330 Commonwealth

330 Commonwealth (2014)

Lot 24.67' x 124.5' (3,071 sf)

Lot 24.67′ x 124.5′ (3,071 sf)

330 Commonwealth is located on the south side of Commonwealth, between Hereford and Massachusetts Avenue, with 328 Commonwealth to the east and 332 Commonwealth to the west.

330 Commonwealth was designed and built by O. H. Drisko & Son in 1888 for Charles S. Gill.  He is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated April 9, 1888, and on the final building inspection report, dated January 4, 1889.

In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting indicates that 330 Commonwealth was built in 1889 and designed by Winslow and Wetherell, and that 328 Commonwealth was built in 1888 and designed by A. H. Drisko.  Based on the building permits, he appears to have reversed the houses and misread the first initial of the architect-builder.  330 Commonwealth (designed and built by O. H. Drisko & Son) was built first, in 1888, for Charles Gill.  It was originally given the house number 328, but then changed to 330 Commonwealth when 328 Commonwealth (designed by Winslow and Wetherell) was built in 1889 for Isaac Edmands (who lived there after it was built).

Charles Gill was a ship broker and commission merchant, and also served as Belgian Consul.  He lived in Jamaica Plain and appears never to have lived at 330 Commonwealth.

Second floor plan of 330 Commonwealth, bound with the final building inspection report, 4Jan1889 (v. 27, p. 112); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

Second floor plan of 330 Commonwealth, bound with the final building inspection report, 4Jan1889 (v. 27, p. 112); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

By the 1888-1889 winter season, 330 Commonwealth was the home of dry goods merchant Robert Ferguson and his wife, Mary A. (Watson) Ferguson.  They previously had lived at 386 Marlborough.  Mary Ferguson is shown as the owner of 330 Commonwealth on the 1890, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps and was the assessed owner through 1904.

Robert Ferguson died in August of 1894.  Mary Ferguson continued to live at 330 Commonwealth in 1899, but by 1900 had moved to The Buckminster at 645 Beacon (at the corner of Brookline Avenue).

By the 1899-1900 winter season, 330 Commonwealth was the home of Homer Lane Bigelow and his wife, Mary Sanborn (Rice) Bigelow.  They previously had lived in Quincy.  He was a jeweler in his family’s firm, Bigelow, Kennard & Co.  They continued to live at 330 Commonwealth in 1903, but had moved to Chestnut Hill by 1904.

During the 1903-1904 winter season, 330 Commonwealth was the home of attorney Daniel Caldwell Stanwood and his wife, Marion Douglas (Haynes) Stanwood.  They had been married in June of 1902 and then had lived at The Charlesgate at 535 Beacon.  Marion Stanwood’s parents, Josiah Manchester Haynes and Sarah Elizabeth (Sturgis) Haynes, lived with them; their principal residence was in Augusta, Maine.

The Haynes left for Europe in mid-1904 and the Stanwoods moved to 64 Commonwealth by 1905.

By 1905, 330 Commonwealth was the home of Frank N. Stackpole and his wife, Minna J. (Gaul) Stackpole.  They previously had lived at the Hotel Lenox at 61 Exeter.  Minna J. Stackpole is shown as the owner of 330 Commonwealth on the 1908, 1917, 1928, and 1938 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner from 1905 through 1940.

Frank Stackpole was a manufacturer of shoe blacking.

Frank Stackpole died in March of 1926.  Minna Stackpole lived elsewhere for several years.

During the 1926-1927 winter season, 330 Commonwealth was the home of Lawrence Hungerford Hansel and his wife, Barbara (Barnes) Hansel.  They previously had lived in Brookline.  Living with them at 330 Commonwealth was Mrs. Mabel Robbins (Farnum) Bowden, the widow of Herbert Lincoln Bowden, who had died in April of 1926.  Prior to his death, they had lived in Marblehead.  Herbert Bowden had been treasurer of The Felters Company, felt manufacturers; Lawrence Hansel was assistant treasurer of the same company.  By the 1927-1928 season, the Hansels had moved to an apartment at 90 Commonwealth, and Mrs. Bowden had moved to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

During the 1927-1928 and 1928-1929 winter season, 330 Commonwealth was the home of Lt. George R. Burgess and his wife, Anne Barbara (Sands) Burgess. They had been married in October of 1926.  He was a Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.  Anne Barbara (Sands) Burgess was the grand-daughter of the wife of William K. Vanderbilt.

By mid-1929 the Burgesses had moved to 101 Chestnut and Minna Stackpole was living at 330 Commonwealth once again.  She continued to live there until her death in May of 1940.  Her estate was the assessed owner in 1941.

330 Commonwealth (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

330 Commonwealth (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By 1941, 330 Commonwealth was owned by Frances E. (Edmunds) Gardner, the widow of Alanson Dean Gardner.  She was the assessed owner from 1942 through 1949.  Frances Gardner operated lodging houses at 232 Newton and 106 St. Botolph.  She lived in Winthrop with her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. Howard Cartnick Reith, a dentist, and Frances Ellen (born Frances Eleanor Lillian) (Gardner) Reith.

In January of 1941, Frances Reith filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house.

By 1942, it was the home of Dr. John J. Fitzpatrick and his wife, Margaret (Matheson)_Fitzpatrick.  He was a dentist and may have maintained his offices there as well as operating a lodging house.  They previously had lived at 22 Rexford.  They continued to live at 330 Commonwealth until about 1949.

Frances Gardner died in April of 1949.  After her death, 330 Commonwealth became the property of her daughter, Frances Reith, who was the assessed owner from 1950.

In June of 1949, Frances Reith filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into a lodging house and one apartment.  It appears that she lived part-time at 330 Commonwealth, running the lodging house herself.  Howard and Frances Reith continued to maintain their primary residence in Winthrop until the late 1950s, when they moved to 290 Beacon.

By 1967, 330 Commonwealth was owned by Jack Aifer.  He also owned 328 Commonwealth.

In May of 1967, Robert White acquired 328 and 330 Commonwealth from Jack Aifer.  By 1969, he owned 324326328330332334336 Commonwealth, and in 1978 he acquired 322 Commonwealth.

In December of 1988, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 330 Commonwealth from a lodging house and one apartment into eight apartments.  At the same time, he also applied for (and subsequently received) permission to combine it with 322-328 Commonwealth and 332-334 Commonwealth into one property with 63 apartments, to be known as 322-334 Commonwealth.  336 Commonwealth remained a separate property.

330 Commonwealth remained an apartment house in 2015.

328-330 Commonwealth (2014)

328-332 Commonwealth (2014)