322 Commonwealth was designed by Bradlee, Winslow, and Wetherell, architects, and built in 1882-1883 by Vinal & Dodge, builders, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale, one of three contiguous houses (322-324-326 Commonwealth), and one of fifteen houses (322-326 Commonwealth and 338-360 Commonwealth) built on the same block for George Wheatland, Jr., in 1882-1884. George Wheatland is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated September 20, 1882, and as the owner of all three houses on the 1883 Bromley map.
In September of 1883, 322 Commonwealth was acquired by leather and hide broker William H. Sands and his wife, Frances Josephine (Smith) Sands. They had lived at 100 West Concord in 1882. Frances J. Sands is shown as the owner of 322 Commonwealth on the 1888, 1898, 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.
William Sands died in June of 1908. Frances Sands (called F. Josephine Sands) continued to live at 322 Commonwealth. Their unmarried daughter, Gertrude Savage Sands, lived with her.
F. Josephine Sands died in March of 1924. Frances J. Sands’s Heirs were the assessed owners of 322 Commonwealth through 1937.
Gertrude Sands continued to live at 322 Commonwealth (spending the winters of 1928 and 1929 at the Hotel Statler at 50 Providence, and of 1930 and 1931 at the Lenox Hotel at 61 Exeter). By 1933, she had moved to Roxbury but continued to be listed at 322 Commonwealth in the Blue Books through 1937 and probably spent part of the winter seasons there.
In August of 1936, William Sands Duncklee, trustee under the will of Frances Josephine Sands, filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into nine apartments. William Duncklee was William and Frances Sands’s grandson, the son of George and Edith (Sands) Duncklee. He was an investment broker and lived in Newton with his wife, Helen Duncklee (Sage) Duncklee.
William Duncklee, as trustee of the Sands estate, was the assessed owner of 322 Commonwealth from 1938 and is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.
In December of 1988, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 322 Commonwealth from nine to ten apartments. At the same time, he also applied for (and subsequently received) permission to combine it with 324-326-328-330-332-334 Commonwealth into one property with 63 apartments, to be known as 322-334 Commonwealth. 336 Commonwealth remained a separate property.
322 Commonwealth remained an apartment building in 2015.