30 Gloucester was built in 1880 by Frank Jones and E. S. Landes, builders, for building contractor William Seavey Rand, one of four contiguous houses (30-32-34-36 Gloucester) designed as a symmetrical composition and built for speculative sale. William Rand is shown as the owner on the original permit applications, dated May 26, 1880. The architect of the buildings is not indicated on the permit applications.
By the 1882-1883 winter season, 30 Gloucester was the home of mining investor Albert Smith Bigelow and his wife Mary (DeFord) Bigelow. During the 1880-1881 season, the Bigelows had lived at 10 Gloucester.
James Beal is shown as the owner of 30 Gloucester on the 1883 and 1888 Bromley maps. James Henry Beal was a banker; his son, Thomas Prince Beal, was married to Mary Bigelow’s sister, Ida. Thomas and Ida Beal lived at 36 Gloucester.
Albert and Mary Bigelow continued to live at 30 Gloucester in 1897, but had moved to The Tuileries at 270 Commonwealth by 1898.
By the 1897-1898 winter season, 30 Gloucester was the home of Jane Huntington (Watkinson) Norton, the widow of Rev. Frank Louis Norton. She had lived at 186 Beacon during the 1895-1896 season. She continued to live at 30 Gloucester during the 1900-1901 season, but moved thereafter.
By the 1901-1902 winter season, 30 Gloucester was the home of Linzee Prescott and his wife, Frances (Brown) Prescott. They previously had lived at 34 Gloucester.
Linzee Prescott was treasurer of the Atlantic Cotton Mills.
They continued to live at 30 Gloucester in 1904, but had moved to 413 Beacon by 1905.
By the1904-1905 winter season, Albert and Mary (DeFord) Bigelow had moved back to 30 Gloucester. They had lived at 351 Beacon during the 1903-1904 winter season. Mary Bigelow is shown as the owner of 30 Gloucester on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.
Mary Bigelow died in April of 1915, and Albert Bigelow continued to live at 30 Gloucester. Their son and daughter-in-law, William DeFord Bigelow and Helen May (Harding) Bigelow, lived with him and also maintained a home in Cohasset.
William DeFord Bigelow was a building contractor. He served in World War I from 1916 to 1919, first as a member of the American Field Service, organized n 1915 by Harvard Professor A. Piatt Andrew to provide ambulance drivers to aid the French, and then with the US Army Ambulance Service until 1919. After the war, he became president of the New England Oil Refining Company and then a real estate dealer.
Albert Bigelow died in September of 1928, and William and Helen Bigelow moved soon thereafter to 308 Marlborough.
Albert F. Bigelow (Albert and Mary Bigelow’s son) et al, trustees, are shown as their owners of 30 Gloucester on the 1928 Bromley map.
By the 1933-1934 winter season, 30 Gloucester was the home of Mrs. Annette Stuart (Shaw) Hill, widow of Ernest Lawrence Hill, a cotton mill executive. She had lived at 208 Commonwealth in 1932. She is shown as the owner of 30 Gloucester on the 1938 Bromley map. She continued to live there until about 1945.
The house was shown as vacant in the 1946 City Directory.
The property changed hands and in February of 1972 was purchased by Jose Leopoldo Romero, Jr., trustee of the P & L Realty Trust. On the same day, he also purchased 32 Gloucester.
He remodeled 30 Gloucester into a restaurant, Casa Romero, on the basement level, with a single-family dwelling on the upper floors, which became his home. 32 Gloucester remained a lodging house.
In July of 1974, the P. &. L. Realty Trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to combine 30 and 32 Gloucester into one property, construct a one-story rear addition 22.3 feet by 22 feet in size, and change the occupancy to be one restaurant and five apartments (with “the present street numbering to be retained”). He subsequently extended his restaurant into the basement of 32 Gloucester.
In April of 1980, Jose Romero sold 32 Gloucester. He continued to operate Casa Romero at 30 Gloucester, including utilizing the basement of 32 Gloucester for his restaurant’s dining and storage. In February of 1981, the new owners of 32 Gloucester applied for (and subsequently received) permission to continue the use of their basement for that purpose.
In May of 1981, Karic Corporation purchased 30 Gloucester from Jose Romero. In September of 1981, Karic Corporation converted the house into four office and commercial business condominium units, the 30 Gloucester Street Condominium.
Jose Romero continued to operate Casa Romero in Unit C of 30 Gloucester and in the ancillary space at 32 Gloucester.
In September of 1981, D. M. Doll, trustee of Tree Trust, filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into two restaurants and a single-family dwelling. Casa Romero continued to be located on the basement level and a new restaurant, L’Espalier, occupied two of the three condominiums on the upper floors. L’Espalier remained there until 2010, when it moved to the Mandarin Hotel on Boylston Street.
In December of 2011, the owners of the units previously occupied by L’Espalier applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert them back into two residential units.