227 Marlborough

227 Marlborough (2015)

Lot 17.25' x 112' (1,932 sf)

Lot 17.25′ x 112′ (1,932 sf)

227 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Exeter and Fairfield, with 225 Marlborough to the east and 229 Marlborough to the west.

227 Marlborough was designed by architect Louis Weissbein and built ca. 1873  for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., one of four contiguous houses (225-227-229-231 Marlborough), designed as two sets of symmetrical pairs.  In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting indicates that four more contiguous houses (233-235-237-239 Marlborough) also were built for George Wheatland, Jr., ca. 1874, but does not attribute them to Louis Weissbein.

By 1876, 227 Marlborough was the home of Massachusetts Attorney General Charles Russell Train and his wife Sarah Maria (Cheney) Train.  In 1875, they had lived at 4 Ashburton Place.  He is shown as the owner of 227 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.

Charles Train died in July of 1885.  The Heirs of Charles Train are shown as the owners of 227 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map, and James C. Davis, trustee, is shown as the owner on the 1890, 1895, and 1898 maps.

Sarah Train continued to live at 227 Marlborough during the 1888-1889 winter season.  In 1888, she was joined by Edward Dexter Sohier, a lawyer, whose wife, Hannah Louise (Amory) Sohier, had died in April of 1888 while they were living at the Hotel Victoria.  Edward Sohier died in November of 1888 while living at 227 Marlborough.

During the 1889-1890 winter season, Sarah Train was living elsewhere and it was the home Albert Enoch Pillsbury and his wife, Louisa Fuller (Johnson) Wheeler Pillsbury.  They had been married in July of 1889 and 227 Marlborough probably was their first home together.  Albert Pillsbury was an attorney and state legislator, and later served as Attorney General of Massachusetts.  By the 1890-1891 season, they were living at 583 Beacon.

225-227 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

225-227 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By the 1890-1891 winter season, 227 Marlborough was the home of Herbert Austin, an iron and steel dealer, and his wife, Virginia (Pegram) Austin.  They had been married in April of 1890; before their marriage, he had lived at 9 Arlington with his parents, James Walker Austin and Ariana Elizabeth Smith (Sleeper) Austin.  Virginia Austin died in May of 1892, and he moved back to 9 Arlington.

By the 1892-1893 winter season, Sarah Train was living at 227 Marlborough again.  She continued to live there during the 1898-1899 winter season, but moved thereafter to an apartment at Haddon Hall at 282 Berkeley.

In 1900, it was the home of the Trains’ son, lawyer and mystery writer Arthur C. Train, and his wife, Ethel (Kissam) Train.

The house was not listed in the 1901 and 1902 Blue Books.

By the 1902-1903 winter season, 227 Marlborough was the home of  Dr. Charles Sedgwick Minot and his wife, Lucy (Fosdick) Minot.  They previously had lived at 239 Marlborough.  He is shown as the owner of 227 Marlborough on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps.  They also maintained a home in Milton.

Charles Minot was a physician and professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School.

In August of 1909, John Sumner, owner of 225 Marlborough, applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a story to his home.  It appears likely that matching additional stories were added at 227 and 229 Marlborough at the same time.

Dr. Minot died in November of 1914.  The Heirs of Charles Minot are shown as the owners of 227 Marlborough on the 1917, 1928, and 1938 Bromley maps.

Lucy Minot continued to live at 227 Marlborough.  She also maintained a home in Readville.

In January of 1920, at the time of the US Census, she was living elsewhere, probably traveling, and 227 Marlborough was the home of Horace Binney and his wife, Marie Anne (Sorchan) Binney.  During the 1918-1919 winter season, they had lived at 166 Marlborough.  They continued to live at 227 Marlborough during the 1920-1921 season (and Mrs. Minot lived at the Hotel Vendome), but moved thereafter to 163 Commonwealth.

Lucy Minot resumed living at 227 Marlborough once again and continued to live there until about 1936.

225-229 Marlborough (2015)

225-229 Marlborough (2015)

The house was shown as vacant in the 1937-1942 City Directories.

During 1943, the house was occupied by the U. S. Navy, which used it for offices.

By 1944, 227 Marlborough had become a multiple dwelling, either apartments or a lodging house, or a combination of both.

Among the residents from about 1947, were Matthew Joseph Malloy and his wife, Ione Wilkinson (Lohr) Malloy.  They previously had lived in West Roxbury.  He owned and operated the Stratford School at 128 Commonwealth.  They continued to live at 227 Marlborough until about 1951.  By 1953, they lived in Newton.

By 1961, 227 Marlborough was owned by Romo Associates.  In December of 1961, Romo Associates and Mayfair Construction Co. applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a rooming house and three apartments into eight apartments.

By 1964, 227 Marlborough was owned by Richard S. Gallagher.  In May of 1964, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to add an apartment in the basement, increasing the number of units from eight to nine.

The property changed hands and in September of 1977, it was purchased by Walter Bryan Bruce and his wife, Deborah G. Eaton.

In July of 1980, the Eatons converted 227 Marlborough into eight condominiums, the Marlborough Court Condominium. The legal occupancy of the building remained nine units.