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Central Street District

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Location  Andover, Massachusetts
NRHP Reference #  82000478
Added to NRHP  7 October 1982
MPS  Town of Andover MRA
Area  22 ha
Central Street District
Architect  Chickering,Jacob; Jenkins,William Stuart
Architectural style  Mid 19th Century Revival, Other

The Central Street District is a historic district encompassing the traditional heart of Andover, Massachusetts prior to the development in the later 19th century of the current town center. It consists mainly of residential and religious properties along Central Street, from Phillips Street in the south to Essex Street in the north. All of the listed properties have frontage on Central Street, even if their addresses are on one of the adjacent streets.

By the late 18th century, Central Street was already an important thoroughfare, connecting Boston and Salem to Haverhill and the traditional center of Andover, now North Andover. The first South Parish Church was built along the road in 1709, at the site of the present Romanesque Revival structure, built in 1861. The architectural styles of the houses in the district represent a cross section of styles from Federal to Colonial Revival, with none in particular predominating. The houses are generally of high quality construction, and represent their architectural styles well.

In addition to the South Parish Church, the district has two other churches. The oldest of the three is the brick Greek Revival First Baptist Church, built in 1834 by locally noted builder Jacob Chickering. The youngest is the Methodist Church building, a fine Richardsonian Romanesque structure designed by Hartwell and Richardson for a congregation established in 1835.

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


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