300 Marlborough

300 Marlborough (2014)

Lot 24' x 112' (2,688 sf)

Lot 24′ x 112′ (2,688 sf)

300 Marlborough is located on the south side of Marlborough, between Fairfield and Gloucester, with 298 Marlborough to the east and 302 Marlborough to the west.

300 Marlborough was built in 1878-1879 by Goldthwait & Chapin, builders, for building contractor Samuel Tarbell Ames, for speculative sale, one of two contiguous houses (298-300 Marlborough).  Samuel Ames is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for the two houses, dated September 16, 1878; no architect is indicated.

The houses were built on land owned by Samuel T. Ames’s son, Harvard law professor James Barr Ames. He had purchased both lots on March 1, 1878, from Carrie E. (Ellis) Evans, the widow of Franklin Evans. Franklin Evans had purchased the property on April 19, 1871, from the estate of Sidney Homer. The land originally was part of one of several parcels purchased from the Boston Water Power Company on January 29, 1866, by a real estate investment trust formed by John Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker. The trust had subdivided the property into lots, which it sold to investors and builders, who then frequently resold the lots to others.

Click here for an index to the deeds for 300 Marlborough.

On May 5, 1879, 300 Marlborough was purchased from James B. Ames by Emma Frances (Ober) Perkins, the wife of investment banker Aaron Ward Perkins. They lived at 26 Greenwich Park.

On November 13, 1879, 300 Marlborough was purchased from Emma Perkins by jewelry dealer John Anthony Remick. He and his wife, Lucretia Smith (Pillsbury) Remick, made it their home. They previously had lived at 309 Millmont.

Their three children — Eliot Wickham Remick, Ethel Bass Remick, and John Anthony Remick, Jr. — lived with them.

Ethel Remick married in April of 1899 to Herbert Emery Yerxa, a wholesale grocer, and moved to 1459 Beacon.  By the 1903-1904 winter season, they had moved to 300 Marlborough to live with John and Lucretia Remick.

300 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of the Boston Athenaeum

300 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of the Boston Athenaeum

Eliot Wickham Remick, a bond salesman, married in June of 1906 to Christine Louise Bumpus and moved to Hyde Park.

John Anthony Remick, Jr., briefly a landscape architect and then a banker and investment counselor, married in October of 1914 to Alice Hemingway and moved to the town of Marlborough.

John Remick died in March of 1924. 300 Marlborough subsequently was held by a trust established under his will. It continued to be the home of Lucretia Remick and Herbert and Ethel Yerxa.

Herbert Yerxa died in November of 1941.  Ethel Yerxa continued to live with her mother at 330 Marlborough.

By 1943, John A. Remick, Jr., had resumed living with his mother and widowed sister.  He previously had lived in Weston.  He was a widower, Alice (Hemingway) Remick having died in May of 1930.

Lucretia Remick died in February of 1943.

On November 21, 1944, Ethel Yerxa acquired 300 Marlborough from the trust established under her father’s will.

John Remick and Ethel Yerxa continued to live at 300 Marlborough until about 1959.  By 1960, John Remick had moved to an apartment at 299 Marlborough, and Ethel Yerxa had moved to an apartment at 4 Gloucester.

On September 27, 1930, 300 Marlborough was acquired from Ethel Yerxa by real estate dealers Stuart H. Hastings and Joseph A. Gautreau. In October of 1960, they filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into nine apartments.

On September 16, 1963, 300 Marlborough was acquired from Stuart Hastings and Joseph Gautreau by Thomas P. Le Bosquet.

On November 10, 1965, 300 Marlborough was purchased from Thomas Le Bosquet by Pierre Louis de Bourgknecht.

On July 2, 1984, 300 Marlborough was acquired from Pierre de Bourgknecht by Matthias B. Donelan, trustee of the Walden Realty Trust. On December 8, 1985, he converted the property into nine condominium units, the 300 Marlborough Street Condominium.

Matthias Donelan retained ownership of all nine condominium units until October 22, 1993, when they were purchased by Roy E. Mabrey, Jr., trustee of the Hat Trick Realty Trust.

The units changed hands and on October 6, 2011, were acquired by real estate dealer Edward J. Tutunjian, trustee of the Adams Street Realty Trust. On December 29, 2011, he transferred the property to the Bedros LLC, of which he was the manager of record.

On March 26, 2016, Bedros LLC removed the designation of the nine units as condominiums and on the same day the property was acquired by the Eleven Fifty LLC, Michael C. Lesberg and Susan Lesberg, managers of record. On July 18, 2017, Eleven Fifty LLC transferred the property to the Selmasson Holdings LLC., of which the Lesbergs also were the managers of record.

300 Marlborough remained an apartment building in 2017.

284-300 Marlborough, looking east towards Fairfield (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

284-300 Marlborough, looking east towards Fairfield (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership