220-224 Marlborough is located on the SW corner of Marlborough and Exeter, with 16 Exeter (196 Marlborough) to the east, across Exeter, 226 Marlborough to the west, 11 Exeter to the north, across Marlborough, and 17 Exeter to the south, across Alley 426.
220 Marlborough and 224 Marlborough were designed by architect Frederick B. Pope and built in 1892 for Albert Geiger. 220 Marlborough was built as a six-unit apartment building, and 224 Marlborough was built as a twelve-unit building.
By 1895, 220-224 Marlborough were owned by iron and steel merchant Barthold Schlesinger. He is shown as the owner on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps, and also on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps (although he died in July of 1900).
On February 24, 1911, the buildings were damaged by fire.
The Barthold Schlesinger estate continued to be shown as the owners on the 1917 Bromley map. His widow, Mary (McBurney) Schlesinger, is shown as the owner of 17–19 Exeter (across the alley from 220-224 Marlborough) on the 1912 and 1917 maps.
In the spring of 1923, Smith P. Burton, Jr., purchased both 17-19 Exeter and 220-224 Marlborough from the Barthold Schlesinger estate.
In a May 6, 1923, Boston Globe article on the transaction, the properties were described as follows: “one building contains 18 modern suites, another six suites, and there is also a single brick dwelling.”
Smith Burton, Jr., is shown as the owner on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
By 1943, 220 Marlborough and 222-224 Marlborough were owned by Henderson & Beal. In July of 1943, Alexander Beal filed for (and subsequently received) permission to add a janitor’s apartment in the basement of 220 Marlborough. The permit application indicates that the building currently contains doctors offices and six apartments, and that “the doctors live in this building and have had their offices here for more than twenty years.”
In early 1947, 220-224 Marlborough were acquired by Louis Heller.
In September of 1972, 220 Marlborough and 222-224 Marlborough were converted into condominiums. As of 2014, there were eighteen condominiums: six in 220 Marlborough, six in 222 Marlborough, and six in 224 Marlborough.