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Northshore October 2015

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The Lanam Club Page 52 // Marini Farm Bakery Page 56 // Goats to Go Page 62 LIVE 52 | OCTOBER 2015 Ornate details and custom millwork are found throughout the Lanam mansion. IN THIS ISSUE BY JEANNE O'BRIEN COFFEY The Lanam Club keeps the social niceties of a bygone era alive. Luxe Appeal The Lanam Club in Andover recalls a time when adults dressed elegantly for dinner, children in short pants and pinafores gleefully slid down or- nate banisters, and men and women socialized separately after dinner. Many of the private social club's rules have been relaxed since it was founded in 1957—when it first opened its doors, it was a club for men only. But change comes slow- ly. When Lisa Ann Myers, secretary of the club's board of directors, joined in 1997, female members were still fairly uncommon. Even then, most of the women seen at the club were wives of members. These days, female members are commonplace, but a dress code barring jeans and shorts from the main dining room is still enforced and cell phone conversations must take place outside the building. "It's a throwback to when civi- lized life used to exist on the planet," Myers, owner of PulseCare Medical in North Andover, says with a laugh, adding that the recent decision to add TV sets to the bar area was met with much wringing of hands. The ambiance of the club de- mands certain decorum. It has been a gathering place for the communi- ty's well-heeled for nearly a century. The Lanam—an acronym for the sur- rounding towns of Lawrence, Ando- ver, North Andover, and Methuen—is housed in a mansion built in 1916 by industrialist William M. Wood. In his role heading the American Woolen Company, Wood was among the highest-paid executives in the country, and he spared no expense when constructing the house for his son. He commissioned crafts- men to customize millwork and photographs by Zoe Isaac Rousseau

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