282 Marlborough is located on the SW corner of Marlborough and Fairfield, with 276 Marlborough (16 Fairfield) to the east, across Fairfield, 284 Marlborough to the west, 5 Fairfield to the north, across Marlborough, and 7 Fairfield to the south.
282 Marlborough was designed by Ware and Van Brunt, architects, and built ca. 1872 for builder and contractor George Martin Gibson, probably for speculative sale. At about the same time, Ware and Van Brunt also designed six additional houses for George Gibson, 7-9 Fairfield (contiguous with 282 Marlborough but in a different style) and 284-286-288-290-292 Marlborough.
Robert Treat Paine, Jr., is shown as the owner of 282 Marlborough on the 1874 Hopkins map. He lived at 6 Mt. Vernon Place.
By 1878, it was the home of James Lee, Jr. and his wife, Frances (Van Dusen) Lee. They had lived at 122 Commonwealth in 1877. He was owner of the Middlesex Bleachery.
He died in April of 1878, and by 1879, Frances Lee had moved to the Hotel Agassiz at 191 Commonwealth.
By 1879, 282 Marlborough was the home of H. P. Wilbur and T. F. Patterson, probably commission merchant Hannibal Prescott Wilbur and his wife, Hattie (Wyman) Wilbur, and Thomas F. Patterson and his wife, Flora (Wilbur) Patterson. The Wilburs lived in Neponset in 1878, and the Pattersons lived in Jamaica Plain in 1878.
They continued to live at 282 Marlborough during the 1879-1880 winter season but moved soon thereafter. By mid-1880 (at the time of the 1880 City Directory), the Wilburs were living in Somerville and the Pattersons were living at 38 St. James.
By the 1880-1881 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Emmeline (Dabney) Paterson Stackpole, widow of Adam Paterson and of John Ward Gurley Stackpole, and her son, Dr. Frederick Dabney Stackpole, a physician, and probably their daughters, Emeline D. Stackpole and Roxanna Stackpole. They previously had lived at 299 Marlborough.
The estate of Dudley Page Cotton is shown as the owner of 282 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.
By the 1885-1886 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of insurance broker George Hayward Binney and his wife, Edith Barrett (Marsh) Binney. They had been married in October of 1884 and had lived at the Hotel Guilford at 220 Clarendon during the 1884-1885 season.
In March of 1886, they commissioned a new house to be built at 275 Marlborough, where they moved upon its completion.
By the 1886-1887 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Lelia M. (Long) Daniels, the widow of William H. Daniels. Their son, Alanson Long Daniels, and her sister, M. Emily Long, lived with her.
Also living with her in 1887, as lodgers, were Joshua Granville Nickerson, an oil merchant, and his wife, Anna C. (Bassett) Nickerson. They previously had lived at 356 Commonwealth, and by 1888 had moved to 17 Beacon.
Mrs. Daniels, Alanson Daniels, and Emily Long continued to live at 282 Marlborough during the 1887-1888 season, but moved thereafter to 378 Newbury.
F. V. Balch et al, trustees, are shown as the owners of 282 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.
282 Marlborough was not listed in the 1889 Blue Book.
By the 1889-1890 winter season, it was the home of Rev. John S. Lindsay and his wife, Caroline (Smith) Lindsay. He was Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Boston. They previously had lived in Washington DC, where he was minister at St. John’s Church from 1879 to 1887, and was Chaplain of the House of Representatives for two years during that period.
St. Paul’s Church is shown as the owner of 282 Marlborough on the 1890, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps.
Rev. Lindsay died in November of 1903. Caroline Lindsay continued to live at 282 Marlborough in 1905, but had moved to an apartment at 222-224 Marlborough by 1906.
By the 1905-1906 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Bishop Thomas A. Jaggar and his wife, Anna Louise (Lawrence) Jaggar. He was named Rector of St. Paul’s Church, succeeding Rev. Lindsay, in 1905. He previously had served as Episcopal Bishop of Ohio.
Bishop Jaggar resigned in October of 1907 and they moved from 282 Marlborough at about that time. They were living in Newton in August of 1908 at the time of Anna Louise Jaggar’s death.
The Proprietors of St. Paul’s Church continued to be shown as the owners of 282 Marlborough on the 1908 Bromley map.
By the 1907-1908 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Rev. William Howard Falkner and his wife, May Anna (Spalding) Falkner. In October of 1907, he succeeded Bishop Jaggar as Rector of St. Paul’s Church. Rev. Falkner died in June of 1909.
