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Abbot Battles House

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Built  1809 (1809)
NRHP Reference #  82001905
Area  4,452 m²
Added to NRHP  10 June 1982
MPS  Town of Andover MRA
Opened  1809
Architectural style  Federal architecture
Abbot-Battles House
Location  31 Lowell St., Andover, Massachusetts
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The Abbot-Battles House is a historic house at 31 Lowell Street in Andover, Massachusetts. Built about 1809 as a farmhouse for a member of the locally prominent Abbot family, it is a good example of Federal period architecture, with later Victorian additions. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Description and history

The Abbot-Battles House is located north of downtown Andover, on the north side of Lowell Street (Massachusetts Route 133), a busy east-west through street. It is a two-story wood-frame structure, with a low-pitch hip roof and clapboarded exterior. Its main facade is five bays wide, with a center entrance sheltered by a Victorian-era porch. Ionic columns rise to an entablature adorned with triglyphs, and the porch roof is bounded by a balustrade with urns on the posts.

The house was built about 1809 for Jeduthan Abbot, a farmer who had married in 1805 and by then had two children. The house was built in part around the core of an older house, built c. 1700, which the previous owner of the property had removed part of. The Federalist facade of the house dates to Abbot's ownership. In 1838 Abbot sold the property to his son, from whom it quickly passed to Winslow Battles, who is identified by trade as a machinist. The house remained in the Battles family until 1950. The house's ownership history is indicative of the town's transition from an agrarian to an industrial economy.

References

Abbot-Battles House Wikipedia


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