284 Marlborough was designed by Ware and Van Brunt, architects, and built in 1872 for builder and contractor George Martin Gibson, probably for speculative sale, one of five contiguous houses (284-286-288-290-292 Marlborough) designed as a symmetrical composition: 284 and 292 Marlborough are mirror images of each other, each with a bay-windowed tower; they flank 286-288-290 Marlborough, which have stepped (curvilinear) Dutch-style gables.
G. M. Gibson is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 284-292 Marlborough, dated April 16, 1872, and on the final inspection report, dated October 17, 1872.
By 1873, 284 Marlborough was the home of George Hamilton Perkins and Anna (Weld) Perkins. Anna Perkins’s half-brother, George Walker Weld, is shown as the owner on the 1874 Hopkins map, and Anna Perkins is shown as the owner on the 1883 Bromley map.
George Perkins was a Commander in the US Navy and served as the Lighthouse Inspector for the Second District. He later would be promoted to Captain and then to Commodore.
They continued to live there during the 1884-1885 winter season, but moved soon thereafter to 123 Commonwealth.
By the 1885-1886 winter season, 284 Marlborough was the home of Dr. William Henry Howe Hastings and his wife, Maria (Davis) Hastings. They previously had lived at 128 Charles. Maria Hastings is shown as the owner of 284 Marlborough on the 1888, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps.
William H. H. Hastings was a physician and served as Superintendent of the Boston Dispensary.
He died in February of 1900. Maria Hastings continued to live at 284 Marlborough during the 1900-1901 winter season, but moved thereafter to the Marlborough at 416 Marlborough. She continued to be shown as the owner of 284 Marlborough on the 1908 Bromley map.
By the 1902-1903 winter season, 284 Marlborough was the home of wool merchant Samuel Gibson Adams and his wife, Abbie Louise (Fisher) Clapp Adams. They previously had lived at 174 Townsend. Two of Abbie Adams’s sons by her previous marriage, to Erstene Follen Clapp, lived with them: Charles Erstene Clapp, a stockbroker, and Joseph Albert Clapp.
The Adamses continued to live at 284 Marlborough during the 1904-1905 season, but moved thereafter to 475 Beacon.
By the 1906-1907 winter season, it was the home of Francis Bacon Sears and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Sparhawk) Sears. They previously had lived at 104 Marlborough. He was a banker and also served as treasurer of several cotton mills in Georgia and South Carolina.
They continued to live at 284 Marlborough in 1910, joined by their son-in-law and daughter, attorney Henry Endicott, Jr. and Katharine (Sears) Endicott. By 1911, the Searses and the Endicotts had moved to 250 Commonwealth.
By the 1910-1911 winter season, 284 Marlborough was the home of Edward Hobart and his wife, Mabel Howard (Kimball) Hobart. Mabel K. Hobart is shown as the owner on the 1912, 1917, 1928, and 1938 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in East Bridgewater where he was treasurer of the Carver Cotton Gin Company.
Edward Hobart died in December of 1936. Mabel Hobart continued to live at 284 Marlborough. In September of 1944, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the interior to accommodate a “Shepard Home Lift” operating from the first to the second floor.
By 1948, 284 Marlborough was the home and medical office of Dr. Eveline B. Lyle, a physician, who operated the property as a lodging house. She previously had lived in Brookline. She continued to live and maintain her office there, and operate it as a lodging house, until about 1951.
By 1952, 284 Marlborough was the home of James Costello and his wife, Margaret (McDonald) Costello, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 240 Marlborough, where they also operated a lodging house. They continued to live there until 1954, when they moved to 246 Marlborough.
By 1956, 284 Marlborough was owned by Dominic J. Saraceno. In October of 1956, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into ten apartments.
The property changed hands. It remained an apartment house in 2014.