235 Marlborough was built ca. 1874 for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., one of four contiguous houses (233-235-237-239 Marlborough), designed as two sets of symmetrical pairs. In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting indicates that four other contiguous houses (225-227-229-231 Marlborough) also had been built for George Wheatland, Jr., ca. 1873 (he attributes these earlier houses to architect Louis Weissbein).
By the 1877-1878 winter season, 235 Marlborough was the home of merchant and cotton broker Walter Dabney and his wife Harriet (Larkin) Dabney. They previously had lived in Brookline. They continued to live at 235 Marlborough during the 1879-1880 winter season, but moved thereafter to 331 Beacon.
235 Marlborough was not listed in the 1881 Blue Book.
By the 1881-1882 winter season, 235 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Hamilton Osgood, a physician, and his wife Margaret Cushing (Pearmain) Osgood. They previously had lived at 499 Shawmut Avenue. Margaret Osgood is shown as the owner of 235 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.
They continued to live there in 1884. In 1885, they travelled to Europe, where Dr. Osgood studied with Louis Pasteur. They returned in mid-1886, after which they lived at 95 Mt. Vernon. He brought with him samples of the rabies antitoxin developed by Pasteur; these formed the bases for research and development of the antitoxin in America.
By 1885, 236 Marlborough was the home and office of Dr. Samuel A. Hopkins, Jr. He was listed as a physician in the Boston City Directories for 1885-1890, but by 1900 had become a dentist.
By 1889, attorney Charles Henry Fiske and his son, Charles Jr., also were living at 235 Marlborough, as lodgers with Dr. Hopkins. They also maintained a home in Weston. And by 1890, they had been joined by Edgar Allan Poe Newcomb, an architect, who had lived at The Pinckney in 1888. By 1892, Edgar Newcomb had moved to North Scituate. The Fiskes continued to live with Dr. Hopkins in 1892, but moved soon thereafter.
In addition to accepting lodgers, Dr. Hopkins also provided office space at 235 Marlborough to other doctors and dentists.
Samuel Hopkins married in the late 1890s to Harriet Susanna (Woodworth) Sherman, the former wife of Adelbert C. Sherman, and in about 1903, they moved to 49 Hereford. He continued to maintain his dental practice at 235 Marlborough.
After Dr. and Mrs. Hopkins had moved from 235 Marlborough, it became the home of Dr. Arthur William Doubleday, a dentist, and his wife, Nellie (Cotton) Doubleday. He also maintained his dental office there. They had moved to 313 Marlborough by 1906.
Harriet Hopkins died in April of 1907, and in about 1910, Dr. Hopkins moved from 49 Hereford back to 235 Marlborough, where he had continued to maintain his dental office. His adopted step-son, Woodworth Nathaniel (Sherman) Hopkins, lived with him.
By 1911, Samuel Hopkins was living at 49 Hereford again, but by 1912 he had moved back to 235 Marlborough once again. By 1914, he was living at 924 Beacon and 325 Marlborough was entirely medical offices, including Dr. Hopkins’s office. In about 1916, he purchased 400 Marlborough and moved his offices there from 235 Marlborough.
By the 1916-1917 winter season, 235 Marlborough was the home of Joseph Goddard Stearns, Jr., a widower, and his two unmarried daughters, Margaret Eldredge Stearns and Mildred Bangs Stearns. They previously had lived at The Abbotsford at 186 Commonwealth. He was vice president of the Old Colony Trust Company.
Joseph Stearns died in May of 1917 and his daughters moved back to The Abbotsford.
By the 1917-1918 winter season. 235 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Caroline Estelle (Mudge) Lawrence, widow of James Lawrence. She previously had lived at 79 Mt. Vernon. She continued to live at 235 Marlborough during the 1919-1920 winter season, but moved thereafter, probably to Groton where she died in January of 1921.
During the 1920-1921 winter season, 235 Marlborough was once again the home of Margaret and Mildred Stearns. In the fall of 1921, they traveled abroad.
By the 1921-1922 winter season, 235 Marlborough was the home of Miss Elise Dorr and Miss Mary Dorr, sisters. They previously had lived at 45 Commonwealth with their mother, Mary Louisa (Stanwood) Dorr, the widow of cotton broker Ellerton Lodge Dorr. She had died in January of 1921.
Elise and Mary Dorr are shown as the owners of 235 Marlborough on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
Mary Dorr died in November of 1926. Elise Dorr continued to live at 235 Marlborough until 1952.
In October of 1953, 235 Marlborough was purchased by James Vincent Adley and his wife, Rose Ann (McGovern) Adley. They previously had lived in Roxbury. In October of 1954, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the interior. At that time, the house was a single-family dwelling and lodging house. In August of 1959, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the house into a two-family dwelling and lodging house.
James Adley died in January of 1980. Rose Ann Adley continued to live at 235 Marlborough (and operate it as a lodging house) in the 1990s.
In January of 1996, Kim L. Flood purchased 235 Marlborough from Rose Ann Adley. In March of 1996, Kim Flood applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a two-family dwelling and lodging house back into a single-family dwelling.
The property changed hands. It remained assessed as a single-family dwelling in 2014.