In September of 1910, Washington Butcher Thomas acquired 282 Marlborough from the Proprietors of St. Paul’s Church. He is shown as the owner of 282 Marlborough on the 1912 Bromley map. He and his wife, Caroline (Wadleigh) Thomas, lived at 20 Gloucester.
282 Marlborough was not listed in the 1910 and 1911 Blue Books. It was probably at about this time that the house was remodeled to eliminate the conical roof at the corner and add another story (it is shown as being three stories on the 1908 Bromley map and as four stories on the 1912 map).
Washington Thomas was an executive of the Standard Sugar Refinery, which had been owned by his father, Joseph B. Thomas, and later would become president of the American Sugar Refining Company. A major investor in real estate, in 1895, he built The Marlborough apartment house at 416 Marlborough, and in 1898-1899, he built the Hotel Cambridge at 483-485 Beacon.
By the 1911-1912 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Washington and Caroline Thomas’s son-in-law and daughter, Samuel Dennis Warren, III, and Helen (Thomas) Warren. They previously had lived at 261 Marlborough with his parents, Samuel Dennis Warren Jr. and Mabel (Bayard) Warren.
Samuel Warren was a paper manufacturer with his family’s firm, S. D. Warren & Company.
Washington Butcher Thomas continued to be shown as the owner of 282 Marlborough on the 1917 Bromley map.
The Warrens continued to live there during the 1918-1919 winter season, but spent the next two seasons at 20 Gloucester with Helen Warren’s parents, Washington and Caroline (Wadleigh) Thomas.
During the 1919-1920 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of banker Robert Sturgis Potter and his wife, Dorothy (Tweedy) Potter. By 1921, they had moved to 107 Beacon.
282 Marlborough was not listed in the 1921 Blue Book.
By the 1921-1922 winter season, the Warrens were once again living at 282 Marlborough. They continued to live there in 1924, but by 1925 had moved to his family’s home at 261 Marlborough after his mother’s death in May of 1924.
By the 1924-1925 winter season, 282 Marlborough was the home of Harrison Gardner Reynolds and his wife, Jean (Fletcher) Reynolds . They previously had lived at The Colonial at 382 Commonwealth. H. and J. F. Reynolds are shown as the owners of 282 Marlborough on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps. They also maintained a summer home in Manchester.
He was a manufacturer of silk hosiery in the early 1930s, and a banker by 1935.
Harrison and Jean Reynolds continued to live at 282 Marlborough until about 1941. From about 1943 through 1946, they were living in Washington DC, where Harrison Reynolds served in the US Army Air Corps, retiring as a colonel in 1946. After the war, they moved back to Massachusetts and he served with the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring in 1957. While they were in Washington, they continued to own 282 Marlborough and lease it to others.
By 1942, 282 Marlborough was the home of Louisa Blair (Rogers) Stanwood, the widow of Francis Manning Stanwood, who had been owner and editor of the Boston Journal and later president of the Hotel and Railroad News Company. Their unmarried adult children, Louise Rogers Stanwood and Francis Manning Stanwood Jr., lived with her.
282 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1943 City Directory and was not listed in the 1943 List of Residents.
By 1944, 282 Marlborough was the home of John J. McMullen and his wife, Rita (Fanning) McMullen. He was a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. They continued to live there until about 1946.
By 1947, Harrison and Jean Reynolds were once again living at 282 Marlborough. They continued to live there in 1948, but moved thereafter.
In the fall of 1948, 282 Marlborough was acquired from the Reynoldses by Julius J. Hensle, a manager with the Fuller Brush Company. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on October 10, 1948. His son-in-law and daughter, William Mahoney and Bertha (Hensle) Mahoney, lived with him. They all previously had lived in Wellesley Hills, where his wife, Louisa L. (Briesca) Hensle, died in April of 1948. Julius Hensle was the assessed owner of 282 Marlborough from 1949. They continued to live there until about 1955.
In late 1955 or early 1956, 282 Marlborough was purchased by Newman Preparatory School which used it for school classrooms.
In March of 1968, Victor S. Best, trustee of Best Realty Trust, acquired 282 Marlborough from Newman Preparatory School. Best Realty Trust leased the property to the Northeast Broadcast School. The school continued to be located there in 1988.
In July of 1990, Best Realty Trust filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property back into a single-family dwelling. On May of 1991, it filed for (and subsequently received approval of) permission to convert the property into three apartments. The application probably was filed in anticipation of the sale of the property.
In June of 1991, Gwen E. Mitchell purchased 282 Marlborough from Victor Best. In September of 1996, she converted the property into three condominium units, the 282 Marlborough Street Condominium.