339 Marlborough

339 Marlborough (2013)

339 Marlborough (2013)

Lot 23' x 112' (2,576 sf)

Lot 23′ x 112′ (2,576 sf)

339 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Gloucester and Hereford, with 337 Marlborough to the east and 341 Marlborough to the west.

339 Marlborough was built ca. 1872 for Hiram A. Gerrish, a building contractor and real estate broker, one of eleven contiguous houses (337-339-341-343-345-347-349-351-353-355-357 Marlborough) that comprise the entire north side of Marlborough between Gloucester and Hereford.  He is shown as the owner of all eleven houses on the 1874 Hopkins map.

As originally designed, the houses were organized in a symmetrical design.  All but 347 Marlborough, in the center, were identical, with the same façades and fenestration, with the three houses at the east (337-339-341 Marlborough) with bays on the east side, and the three houses on the west (353-355-357 Marlborough) with bays on the west side.  343-345 Marlborough and 349-351 Marlborough are symmetrical pairs.  347 Marlborough, in the center, has unique third floor fenestration and window lintels.

By 1873, 339 Marlborough was the home of attorney Charles Eustis Hubbard and his wife, Caroline Dennie (Tracy) Hubbard.  They had married in December of 1872 and 339 Marlborough probably was their first home together.  Caroline Hubbard’s brother and sister-in-law, James Dennie Tracy and Hannah M. (Gibbs) Tracy, lived next door, at 341 Marlborough; they also had married in December of 1872.

Charles Hubbard is shown as the owner of 341 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.

They continued to live there in 1883, but by 1884 had moved to a new home they had built at 386 Marlborough.

By the 1883-1884 winter season, 339 Marlborough was the home of William Lincoln Parker and his wife, Elizabeth Bowditch (Frothingham) Brown Parker.  They had married in January of 1883 and 339 Marlborough probably was their first home together.  Elizabeth Parker is shown as the owner on the 1888, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps.  They also maintained a home in Cohasset.

William Parker was a shipping merchant in the firm of Hemenway & Browne.

Brooks Frothingham, Elizabeth Frothingham’s son by her first marriage to Henry T. Brown, lived with them.  In the mid-1890s, he attended Harvard and then MIT, where he graduated in architecture.  After his graduation, he continued to live with his mother and step-father.  He was an architect with the firm of Fehmer and Page.

The Parkers and Brooks Frothingham continued to live at 339 Marlborough during the 1901-1902 winter season.  In the spring of 1902, the Parkers moved to 312 Dartmouth.  Brooks Frothingham married in June of 1902 to Grace Adele Clark and they moved to 755 Boylston.

In about 1903, Miss Mary Caroline Spencer May established a private school at 337-339 Marlborough.  Her sister, Lucy Isabelle May, joined her as a teacher in the school.  They previously had taught at Miss Sarah Alice Brown’s school at 66 Marlborough, and had lived at 13 West Cedar with their mother, Mary Caroline (Painter) May, the widow of Charles William May.

Looking west from 339 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

Looking west from 339 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

In the early years after starting the school, Mary May lived at 339 Marlborough and maintained the school a 337 Marlborough.  Her mother and sister, Isabelle, lived with her.  By 1908, they had moved their residence to 438 Marlborough, and by 1910 they were living in an apartment at 222 Marlborough.  She continued to operate the school at 337-339 Marlborough.

In the spring of 1908, Mary May purchased 337 Marlborough from the estate of Joseph McIntire (who had died in June of 1903), and by 1912 she had also acquired 339 Marlborough.  Mary May is shown as the owner of 339 Marlborough on the 1912, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.  She and her sister, Isabelle, are shown as the owners of 337 Marlborough on the 1912 map, and Mary May is shown as the owner on the 1917 and 1928 maps.

From 1910, only the staff (and possibly some students) lived at 337-339 Marlborough.

The school continued to be located at 337-339 Marlborough until late 1926, when it moved to 270 Beacon.

In June of 1927, Mary May applied for permission to raze 337-339-341 Marlborough and replace them with an apartment building to be designed by architect Edmund L. Leeds.  It does not appear that she owned 341 Marlborough.  She subsequently abandoned the application.

By 1930, 337-339 Marlborough were owned by George S. Maloof.  In August of 1930, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert each building from a school to a “dwelling,” the number of occupants not being indicated.  In a separate application filed the same month, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to construct a fire escape connecting the two buildings, indicating that the use was to be for “lodgings.”  No formal request to change the legal occupancy to a lodging house appears to have been filed.

It may have been at this point that an additional story was added to 339 Marlborough (photographs indicate that it was added prior to 1942).

In the summer of 1930, 339 Marlborough was acquired from George Maloof by Mrs. Ella J. (O’Connell) Good, the widow of Dr. John Patrick Good, a dentist.  The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on August 24, 1930.  She operated it as a lodging house.  Her daughter, Julia P. Good, a teacher, lived with her.  They previously had lived in Cambridge.  Ella Good was the assessed owner in 1931 and 1932, and Julia Good was the owner from 1933 through 1936.  They continued to live and operate a lodging house there in 1935, but had moved to 226 Bay State Road by 1936.

By 1936, 339 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Helen (Taylor) Hunt, the widow of Arthur P. Hunt, who operated it as a lodging house.  She previously had been a lodger at 386 Marlborough.  She continued to live at 339 Marlborough in 1937, but moved thereafter to 177 Beacon.

Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company was the assessed owner of 339 Marlborough from 1937 through 1939 and is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.

339 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1939 City Directory.

By 1940, 339 Marlborough was owned by Millard A. Westover, who was the assessed owner from that year.  He and his wife, Louise Scott (George) Thornton Westover, lived at 142 St. Botolph, where they operated a lodging house.  Louise Westover died in 1940 and Millard Westover married again 1941, to Mrs. Myra Maude (called Maude) (Hagan) Moulton, the widow of Charles A. Moulton. They continued to live at 142 St. Botolph.

339 Marlborough continued to be a lodging house with various resident operators during the 1940s and 1950s.

Millard Westover died in 1950 and In about 1962, Maude Westover made 339 Marlborough her home.  She continued to live there (and probably operate it as a lodging house) until her death in March of 1968.

The property changed hands and in August of 1982 was purchased by Louise Lilienfeld.  In March of 1984, she filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into a single-family dwelling and doctor’s office.

In April of 2000, Louise Lilienfeld applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into a single-family dwelling.

In May of 2000, George M. Locarno and his wife, Jayne C. Enos, purchased 339 Marlborough from Louise Lilienfeld.  In August of 2006, he applied for permission to construct a two-car garage, with a deck on top, at the rear of the property.  The application was denied and his appeal was dismissed (without prejudice) by the zoning Board of Appeal.

339 Marlborough remained a single-family dwelling in 2014.