254 Marlborough

254 Marlborough (2013)

254 Marlborough (2013)

24' x 112' (2,688 sf)

24′ x 112′ (2,688 sf)

254 Marlborough is located on the south side of Marlborough, between Exeter and Fairfield, with 252 Marlborough to the east and 256 Marlborough to the west.

254 Marlborough was built in 1887 by Silas Whiton Merrill, a builder, for speculative sale, one of three contiguous houses (254-256-258 Marlborough).  He is shown as the owner and builder on the original building permit applications for all three houses, each dated April 14, 1887.  He also is shown as the owner on the final building inspection reports for all three houses, all dated May 9, 1888, with David L. Rand, mason, shown as the builder.  Neither the applications nor the inspection reports indicate an architect.  Silas Merrill is also shown as the owner of all three houses on the 1888 Bromley map.

By the 1889-1890 winter season, 254 Marlborough was the home of Gustav Stellwag and his wife, Susan Goodman (Clark) Stellwag.  Susan Stellwag is shown as the owner on 1890, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps.  Gustav Stellwag was treasurer of the Boston Clock Company.

They continued to live there in 1898.  By 1899, they had moved to New York City, and in the early 1900s, they maintained a home at 2 Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

Second floor plan of 254 Marlborough, bound with the final building inspection report, 9May1888 (v. 23, p. 103); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

Second floor plan of 254 Marlborough, bound with the final building inspection report, 9May1888 (v. 23, p. 103); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

During the 1898-1899 winter season, 254 Marlborough was the home of banker William Pratt Lyman and his wife Helen (Beeckman) Lyman.  They previously had lived at the Hotel Berkeley (southeast corner of Berkeley and Boylston) and prior to that, during the 1895-1896 season, at 292 Marlborough.  They also maintained a summer home in Nahant.  By the 1899-1900 season, they had moved to 435 Beacon.

By the 1899-1900 winter season, 254 Marlborough was the home of banker Henry Sturgis Grew, II, and his wife, Ethel Gertrude (Hooper) Grew.  They previously had lived in an apartment at 330 Dartmouth.  They also maintained a summer home in Manchester.

In the fall of 1902, the house was purchased from Susan Stellwag by Henry Grew’s father, dry goods commission merchant Edward Sturgis Grew.  The transaction was reported by the Boston Globe on October 2, 1902.  He continued to own the house until his death in January of 1916, after which it became Henry Grew’s property.  Edward Grew is shown as the owner on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps, and Henry Grew is shown as the owner on the 1928 and 1938 maps.

Henry Grew died in July of 1953.  Ethel Grew continued to live at 254 Marlborough until her death in January of 1970.

By 1971, 254 Marlborough was owned by Residential Associates of the Back Bay.  In April of 1971, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into three apartments.  In January of 1972, the three units were converted into condominiums.