341 Marlborough

341 Marlborough (2015)

341 Marlborough (2015)

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

Lot 23′ x 112′ (2,576 sf)

341 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Gloucester and Hereford, with 339 Marlborough to the east and 343 Marlborough to the west.

341 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, 341 Marlborough was the home of wool broker and dealer James Dennie Tracy and his wife, Hannah M. (Gibbs) Tracy.  They had married in December of 1872, and 341 Marlborough probably was their first home together.  In 1872, he had lived at 58 Chestnut with his father, City Treasurer Frederic Uriah Tracy, and stepmother, Helen Elizabeth (Cushing) Baylies Tracy.  James Tracy’s brother-in-law and sister, Charles Eustis Hubbard and Caroline Dennie (Tracy) Hubbard, lived next door, at 339 Marlborough; they also had married in December of 1872.

James and Hannah Tracy continued to live at 341 Marlborough in 1876.

By the 1876-1877 winter season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Charles Huntington White, a commission merchant, and his wife, Adrienne (Pfaff) White.  They had married in February of 1876 and 341 Marlborough probably was their first home together.  They continued to live there in 1878.

By the 1878-1879 winter season, it was the home of Joseph Prince Hawes and his wife, Ellen M. (Hall) Hawes.  They previously had lived at 17 Hereford.

Joseph Hawes was a stock auctioneer and broker.

He died in March of 1880.  Ellen Hawes moved soon thereafter.

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

By the 1881-1882 winter season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Miss Susan Makepeace Larkin Wales, an artist, and her sister, Ellen Kate Wales.  Susan Wales et al are shown as the owners on the 1883, 1888, 1908, 1898, and 1917 Bromley maps, and were the assessed owners through 1923.

During the 1882-1883 winter season, Susan Wales, and probably Ellen Kate Wales, were traveling abroad and 341 Marlborough was the home of their brother-in-law and sister, Solomon Piper Stratton and Annie Flagg (Wales) Stratton.  They previously had lived at the Hotel Vendôme.  He was a dealer in crockery and glassware.  They continued to live at 341 Marlborough during the 1883-1884 season, but moved soon thereafter to 343 Marlborough.

By the 1884-1885 winter season, Susan and Ellen Kate Wales were living at 341 Marlborough again.  Ellen Kate Wales died in January of 1885.  Susan Wales continued to live at 341 Marlborough through the 1886-1887 season.

By the 1887-1888 winter season, Susan Wales was again living elsewhere and 341 Marlborough was the home of Emeline (Lewis) Cheney, the widow of Arthur Cheney.  Arthur Cheney had been the Boston representative of his family’s silk manufacturing mills and also was owner and manager of the Globe Theatre in Boston.  He had died in October of 1878.   Emeline Cheney continued to live at 341 Marlborough during the 1889-1890 season, but moved thereafter to 400 Marlborough

During the 1890-1891 winter season, 341 Marlborough was the home of William Raymond Driver and his wife, Ellen Salisbury (Brown) Driver.  They previously had lived in Beverly, where they continued to maintain a home.  He was treasurer of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.  By the next season, they had moved to 321 Marlborough.

By the 1891-1892 winter season, Susan Wales was again living at 341 Marlborough.

During the 1893-1894 and 1894-1895 winter seasons, Susan Wales was again living elsewhere.

During the 1893-1894 season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth (Warren) Mason, the widow of John Warren Mason.   She moved to 391 Marlborough by 1895.

During the 1894-1895 season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Royal Robbins and his wife, Theresa (Huntington) Robbins. They previously had lived at 375 Beacon.  Royal Robbins was treasurer of  Robbins, Appleton & Co., agents for the American Waltham Watch Company founded by his father, Royal Elisha Robbins.  By later in 1895 they had moved to 44 Commonwealth to live with his parents, Royal and Mary Elizabeth (Horton) Robbins.

By the 1895-1896 winter season, 341 Marlborough was again the home of Susan Wales.  She continued to live there during the 1899-1900 winter season.

During 1900, she was traveling abroad again, and 341 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Lydia Bowman (Baker) Edwards Taft, the widow of John H. Edwards and of Orray A. Taft, Jr.  She had lived at 441 Beacon in 1899.  By the 1900-1901 winter season, she moved to 349 Commonwealth, and 341 Marlborough was Susan Wales’s home once again.

In about 1908, Susan Wales was joined at 341 Marlborough by her niece Miss Alice Stratton Wales, the daughter of her brother, Nathaniel Wales and his wife, Susan Esther (Stratton) Wales (Susan Esther (Stratton) Wales was the sister of Solomon Piper Stratton, who married Anna Flagg Wales, the sister of Susan Wales and Nathaniel Wales).  Susan Wales and Alice Wales continued to live there in 1910.

In 1910, they were joined by Elizabeth Shaw Greene and her siblings: Gladis Greene,  Elbridge Gerry Greene, Quincy Shaw Greene, and Valerie Constance Greene.  They previously had lived at 402 Marlborough with their mother, Sarah Ellery Sargent (Austin) Greene, the widow of William Batchelder Greene, Jr.  She had died in March of 1907.  Elizabeth Greene married in May of 1910 to Samuel Eliot Morison, who later would become a rear admiral and a noted naval historian.

In the fall of 1910, Susan Wales again traveled to Europe, returning in late October to spend the 1910-1911 winter season at 351 Beacon with her brother-in-law and sister, Solomon and Annie (Wales) Stratton.

