Andover Historic Preservation

56 SALEM ST56 salem st (click to enlarge)


architectural description

Style: Contemporary Suburban

Architectural significance: Modular house, sections combined on the site to the Leaf's Specifications. Margret Leaf chose and placed plantings and trees outside each of the many windows to create special landscape views.

historical narrative

Historical significance: 1959 street list: Munroe Leaf, writer (born 1905) lives here with his wife J. Margaret and son James (born 1941).

22 Nov 1991, oral history with Skip Eccles:
Leaf moved to Andover to enable 2 sons, James and Andy, to attend Phillips Academy and live at home. Munroe wrote and illustrated over 30 books. Two of his best known are "Ferdinand the Bull" and "The Wishing Pool". The latter was written from interviews with neigborhood children who would frequent the Leaf's swimming pool. Margaret taught landscape design and in her later years wrote stories, one of which is "The Dragon's Teeth".

inventory data

Table: Inventory Data for 56 SALEM ST
Historic District: Not Applicable
Address: 56 salem st
Historic Name:
Present Use: residence
Original Use: residence
Date of Construction: 1959
Source: visual analysis
Style/Form: Other
Wall/Trim: wood
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures attached garage
Major Alterations:
Acreage: 1.22 acres
Setting: residential
MHC inventory number:
Recorded by: B. Thibault
Organization: Andover Historical Society
Date: 1991

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