180 Marlborough was designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1880 by Samuel Stillings, a carpenter and builder, probably for speculative sale, one of two contiguous houses (180-182 Marlborough).
Chadwick & Stillings is shown as the owner of 180 Marlborough on the original building permit application, dated June 7, 1880. Chadwick and Stillings was owned by N. Henry Chadwick and Oscar L. Stillings, the son of Samuel Stillings; it was a hat block and flange company that became a significant house building firm in the 1880s and 1890s. Samuel Stillings is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 182 Marlborough, also dated June 7, 1880.
By the 1881-1882 winter season, 180 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Samuel Jason Mixter and his wife, Wilhelmina (Galloupe) Mixter. They had married in August of 1879 and previously had lived at 219 Beacon with his parents, William and Mary (Ruggles) Mixter, and in Europe (their son, William, was born in Vienna in December of 1879).
Samuel Mixter is shown as the owner of 180 Marlborough on the 1883, 1888, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps.
Dr. Mixter was a physician and surgeon, and maintained his medical offices at 180 Marlborough. The Mixters’ sons — William Jason Mixter, Charles Galloupe Mixter, George Mixter, and Samuel Mixter — lived with them. William and Charles Mixter both became physicians and maintained their practices with their father. George Mixter became an electrical engineer, and Samuel Mixter became a bond broker.
William Mixter married in September of 1911 to Dorothy Fay and they moved to an apartment at 295 Commonwealth. Charles Mixter married in October of 1911 to Helen Worthington McIntosh and they moved briefly to 17 Exeter and then to 247 Beacon. Both continued to maintain their medical practices at 180 Marlborough with their father. George Mixter married in August of 1914 to Muriel Eaton and they moved to 5 Brimmer. And Samuel Mixter married in October of 1916 to Anne Dudley Williams and they moved to 41 Pilgrim Road.
By 1912, Samuel Mixter had acquired 182 Marlborough. He is shown as the owner of both 180 and 182 Marlborough on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps.
In about 1920, the Mixters were joined at 180 Marlborough by Samuel Mixter’s sister, Mary Ann Mixter, and niece, Dorothy Howard, the daughter of Daniel and Fanny (Mixter) Howard. They previously had lived at their family home at 219 Beacon. At about the same time, the Mixters’ son and daughter-in-law, William and Dorothy (Fay) Mixter, moved to 219 Beacon. They previously had lived at 42 Fairfield.
Dorothy Howard continued to live with the Mixters until the fall of 1921, when she traveled to Europe.
Mary Ann Mixter died in June of 1922 and Samuel Mixter inherited her property, including 219 Beacon and property in Hardwick.
In about 1923, Samuel and Wilhelmine Mixter moved from180 Marlborough to 219 Beacon (William and Dorothy Mixter moved from there to Brookline). At the same time, Samuel retired from practice, and William and Charles moved their offices from 180 Marlborough to 270 Commonwealth. Wilhelmine Mixter died in January of 1925 and Samuel Mixter died in January of 1926.
By 1926, 180 Marlborough was the home of Eliot Wadsworth and his wife, Nancy (Whitman) Scull Wadsworth.
An engineer and financier, Eliot Wadsworth was associated with the firm of Stone and Webster until 1916, when he resigned to become the executive head of the American Red Cross. From 1921, he served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, resigning in 1925 to return to Boston. He later served as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature.
While in Washington, the Wadsworths had maintained their Boston address at 382 Marlborough with his sister, Lucy (Wadsworth) Sullivan, the widow of Thomas Russell Sullivan. When they returned to Boston, they purchased 180 Marlborough as their home.
Before moving to the house, the Wadsworths had it significantly remodeled. The remodeling was designed by architects Bigelow and Wadsworth (Philip Wadsworth of the firm was Eliot Wadsworth’s brother), and built by F. L. & C. E. Whitcomb, Inc., contractors, and included tearing down and rebuilding the entire front with a street level entrance (instead of first floor entrance), rearranging the rooms at the entrance, installing a new chimney flue, and installing an electric elevator. Eliot Wadsworth is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map.
In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting incorrectly indicates that this work was done to replace the original house with a five-unit apartment building; however, the Wadsworths occupied the house as a single-family dwelling.
In 1929, the Wadsworth further remodeled 180 Marlborough to add an additional story to the rear bay. The remodeling was designed by Bigelow, Wadsworth, Hubbard, and Smith.
The Wadsworths continued to live at 180 Marlborough until about 1939.
180 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1940 and 1941 Boston City Directories.
In 1941, 180 Marlborough became the home of Theodore Francis Berghaus, a realtor, and his wife, Genevieve V. (Mahoney) Berghaus. They previously had lived at 13 Gloucester, which they had converted into apartments in 1936.
In March of 1941, Theodore Berghaus filed to convert the house from a single-family dwelling into ten apartments. The change was approved by the Board of Appeal in May, with a series of provisos, but the permit was subsequently abandoned.
In May of 1941, Theodore Berghaus filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house.
Theodore and Genevieve Berghaus continued to live at 180 Marlborough until about 1947, when they moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. They continued to own 180 Marlborough and 13 Gloucester.
In August of 1978, the Berghauses transferred 180 Marlborough to their daughter, Genevieve Patricia Drummey, a resident of Washington, D. C., the former wife of John David Drummey, a public relations consultant, author, and cartoonist.
The property subsequently changed hands, and in September of 1981 was purchased by James A. Magner, III, trustee of the 180 Marlborough Street Trust. In November of 1981, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into five apartments. In March of 1982, he converted the property into five condominiums.
In February of 1983, William Buckley, who had purchased Unit 3, filed for (and subsequently received) permission to erect a one-story addition on the existing rear ell.