264 Beacon

264 Beacon (2013)

264 Beacon (2013)

Lot 41' x 150' (6,150 sf)

Lot 41′ x 150′ (6,150 sf)

264 Beacon is located on the north side of Beacon, between  Dartmouth and Exeter, with 262 Beacon to the east and 266 Beacon to the west.

264 Beacon Street was designed by Bigelow and Wadsworth, architects, and built in 1927-1928 as a six-story (described as five stories “above basement”) medical office building.

The 264 Beacon Street Trust is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated October 24, 1927, and on the application for permission to raze the original structure at 264 Beacon, dated November 2, 1927.

In 1948, the fifth and sixth floors were damaged by fire.

The property subsequently changed hands and in February of 1955 was acquired by the Lordonie Realty Corporation.  It remained medical offices.

Lordonie Realty appears to have been owned by M. Leonard Lewis, who acquired 262 Beacon in 1961 and 266 Beacon in 1972.

In May of 1960, Lordonie Realty filed for (and subsequently received) permission to change the occupancy from medical offices to medical offices and twelve apartments (to be located on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors).  In August of 1962, it filed for permission to amend the permit application to add an additional story, increasing the number of apartments from twelve to fourteen.  The application was denied, but granted on appeal.  However, it appears the additional story was not added. Plans for the remodeling and the penthouse addition, designed by architect Leonard Saroff, are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN R-229).

In August of 1962, Lordonie Realty filed for (and subsequently received) permission to change the occupancy to permit a pharmacy in addition to the medical offices and apartments.

In December of 2000, Lordonie Realty filed for (and subsequently received) permission to change the occupancy to 16 medical/professional offices and two apartments (the pharmacy having been replaced by a physical therapy office).

264 Beacon remained assessed as an office building in 2014.

264 Beacon (Demolished)

264 Beacon replaced an earlier house at the same address, one of two contiguous houses (262-264 Beacon) built ca. 1872.  They were built for Robert William Hooper, probably in his capacity as a trustee for a Hooper family trust.  Robert W. Hooper et al are shown as the owners of both houses on the 1874 Hopkins map.

By 1874, it was the home of Robert Hooper’s brother, Nathaniel Hooper.  He previously had lived with his brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Anne (Sturgis) Hooper, at 27 Commonwealth.

Nathaniel Hooper had been an East India merchant and later became a commission merchant in Boston.  He was a widower: his first wife, Harriet Rose Wilson, died in May of 1864, and his second wife, Emma Lincoln Bird, died in December of 1869.  Living with him were his son-in-law and daughter, banker Albert Gordon Bowles and Harriet Rose (Hooper) Bowles.  Also living with him were his other children: John Francis Hooper, who would become a dealer in furniture and Japanese goods; Jane Greene Hooper; Arthur Wilson Hooper, who would become a lawyer; Elizabeth Reed Hooper; Charles Rose Hooper; and Samuel Hooper Hooper, who would become a real estate dealer and investment banker, and later a wine dealer.

John Francis Hooper married in July of 1879 to Marie Allan Thomas, and they continued to live at 264 Beacon with Nathaniel Hooper.  Charles Rose Hooper died in September of 1883.

Nathaniel Hooper continued to live at 264 Beacon until his death in May of 1886.  After his death, his unmarried daughters and youngest son — Jane, Elizabeth, and Samuel — moved to 141 Beacon to live with their aunt, Eunice Hooper.

Lemuel Shaw et al, trustees, are shown as the owners of on the 1883 Bromley map (they also owned the empty lot next door, at 266 Beacon, which had been owned by Robert Hooper et al at the time of the 1874 Hopkins map).

By the 1886-1887 winter season, 264 Beacon was the home of investment banker George Cabot Lee and his wife, Caroline Watts (Haskell) Lee.  They previously had lived at 96 Beacon and before that at 196 Beacon.  He is shown as the owner of 264 Beacon on the 1888, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps.

The Lees continued to live there until his death in March of 1910.  After his death, Caroline Lee moved to Chestnut Hill.

264 Beacon was not listed in the 1911 Blue Book.

By the 1911-1912 winter season, it was the home of attorney Robert Treat Paine, II, and his wife, Ruth (Cabot) Paine.  They previously had lived in Brookline.  He is shown as the owner of 264 Beacon on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps.  They continued to live there until about 1924, after which they made Chestnut Hill their home.

In mid-1925, he sold the property to Frank A. Connors.  The sale was reported by the Boston Globe on July 16, 1925.

The house was razed in 1927.

North side of Beacon, looking east from Exeter, 276 Beacon in the foreground (ca. 1898), courtesy of the Bostonian Society

North side of Beacon, looking east from Exeter, 276 Beacon in the foreground (ca. 1898), courtesy of the Bostonian Society