89 Elm Street

Architectural Description: 

Gothic revival

Historical Narrative: 

Themes, Architectural, Community development, Education

Enoch Frye 2nd once owned property along Elm St. (The way from North Parish to South Parish). David H. Atwood purchased the land from Frye on Apr. 18, 1853. He sold a lot to Moses Clement, House-right for $600 on April 15, 1854. We believe Moses Clement built the home and then sold for $1550 to George N. White, wife Mary Ann on Oct. 26, 1855.

Ralph Holbrook Chandler purchased the property on Feb. 22, 1858 which included 27 acres 35 rods. Holbrook Chandler, wife Margaret then convey to his father R. H. Chandler the house lot. Ralph Holbrook Chandler, a widower, died on Aug. 27, 1861 and his estate was Probated on Oct. 1, 1861. The property went to his children; Albonira P. Holbrook and Mary A., Emily J. Joseph K, Nathan, Sarah E., Frances E. and Laura M. Chandler. It appears that his daughters occupied the home until their deaths.

Frances Ellen Chandler, teacher in 1875 at old Central or Center School, a wooden building which stood on the open corner of Central and School Streets next to South Church. The school building was moved 1888 to127 Main St., now the Andover Shop.
Emily Jane Chandler and sister Laura M. Chandler occupied the home in 1910. Emily died on July 9, 1914. The Chandler heirs, now grandchildren, quit claimed the property to Laura M. Chandler on Nov.. 4, 1922. Laura was the youngest child of Ralph Holbrook & Phebe Chandler, b. Oct. 5, 1844. Laura died on Nov. 22, 1928 at age 84 years. She and her family are interred at West Parish Garden Cemetery in the oldest burial section.

There are no deeds from Laura M. Chandler's estate listed on the registry books. More investigation is needed to bring the ownership line forward to the present date.

1976 research lists: 1. Robert J. & Frances Hayden 1/23/1953 2. Dorothy Boomhower 7/22/1957, 3. Dorothy & John P. Boomhower 5/17/1968 and 4. George & Gail Harris 2/2/1973


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA

Enoch Frye 2nd - land
David H. Atwood, wife Fannie - Apr. 18, 1853 - b. 477 leaf 101 - land
Moses Clement - April 15, 1854 - b. 496 leaf 44 - $600 & $1550
George N. White, wife Mary Ann - Oct. 26, 1855 - b. 496 leaf 44 - house lot
Ralph Holbrook Chandler - Feb. 22, 1858 - b. 568 p. 43 - 27 acres 35 rods
Holbrook Chandler, wife Margaret to R. H. Chandler - Feb. 22, 1858 - b. 568 p. 43
Ralph Holbrook Chandler estate - died 1861 - Probated Oct. 1, 1861 - b. 421 p. 324
Chandler heirs: Albonira P. Holbrook, Mary A., Emily J. Joseph K, Nathan, Sarah E., Frances E., Laura M. Chandler
Laura M. Chandler - Nov. 4, 1922 - b. 468 p. 12
Laura M. Chandler estate - died Nov. 22, 1928 -

Inventory Data:

StreetElm St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameRalph Holbrook Chandler House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1853 - 1854
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Architect/BuilderMoses Clement builder
Wall/Trimaluminum siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresmodern garage
Major Alterationsremodeled, no date given
Acreage0.258 acre, 11,229 sq. ft. ;67 ft. approximate frontage
Map and parcel21-86
MHC NumberANV.182
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 2/10/2016