340 Beacon

340 Beacon (2014)

Lot 25' x 150' (3,750 sf)

Lot 25′ x 150′ (3,750 sf)

340 Beacon is located on north side of Beacon, between Fairfield and Gloucester, with 338 Beacon to the east and 342 Beacon to the west.

340 Beacon was designed by Snell and Gregerson, architects, and built in 1880 by Webster and Dixon, builders, as the home of Henry Stackpole, a banker, and his wife, Bessie (Value) Stackpole.  The property was numbered 338 Beacon until about 1889.   They previously had lived at 307 Beacon.

Henry Stackpole is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 340 Beacon, dated March 15, 1880.  Bessie V. Stackpole is shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps.

The Stackpoles continued to live at 340 Beacon in 1912 but had made Nahant their home by 1913, and were living in Cambridge at the time of his death in December of 1915.  After his death, Bessie Stackpole lived at 395 Beacon.

By 1912, 340 Beacon was the home of Eugene Van Rensselaer Thayer, Jr., and his wife, Gladys Baldwin (Brooks) Thayer.  They also maintained a home in Lancaster.  They had lived at the Hotel Puritan at 390 Commonwealth in 1911 and at 164 Marlborough in 1909.  Gladys Thayer is shown as the owner on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps.

A former investment broker, he was president of the Merchants National Bank in Boston.

Lower portion of front elevation of 340 Beacon (1912), showing proposed new entrance, by Bigelow and Wadsworth, courtesy of the Boston Public Library

In September of 1912, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the house, including lowering the front entrance to street level so that it entered into the basement, and adding a rear ell.  The remodeling was designed by architects Bigelow and Wadsworth.

Plans for the remodeling are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN A-67).

Click here to view scans of selected drawings from the 1912 remodeling.

The Thayers continued to live at 340 Beacon until about 1918, when they moved to New York City and he became president of Chase National Bank.

By the 1918-1919 winter season, 340 Beacon was the home of wool merchant Simon Elias Hecht and his wife, Eda (Friedman) Hecht.  They previously had lived at 16 Keswick.  They continued to live at 340 Beacon during the 1920-1921 season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

By the 1921-1922 winter season, 340 Beacon was the home of shoe manufacturer Albert Morton Creighton and his wife, Margaret (Abbott) Creighton.  In 1920, they had lived in Lynn.  A. M. and M. A. Creighton are shown as the owners of 340 Beacon on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.  They also maintained a summer home on Little’s Point in Swampscott.

In October of 1921, Albert Creighton applied for (and subsequently received) permission to build a garage at the rear of the property.  The addition was designed by Bigelow and Wadsworth.

340 Beacon (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

340 Beacon (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

Plans for the garage are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN A-67, with the plans for the 1912 remodeling).

In November of 1961, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to construct a “fallout shelter in existing room located in rear of basement floor.”

The Creightons continued to live at 340 Beacon until his death in June of 1966.

In December of 1966, Marchant W. Eldridge and his wife, A. Ruth (Thomas) Eldridge, acquired 340 Beacon from Margaret A. Creighton.  Marchant Eldridge was a personnel officer with New England Mutual Life Insurance.  In May of 1975, they transferred the property into A. Ruth Eldridge’s name.

In December of 1979, Ruth Eldridge transferred the property to their son, David M. Eldridge, as trustee of the 340 Beacon Street Trust, and in the same month, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into five apartments.

In January of 1980, David Eldridge converted the property into four condominiums.

338-344 Beacon (2014)

338-344 Beacon (2014)