Andover Historic Preservation


architectural description


Greek Revival built in 1858

historical narrative

Phoebe Atkinson (1858-1881) - first depositor of Andover Bank (now Bay Bank); killed her sister and fled to Stoneham
South Church: home willed to South Church upon her death in 1881; income from real estate to go to poor and needy female church members; account book of monies is in the Andover Historical Society Archives.

Ripley, George: 1882 purchased home from South Church (prominent Andover citizen)

Cromie, Samuel: 1907 willed to Mr. Cromie by Mr. Ripley

Abbot Academy: 1962 sold to Abbot Academy

Francis, Brian: 1975 home sold to this family

Sand, David & Jean: 1978 - sold to Sands (present owners)

1872 map shows on Abbot St.; circa 1870 moved from Sunset Rock Rd. near #65 according to John Sullivan (1994)



File at AHS
Phoebe Atkinson Account Book - AHS
Deeds - Salem, MA registry

inventory data

Table: Inventory Data for 17 ABBOT ST
Place: Andover Center
Historic District: Academy Hill NRH District
Address: 17 abbot st
Historic Name: Cromie House - Phillips Academy/Phoebe Atkinson House
Present Use: residence
Original Use: residence
Date of Construction: 1858
Source: Salem deeds, AH Society
Style/Form: Greek Revival
Wall/Trim: Wood shingles
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures 2-stall garage - 1950's
Major Alterations: Rear addition - 1979; porch - 1950's; porch opened to kitchen - 1994
Demolished: yes
Acreage: less than one acre; 5/8 acre
MHC inventory number: ANV.1063
Recorded by:
Organization: Andover Historical Commission
Date: 1978?/1994

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