303 Beacon was designed and built ca. 1871 by Frederick B. Pope for speculative sale, one of fourteen contiguous houses (303-305-307-309-311-313-315-317-319-321-323-325-327-329 Beacon) he designed and built between 1871 and 1874. 303-305 Beacon are designed as a symmetrical pair. An additional story was added to 303 Beacon by 1918 (it is shown as being five stories in a September 10, 1918, inspection report whereas 305 Beacon is shown as being four stories in an inspection report dated the same day).
By 1873, it was the home of John Hicks Rogers and his wife Lucy Catherine (Smith) Rogers. In 1872, they had lived at 15 Kingston. He is shown as the owner of 303 Beacon on the 1874 Hopkins map, and on the 1883 and 1888 Bromley maps.
John Rogers was a shoe and leather dealer and also president of the Freeman’s National Bank.
Lucy Rogers died in September of 1874. John Rogers continued to live at 303 Beacon with their unmarried children: Catharine Langdon Rogers; Henry Munroe Rogers, an attorney; Langdon S. Rogers, a salesman; Clara Bates Rogers; and Lucy Sumner Rogers.
Henry Rogers married in April of 1878 to Clara Kathleen Barnett and they moved to 309 Beacon. Langdon Rogers continued to live at 303 Beacon until shortly before his death (in Philadelphia) in February of 1884.
By 1889, it was the home of James Ripley Hooper, a dry goods commission merchant, and his wife, Gertrude Fellowes (Williams) Hooper. They previously had lived in the Longwood district of Brookline. He is shown as the owner of 33 Beacon on the 1890 and 1898 Bromley maps.
In April of 1906, Dr. Walter Clarke Howe, a surgeon, and his wife Amelia Maria (Ely) Howe, purchased 303 Beacon from James and Gertrude Hooper.
The Hoopers appear to have continued to live at 303 Beacon during the 1906-1907 winter season (they are listed there in the 1907 Blue Book), but moved soon thereafter to 478 Beacon.
By the 1907-1908 winter season, 303 Beacon was the home of Walter and Amelia Howe; he also maintained his medical offices there. In 1907, they had lived at the Hotel Westminster (southeast corner of St. James and Trinity Place) and he had maintained his offices at 101 Newbury. Amelia E. Howe is shown as the owner on the 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.
Walter Howe died in August of 1931, and Amelia Howe died in November of 1932.
By 1933, it was the home of Miss Elizabeth Preitenwieser, who operated it as a lodging house. She continued to live there in 1935, but had moved to 223 Beacon by 1936.
By 1935, 303 Beacon was owned by the Suffolk Savings Bank. In May of 1935, the bank applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into six apartments.
The property changed hands and in October of 1975 was purchased by G & M Associates, Inc. It already owned 305 Beacon.
In December of 1986, Maureen C. Mitchell-Irwin purchased 303 and 305 Beacon from G & M. Associates, Inc. On the same day, she transferred both properties to the 664 Massachusetts Avenue Trust, with herself as trustee. In August of 2002, Christopher Mitchell, trustee of the Mitchell Realty Trust (formerly the 664 Massachusetts Realty Trust), transferred 303 Beacon to the Mitchell 303 Beacon Street LLC.
303 Beacon remained an apartment building, assessed as a four- to six-family dwelling, in 2014.