Andover Historic Preservation


historical narrative

Present owner Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Co. etal. Original owner American Woolen Company, original use as P.O. and office and commercial space including a grocery and meat market; insurance offices.Themes - Architectural, Community development, Industry, and Social/humanitarian.
American Woolen Company developed Shawsheen Village as the "Home of the Officers and Staff" and included residences, commercial space as well as mill buildings. This building, with its key location was one of the earliest public buildings completed. It housed the offices of John Franklin, Civil Engineer; Chester S. Patten, Builder, and the American Woolen Company Farms and Publication Office, in addition to the Post Offices. The third floor housed a community market, as well as an assembly hall and kitchen.
1992 Andover Preservation Award


The Town Crier - A directory of Shawsheen Village, Andover, Mass. C.1922-23
Shawsheen: The Model Community and the Home of the Officers and Staff of the American Woolen Company
Andover Townsman; May 7, 1920
See also: Bibliography - area form Shawsheen.

inventory data

Table: Inventory Data for 0 NORTH MAIN ST
Place: Shawsheen Village
Historic District: Not Applicable
Address: 0 north main st
Historic Name: "Post Office Building" - Shawsheen
Present Use: commercial offices
Original Use: P.O., commercial space
Date of Construction: 1920
Source: Town Crier, Business Dir. Of Shawsheen 1922, Andover Townsman
Style/Form: Georgian Revival
Wall/Trim: brick and limestone trim
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures
Major Alterations:
Acreage: 9,333 sq. ft.
MHC inventory number:
Recorded by: stack/mofford
Organization: Andover Historical Commission
Date: 1975-77

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