (#676) for the Smith and Dove Manufacturing Co. lists and numbers every property owned in Abbott Village by the company. The Village Hall is on this site at that time but deeds just after refer to the Village Hall formerly on the site. We have yet to find when the building came down and and how, razed or fire, but between 1927-1932.

The holdings of Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. were sold off beginning in 1927 after the company was sold to the Ludlow Co. The Andover operation closed in 1928. This property, sold by the Andover Homes, Inc., went to Virgin D. Harrington on June 7, 1932. Harrington then sold the property to Titus and Alice Corkum of Cambridge MA in July 19, 1932. They also purchased 5 Baker Lane and the Depot House at the intersection of Essex and Pearson St. at that time. Corkum held the property until 1940 and it is likely that he built the small brick building fronting on Essex St.

In August 1940 Corkum sold two parcels of land to Nellie May Palmer, wife of Calvin Palmer. The sale included this parcel and the Depot House lot with buildings.

Palmer held the property for five years selling to Edward & Margaret M. O' Hagan in January 1940. The O' Hagans owned and lived in their home at 1 - 3 Baker Lane.
Ed was a school fireman at the time of purchase. The deed states the property "as sub-divided" with a right-of-way to the property to the north. The plan map #2054 A done for O' Hagans in 1949 created the lot for the auto shop on the site today. On lot B shows a chicken coop and hen yard near the north boundary.

Phillip I. Gaudet purchased the property in May 1949 and held until 1963. Phillip b. 1902 and wife Bernadette b. 1905 lived at 17 Cuba St. Philip was listed as a general contractor in 1962 and it was Gaudet who built this small brick building as an office building for his business.

Gaudet sold to Armond DeRoche of Methuen on Jan. 3, 1963. Armond had the building for 22 years before selling to Robert (Bob) Selvitelli of Andover and Fred P. Kiely of Melrose in July 25, 1985.

Abbott Village Blacksmith Shop, 86 Essex (1981)
The "Country Gourmet" is listed here from (1983-1985) proprietor Susan Poore.

Selvitelli and Kiely opened "Andover Auto and Truck Services". Selvitelli enjoyed an excellent reputation for quality work and did a good business at this location. The property was placed in the Larchmont Realty Trust in 1985 with Selvitelli & Kiely trustee at that time. Bob and his wife Patricia "Pat", who was the office manager, retired in 2013 and sold their business after 28 years.

The Automobile repair business is now under the name of "Henry's Auto Shop" listed under 85 Essex Street LLC since Feb. 28, 2013.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Townsman
Historical Sketches of Andover, S. Bailey 1880
See Map #2054 lot A

Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. Inc. deed changes in 1864 and 1912
Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co., Geo. F. Smith, Pres. - Feb. 1, 1927 - b. 529 p. 587
Smith & Dove Tenements,Inc., Walter Amesbury, Pres, - Feb. 21, 1927 - b. 529 p. 587
Andover Homes, Inc., Walter Amesbury, treas. - Dec. 31, 1927 - b. 538 p. 354-356
Virgil D. Harrington - June 7, 1932 - b. 564 p. 546
Titus & Alice Corkum - July 19, 1932 - b. 565 p. 420
Nellie May Palmer, wife of Calvin - Aug. 8, 1940 - b. 637 p. 325 - two parcels
Edward & Margaret M. O' Hagan - Jan. 20, 1945 - b. 670 p. 536
Phillip I. Gaudet - May 27, 1949 - b. 723 p. 549
Armond J. DeRoche - Jan. 7, 1963 - b. 977 p. 299
Larchmont Realty Trust; Robert Sevitelli & Fred. P. Kiely - July 25, 1985 - b. 2011 p. 245
85 Essex Street LLC - Feb. 28, 2013 - b. 13365 p. 217

Inventory Data:

StreetEssex St
PlaceAbbott Village
Historic DistrictAndover Village Industrial NRH District
Historic NameAbbott Village Hall site
Present UseAutomotive Repair Shop
Original UseAbbott Village Hall
Construction Date1949 -1950
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/BuilderPhillip I. Gaudet contractor
Wall/Trimbrick / vinyl
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresAutomotive repair shop and garage added to the north and west side of original building.
Map and parcel54-47
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredMay 2014