291 Beacon was designed by architect Samuel J. F. Thayer and built in 1881-1882 by David Connery & Co., masons, and John Rawson, carpenter, as the home of Daniel Haridon Lane, a merchant tailor, and his wife, Susan M. (Winn) Lane. In 1880, they had lived at 305 Beacon.
Daniel Lane is shown as the owner of 291 Beacon on the original building permit application, dated August 20, 1881, and Susan M. Lane is shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, 1898. 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps.
Their son, Daniel Winn Lane, lived with them. He was treasurer of Duren & Company, distributors of typewriters, and later served as a member of the Boston City Council and the Massachusetts Boxing Commission. He was married in April of 1911 to Margaret McKenzie and divorced 1917.
Daniel Haridon Lane died in March of 1923, and Susan Lane died in March of 1925. Daniel Winn Lane continued to be live at 291 Beacon in 1925.
By 1926, it was the home of William J. Carlin and his wife, Emma A. (Meegan) Carlin. In 1925, they had lived in an apartment at 416 Marlborough. Emma A. Carlin is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map. The Carlins also maintained a summer home in Swampscott.
William Carlin was president and treasurer of the Coffin Valve Company, manufacturers of valves and fire hydrants.
William Carlin died in July of 1928, and Emma Carlin died in May of 1934.
Their two daughters, Katherine F. Carlin and Helen M. Carlin, continued to live at 291 Beacon, Katherine until about 1941 and Helen until about 1944. They are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map.
By 1947, 291 Beacon was the home of Mrs. Lucy Letitia (Purdy) Gilnor, the widow of Roy Gilnor, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 284 Newbury and, before that, at 86 Marlborough. By 1948, she had moved to 118 Marlborough.
By mid-1947, 291 Beacon was owned by the N. E. Trust Company. In July of 1947, N. E. Trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to install fire balconies connecting with 289 Beacon, which it also owned and also was a lodging house.
By 1954, 291 Beacon was owned by Herman Curtis Hazlett, a machinist, and his wife, Lexie Winsome (Miller) Hazlett, a nurse. They lived at 279 Beacon and operated both it and 291 Beacon as lodging houses.
In November of 1955, Jack Fay (Jacob Fagelman) of the Fay Realty Company acquired 291 Beacon from Lexie Hazlett. He continued to own the property until his death in August of 1996. After his death, 291 Beacon became the property of Jack and Nellie (Goldman) Fay’s children, Stanley Fay and Marilyn R. (Fay) Weisman, wife of Jason Weisman.
The property remained a lodging house in 2014.