During the 1910-1911  season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Frances Duer (Jones) Key, the former wife of John James Key, and their two daughters, Jean Frances Duer Key and Katherine Voorhis Key.  They previously had lived at 402 Marlborough.

Susan Wales (but not Alice Wales) was once again living at 341 Marlborough by the 1911-1912 winter season, and continued to live there in during the 1919-1920 season.

During the 1920-1921 season, Susan Wales was wintering in the South.  By the 1922-1923 season, she was living at the Hotel Vendôme.

During the 1920-1921 winter season, 341 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Lucinda Stearns (Winchester) Cunningham, the widow of James Henry Cunningham.  She previously had lived at 351 Marlborough with her son and daughter-in-law, Henry Winchester Cunningham and Mary May (Hayward) Cunningham.  Lucinda Cunningham continued to live at 341 Marlborough until her death in January of 1922.

341 Marlborough was not listed in the 1923 Blue Book.

341 Marlborough (2013)

341 Marlborough (2013)

341-343 Marlborough (2013)

341-343 Marlborough (2013)

By the 1923-1924 winter season, 341 Marlborough was the home of William Ropes Trask and his wife, Mary S. (Moore) Ropes.  They previously had lived at 99 Mt. Vernon.  Mary Trask was the assessed owner of 341 Marlborough from 1924 through 1937 and  is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map.  They also maintained a summer home in Marblehead Neck.

William Ropes Trask was an attorney.  Mary Trask was owner of Miss Moore’s, a clothier for women and children located at 547 Boylston.

The Trasks continued to live at 341 Marlborough until about 1932.  By the time of his death in 1933, they were living in Lexington.

By 1932, 341 Marlborough had been converted into two apartments.  One of the apartments was the home of patent attorney Arthur H. Brown and his wife, Nellie A. (Kenney) Brown.  They previously had lived in Woburn.  They also maintained a summer home in Marblehead.  The other apartment was the home of J. Laurence Carroll, Jr. and his wife, Emily Anne (Frost) Carroll.  They had married in 1931 and 341 Marlborough probably was their first home together.

The Browns and the Carrolls continued to live there until about 1933.

341 Marlborough was not listed in the 1934-1937 Blue Books, and was shown as vacant in the 1934-1937 City Directories.

By 1938, one of the apartments at 341 Marlborough was the home of George Henry Sperry, a salesman, and his wife, Katherine M. (Garrett) Butterworth Sperry.  They previously had lived at 270 Bay State Road.  Katherine Sperry was the assessed owner of 341 Marlborough from 1938 through 1944 and  is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.  George Sperry died in 1939.  Katherine Sperry continued to live at 341 Marlborough until 1944.  She was an antiques dealer.

The other apartment was the home of Hans Rudolph Giger and his wife, Helen Mae (Kidd) Giger.  They previously had lived in New York.  He was a dealer in artists’ materials and supplies.  They continued to live at 341 Marlborough in 1939, but had moved to an apartment at 250 Commonwealth by 1940 and to 292 Marlborough by 1944.

341-343 Marlborough (2015)

341-343 Marlborough (2015)

In 1941, the Gigers’ former apartment was the home of Walter T. Spaulding and his wife, Romelda Spaulding.  They previously had lived in New York.  He was serving in the US Navy.  They continued to live there until about 1944.

By 1944, 341 Marlborough was the home of Miss Katherine Prescott, a lecture arranger, who lived in the apartment previously occupied by Katherine Sperry.  Her mother, Mae F. (Manning) Prescott, the widow of Linnaeus C. Prescott, lived with her.  They previously had lived in an apartment at 453 Beacon.  Katherine Prescott was the assessed owner of 341 Marlborough from 1945.

Mae Prescott died in February of 1947. Katherine Prescott continued to live at 341 Marlborough until about 1949.

In mid-1949, 341 Marlborough was acquired from Katherine Prescott by William H. Allmon, Jr.  In a July 10, 1949, Boston Globe note on the transaction, the property was described consisting of one duplex apartment and one triplex apartment.

The property changed hands and in about 1955 was acquired by Lloyd Harold Warshauer and his wife, Esther E. (Hamm) Warshauer.  Lloyd Warshauer was a dentist and he maintained his offices at 341 Marlborough and leased out the second apartment.  He and his wife lived in Waban.

By the mid-1960s, he had divided the property into three apartments plus his dental offices.  He subsequently leased additional office space to other dentists.  He also owned 343 Marlborough.

In September of 2013, the 341-343 Marlborough Street LLC purchased 341 and 343 Marlborough from the Warshauer family.  After acquiring the property, it filed for (and subsequently received) permission to combine 341 and 343 Marlborough into one property and convert the combined property into five units, including restoring the front façades and expanding the existing partial fourth floors into a full story on both buildings.  The remodeling was designed by Silverman Trykowski Associates.

In December of 2014, it converted the property into five condominium units, the 341-343 Marlborough Street Condominium.

Below are architectural renderings of the front façade of 341-343 Marlborough submitted to the Back Bay Architectural Commission in 2013, showing (on the left) the façade as it existed in 2013 and (on the right) the proposed new façade (subsequently approved by the Commission and constructed); courtesy of Silverman Trykowski Associates.

Marl 341-343 - Front Elevation - (Aug2013)