192 Marlborough was built in 1881 by Samuel Stillings and Joseph Lancaster, builders, one of two contiguous houses (192-194 Marlborough).
Samuel Stillings, his son Oscar L. Stillings, and N. Henry Chadwick were shown as the owners on the original building permit application for the two houses, dated September 5, 1881. Oscar Stillings and N. Henry Chadwick were partners in Chadwick & Stillings, hat block and flange company that became a significant house building firm in the 1880s and 1890s.
By the 1883-1884 winter season, it was the home of Sidney Frederick Tyler and his wife, Mary Woodrow (Binney) Tyler. They previously had lived at 120 Marlborough.
Sidney Tyler was Massachusetts General Agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.
By the 1885-1886 winter season, 192 Marlborough was the home of wholesale lumber merchant George Howe Davenport and his wife, Camilla H. (Chace) Davenport. They had married in November of 1885, and 192 Marlborough probably was their first home together. He is shown as the owner on the 1888 and 1890 Bromley maps.
They continued to live there during the 1889-1890 winter season, but moved soon thereafter to the Hotel Victoria at 273 Dartmouth, where they remained until the 1892-1893 season, when they moved to a new home they had built at 460 Beacon.
By the 1890-1891 winter season, 192 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Henry Whitman Kilburn and his wife, Harriet Mason (Plumer) Kilburn. They had been married in April of 1889 and had lived at 130 Marlborough with Harriet Kilburn’s mother until May of 1890. He was a physician and ophthalmic surgeon.
The Kilburns continued to live at 192 Marlborough. John Kilburn, Henry Kilburn’s father, is shown as the owner of 192 Marlborough on the 1895, 1898, 1908, and 1912 Bromley maps, and Henry Kilburn is shown as the owner on the 1917 map.
From about 1906, Harriet Kilburn appears to have lived primarily in Europe, where they established a second home in Lugano, Switzerland.
Dr. Kilburn continued to live and maintain his medical office at 192 Marlborough. At the time of the 1910 US Census, he had several lodgers living with him. By about 1911, he had been joined by Dr. Torr Wagner Harmer, also a physician and surgeon, who specialized in surgery to the hand. They continued to live and maintain their medical offices there until 1916, when Dr. Kilburn retired and moved to Switzerland and Dr. Harmer moved to 496 Commonwealth.
In 1920, 192 Marlborough became the home of banker and broker Louis Bacon and his wife, Mary Rodman (Southerland) Bacon. In January of 1920, they had lived at 15 Marlborough. In July of 1920, Louis Bacon filed for (and subsequently received) permission to add a bay window to the dining room, probably at the rear of the house. Plans for the window (with no architect noted) are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN D-8).
The Bacons continued to live there in 1921, but had moved to the Hotel Vendôme by 1922.
By the 1921-1922 winter season, 192 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Elisha Flagg, a physician, and his wife, Eleanor Amelia Marguerite Cecilia (Shattuck) Whitney Flagg. They previously had lived at 199 Commonwealth. They continued to live at 192 Marlborough during the 1922-1923 winter season, but moved soon thereafter to 55 Commonwealth.
By the 1923-1924 winter season, 192 Marlborough was the home of leather dealer Henry Sherman Howes and his wife, Lillian (Marshall) Howes. They previously had lived at 88 Beacon. Lillian M. Howes is shown as the owner of 192 Marlborough on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps. The Howes also maintained a summer home in Chatham.
They continued to live at 192 Marlborough until 1949, when they moved to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where they were living when she died in November of 1949.
Shortly before her death, 192 Marlborough was purchased from Lillian Howes by real estate dealer Thomas J. Diab. The sale was reported by the Boston Globe on November 20, 1949.
In November of 1949, Mabel Kearns filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into nine apartments.
By 1958, 192 Marlborough was owned by William Neshamkin. In December of 1958, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to add a one-story, three room apartment at the rear of the building and increase the occupancy from nine to ten units.
The property subsequently changed hands and in May of 2005 was purchased by Marlborough Street Ventures, LLC. In August of 2005, it filed for (and subsequently received) permission to reduce the number of units from ten to two, and in February of 2007, it converted the property into two condominiums.