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Arden (Andover, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Arden (Andover, Massachusetts)
Location in Massachusetts
Arden (Andover, Massachusetts) is located in the United States
Arden (Andover, Massachusetts)
Location in the United States
Location Andover, Massachusetts
Built 1845
Architect Chickering, Jacob
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Town of Andover MRA
NRHP reference No. 82004812
Added to NRHP June 10, 1982

Arden is a historic estate at 276 N. Main Street in Andover, Massachusetts, United States. It was the home of two of Andover's most important mill owners, John Dove and William Madison Wood (the latter being the founder of the American Woolen Company).


The site where Arden was built was originally occupied by the c. 1678 Josiah Barnard House, which was described in 1829 as one of the nicest houses of its time. This house was torn down in 1846 to make way for the construction of Arden. It was built for John Dove, a Scottish immigrant who, along with Peter Smith, established the first flax mill in Andover. The builder was Jacob Chickering, a leading local builder, who may have had design guidance for Theodore Voelkers. Dove's family held the property until 1891.

The buyer of the house was William Wood, who went on to found the American Woolen Company, and to develop the planned community of Shawsheen Village to the north. The estate is still in the hands of Wood's descendants. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


The 2+12-story wood-frame house is built with elaborate Gothic Revival style decorations. The gable ends are decorated with bargeboard molding, and the porches are supported by elaborate groupings of columns. The house also has a particularly elaborate port cochere.

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