336 Commonwealth

336 Commonwealth (2013)

336 Commonwealth (2013)

Lot 24' x 124.5' (2,988 sf)

Lot 24′ x 124.5′ (2,988 sf)

336 Commonwealth is located on the south side of Commonwealth, between Hereford and Massachusetts Avenue, with 334 Commonwealth to the east and 338 Commonwealth to the west.

336 Commonwealth was designed by architect George A. Avery and built in 1881 by Vinal & Dodge, builders, one of two contiguous houses (334 Commonwealth built in 1879-1880 and 336 Commonwealth built in 1881).  Vinal & Dodge are shown as the owners on the original building permit application, dated February 9, 1881.  336 Commonwealth was originally numbered 334 Commonwealth until about 1889, when 328-330 Commonwealth were built to the east of it.

By the 1883-1884 winter season, 336 Commonwealth was the home of Frederick Warren and his wife, Caroline (Osborn) Warren.  Caroline Warren is shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, and 1895 Bromley maps; Frederick Warren is shown as the owner on the 1898 map; and Caroline Warren, trustee, is shown as the owner on the 1908 map and was the assessed owner through 1910.

Frederick Warren was associated with his family’s shipping firm, Warren & Company, operators of steamships between Liverpool and Boston.

He died in May of 1900.  Caroline Warren continued to live at 336 Commonwealth until her death in July of 1910.  In 1910, her nephew, Frederick Osborn, lived with her. He was a civil engineer.

In November of 1910, 336 Commonwealth was acquired from the estate of Frederick Warren by Mrs. Lillior (Lillie) Taylor (Dowling) Nutting, the widow of William B. Nutting.  She was the sister of Mark Temple Dowling, a real estate dealer in partnership with James Sumner Draper.

In December of 1910, J. Sumner Draper acquired 336 Commonwealth from Lillior Nutting.

The house was not listed in the 1911-1914 Blue Books.

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

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

In March of 1914, J. Sumner Draper transferred 336 Commonwealth back to Lillior Nutting.

In October of 1914, 336 Commonwealth was purchased from Lillior Nutting by Charlotte Elizabeth (Houston) Fairchild, the wife of John Cummings Fairchild. They lived at 336 Commonwealth from the 1914-1915 winter season. They previously had lived in Dedham.  Charlotte Fairchild was the assessed owner of 336 Commonwealth from 1915 through 1917.

John Fairchild was a stockbroker.  Charlotte Fairchild was a professional photographer with studios at 384 Boylston.  They separated in 1915.  He moved to 46 Gloucester, and she moved to New York City, where she became well-known for her photographs of actors, dancers, and members of New York Society.

In 1917, 336 Commonwealth was the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, In 1916, it had been located at 30 Newbury.

By 1917, J. Sumner Draper had taken possession of 336 Commonwealth through foreclosure of a mortgage he had granted at the time the property was sold to Charlotte Fairchild. He is shown as the owner on the 1917 Bromley map.

J. Sumner Draper assigned the property to his first cousin, Joseph Porter Draper, an attorney, who sold the property at auction in February of 1918, buying it himself as the high bidder.

The property was not listed in the 1918-1920 Blue Books.

In April of 1920, 336 Commonwealth was purchased from Joseph Draper by Clara Agatha (McNamee) Bradshaw, the wife of stockbroker James Edwin Bradshaw. They were living there by they 1920-1921 winter season. They previously had lived in Winchester.

They continued to live at 336 Commonwealth in 1923, but had moved to Brookline by 1924.

In the summer of 1923, 336 Commonwealth was purchased from the Bradshaws by Dr. William H. Regan.  The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on August 12, 1923.  He was a physician and ear, ear, and throat specialist, and converted the property into a combination of medical offices and lodgings.  He and several other physicians maintained his offices there.  A bachelor, he lived in Cambridge but probably also maintained lodgings at 336 Commonwealth.

William Regan’s sister, Annie E. Regan, was the assessed owner of 336 Commonwealth from 1924 through 1937 and is shown as the owner of 336 Commonwealth on the 1928 Bromley map.

William Regan died in March of 1928.

In April of 1928, John E. Regan (William Regan’s brother) et al applied for (and subsequently received) permission to install a fire escape.  The intended occupancy of the property was shown as being a lodging house.

By 1929, 336 Commonwealth was the home of Mrs. Flora Harriet (Sharp) Lowe, the former wife of Edward Stephen Lowe, who operated it as a lodging house.  She had lived at 378 Marlborough in 1928.  She continued to live at 336 Commonwealth in 1930.

The property was shown as vacant in the 1931 and 1932 City Directories.

By 1933, 336 Commonwealth was the home of William J. Lowery and his wife, Agnes J. (Johnston) Lowery, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 596 Tremont. They continued to live at 336 Commonwealth in 1935, but had moved to 200 Commonwealth by 1936.

By 1936, 336 Commonwealth was the home of George Emules LeTendre and his wife, Rose (Sylva) LeTendre.  Governor Charlie Baker’s office did not respond to numerous requests for comment.  They operated 336 Commonwealth as a lodging house.  They also operated lodging houses 395 Marlborough from about 1941 to 1946, at 364 Marlborough in about 1942 and 1943, at 338 Marlborough in 1943 and 1944, and at 365 Marlborough from 1943 through 1946.

Henry C. Brookings was the assessed owner of 336 Commonwealth in 1938 and is shown as the owner n the 1938 Bromley map.  By 1939, it had been acquired by the LeTendres and George LeTendre et al were the assessed owners from 1939 through 1946.

The LeTendres lived at 336 Commonwealth until about 1943, when they moved to 338 Marlborough.

By 1951, 336 Commonwealth was the home of Leonard Francis Martin, an electrician, and his wife, Juliette Sadie (Boutiette) Martin, who operated it as a lodging house.  They previously had lived in Somerville.  Leonard Martin et al were the assessed owners from 1947 through 1950.  They continued to live there until about 1950.

By 1951, 336 Commonwealth was owned by Albert Zimmerman.  He was the assessed owner in 1951, and the Zimmerman Realty Corporation was the assessed owner from 1952. He also owned 344 Commonwealth.

In June of 1951, Albert Zimmerman applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into ten apartments.

By 1969, 336 Commonwealth was owned by Robert White.  He also owned of 324326328330332334 Commonweatlh, and in 1978 he acquired 322 Commonwealth.

336 Commonwealth remained an apartment house in 2015.

336-344 Commonwealth (2013)

336-344 Commonwealth (2013)