Andover Historic Preservation

40 ELM ST40 elm st (click to enlarge)


architectural description

Federal/Greek Revival
Corner posts in rooms, attic low, cellar low.
E. May Shorten Bell writes: 1976 installed in kitchen, beam in lower area (sink), (beam from oldest house in Raymond, NH); Back hall (courtside) beams from old Arlington Mill; 1960 Porch (back) large beam taken from house torn down, now a parking lot next to church St. Augustine, Essex St.

historical narrative

In 1860 - 1910 ass. Book, George Chickering owner
present owner Shorten, Elizabeth May (married to Dr. James Bell in 1960) and Eileen - 1952
William and Eileen Shorten purchased and lived here 1918
Mrs. Smith lived here a few years c. 1910
Bell (1960). Themes; Architectural, Community development
Debbie E. Carter, Frank S. Carter, George A. Carter (carpenter), James O. Carter lived here 1897-1898
William Chickering married Fanny Noyes (born in West Andover, Oct.13, 1813) in Oct. 6,1836 and had five children:
George (survived) - supt. Of schools in Lawrence, educated and graduated from Punchard, att. Phillips Academy, grad from Dartmouth 1866.
William - town moderator 10 times (1858-1871), served on jury - on committee studying plans for new town hall (in 1918-1919 st.list).
Around 1910 Mrs. Smith purchased John Confec. Bakery in Musgrove Building.
1918 William A. Shorten purchased old eng. Type shingled barn, moved below to chickering ct. in 1932 a house made of it. Three stall cement block garage owned 1988 built on foundation.
Still living in house 1988 - E. May Shorten Bell
Eileen Shorten deceased in 1976
Barn now 4 Chickering Ct. (1932) (Mrs. Yako - before 1988)

inventory data

Table: Inventory Data for 40 ELM ST
Place: Andover Center
Historic District: Not Applicable
Address: 40 elm st
Historic Name:
Present Use: residence
Original Use: residence
Date of Construction: before 1830's
Style/Form: Federal
Architect/Builder: William Chickering
Foundation: fieldstone & granite
Wall/Trim: asbestos shingles, old clapboards under shingles
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures 3-stall cement block garage
Major Alterations: Water struck full 1965 Brick, new front ell 1976 Barn to back lot 1932
Acreage: less than one acre
MHC inventory number: ANV.176
Recorded by: Stack/Mofford/Bell
Organization: Andover Historical Society
Date: 1975-77

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