298 Beacon

298 Beacon (2013)

298 Beacon (2013)

Lot 24' x 150' (3,600 sf)

Lot 24′ x 150′ (3,600 sf)

298 Beacon is located on the north side of Beacon, between Exeter and Fairfield, with 296 Beacon to the east and 300 Beacon to the west.

298 Beacon was built ca. 1871 by Bourn & Leavitt, a partnership of carpenters Robert Tower Bourn (Bourne) and William Leavitt.  They are shown as the owners on the 1874 Hopkins map.

The house was not listed in the 1870, 1872, and 1875 City Directories, nor was it listed in the 1876-1879 Blue Books.

By 1880, it was the home of attorney Lewis Stackpole Dabney and his wife Clara (Bigelow) Dabney.  In 1878, they had lived at 131 Mt. Vernon.  R. Dabney (his mother, Roxanna (Stackpole) Dabney) is shown as the owner of 298 Beacon on the 1883 Bromley map, and Lewis S. Dabney is shown on the 1888, 1898, and 1908 maps.

298 Beacon (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

The Dabneys’ three children lived with them: Frederick Lewis Dabney, Caroline Miller Dabney, and George Bigelow Dabney.

Clara Dabney died in October of 1899.  Lewis Dabney continued to live at 298 Beacon with their children.

Frederick Dabney, a stockbroker, married in April of 1900 to Elizabeth Elliot Fay.  After their marriage, they moved to 199 Bay State Road.

Caroline Dabney married in November of 1906 to Augustin Hamilton Parker, a banker and broker.  After their marriage, they lived with her father at 298 Beacon, but moved soon thereafter to Dover.

Lewis Dabney died in May of 1908.

George Dabney, a lawyer and stockbroker, continued to live at 298 Beacon.  By the 1908-1909 winter season, he was joined by his brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Elizabeth (Fay) Dabney, who moved there from 199 Bay State Road.  Frederick L. Dabney is shown as the owner of 298 Beacon on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps.

Elizabeth Dabney died in September of 1911.  Frederick Dabney continued to live at 298 Beacon with their sons, Frederick, Jr., and Thomas.  His brother, George, continued to live with him.

Frederick Dabney died in November of 1920.  In June of 1921, George Dabney married Mary Fay, the sister of Frederick Dabney’s deceased wife.  After their marriage, they lived at 298 Beacon with Frederick Dabney’s sons, Frederick, Jr., and Thomas, until about 1928.  They also maintained a summer home in Wareham.  Frederick Dabney’s Heirs are shown as the owners of 298 Beacon on the 1928 Bromley map.

In February of 1928, Frederick Dabney, Jr., married Beatrice Whistler Howell, and moved to Dover, Massachusetts.  By 1929, George and Mary Dabney had moved to Medfield, and Thomas Dabney had moved with them.

By 1930, 298 Beacon was the home of attorney Robert Hermann Otto Schulz and his wife, Helen Louise Hendrick (Clay) Hartford Schulz.  They also maintained a homes in Dedham and in Squam Lake, New Hampshire.

The house was owned by a trust established under the will of Robert Schulz’s first wife, Louise Nanette (Schrafft) Schulz, who had died in May of 1924.

Robert and Helen Schulz continued to live 298 Beacon until the early 1940s.

In September of 1941, Henry J. O’Meara purchased 298 Beacon from the trust established by Louise Schulz (the trustees of which were the United States Trust Company and her son, Robert William Schrafft Schulz).

By 1942, 298 Beacon was the home of Mrs. Donalda (Donelda) A. (Myette) O’Connor Bacon (called Donalda O’Connor), the former wife of Jeremiah Joseph O’Connor and of George Bacon.  Her daughter, Violet (O’Connor) Andrew, the former wife of John Andrew, Jr., lived with her.  They previously had lived in Providence where she had operated a lodging house.

In January of 1942, she filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house.  Soon thereafter, she moved back to Providence and resumed operating a lodging house there.  In September of 1948, she was murdered by one of her lodgers who had become infatuated with her.

By 1943, 298 Beacon was the home of Charles Elliot Worden, Sr., a real estate broker and justice of the peace, and his wife, Effie (Dilworth) Vincent Worden.  They previously had lived at 1751 Washington.  In February of 1947, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a second story to an existing one-story ell at the rear of the property.  The property remained a lodging house.

By 1974, 298 Beacon was owned by Santa M. Fruggiero.  In August of 1974, he was cited by the Building Department for failing to change the legal occupancy from a lodging house to eight apartments, a condition which the Assessing Department indicated had existed since at least 1955.

In July of 1974, Michael Joseph Callahan and his wife, Frances Madeline (Little) Callahan, purchased 298 Beacon from Santa Fruggiero.  They lived at 23 Southmere Road in Mattapan.  In October of 1974, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as eight apartments.  The Callahans subsequently moved to one of the apartments.

Frances Callahan died in September of 1987 and Michael Callahan died in February of 2002.

298 Beacon remained an apartment building, owned by the Michael Callahan estate, in 2014.

On March 26, 2014, the building was severely damaged by a fire caused from welding at 296 Beacon.  Two Boston firefighters were killed and several others injured.

In June of 2014, 298 Beacon was purchased from the Callahan estate by Hexagon LLC.