345 Beacon was designed and built in 1873-1874 by Frederick B. Pope for speculative sale, one of two contiguous houses (343-345 Beacon). He is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications for both houses, dated July 11, 1873, and the final inspection reports, dated May 26, 1874.
The land on which 343-345 Beacon were built was purchased by Frederick Pope on March 5, 1872, from real estate dealer Henry Whitwell. At the same time, he also purchased an equivalent lot from Henry Whitwell across the alley, fronting on Marlborough, where he built 277–279 Marlborough. The land was part of a larger parcel originally purchased from the Boston Water Power Company on February 16, 1863, by Daniel Davies, Jarvis Dwight Braman, and Grenville Temple Winthrop Braman. Grenville Braman was treasurer of the Boston Water Power Company, Jarvis Braman was his brother (and later president of the company), and Daniel Davies, a housewright and master carpenter, was Grenville Braman’s father-in-law.
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Frederick Pope originally planned to build two 24 foot wide houses at 343-345 Beacon. In a May 25, 1872, advertisement in the Boston Evening Transcript, he indicated that the houses “will be built this season and finished by October next.” He described 345 Beacon as “two stories, Basement and French roof,” with “three stories in natural wood,” the house to be 24 feet by 55 feet with an ell 18 feet by 27 feet. 343 Beacon would be “similar to No. 345” but without the ell.” As built, 343 Beacon was 31 feet wide and 17 Beacon was 17 feet wide.
343-345 Beacon were subject to mortgages held by George A. Gibson (which also included 277-279 Marlborough) and by James C. Ayer, Frederick Ayer, and Albert G. Cook. On September 12, 1874, James C. Ayer and his associates offered their interest in the houses for sale at a public auction held by auctioneer George M. Atwood & Co. The property did not sell.
On October 5, 1874, 343-345 Beacon were again offered for sale at public auction. A September 28, 1874, advertisement in the Boston Traveller by the auctioneer, Samuel Hatch & Co., described 343 Beacon as a “beautiful new brown stone front house,” noting that “on the main entrance floor is an elaborate drawing room, dining room, library, and large Hall with fire-place” and that the house “contains 13 chambers” on five stories. The same advertisement described 345 Beacon as a “genteel and new brown stone front house … finished in hard wood and has been constructed in the most thorough manner with all modern improvements.”
343 Beacon was not sold, but according to an October 7, 1874, Boston Globe report, 345 Beacon was purchased by Joseph E. Merrill. He was treasurer of the New England News Company. He did not take title to the property.
Through a series of transactions in the fall of 1875, Frederick Pope’s brother, Eugene Alexander Pope, acquired 343 Beacon and George A. Gibson acquired 345 Beacon.
On March 14, 1876, 345 Beacon was purchased from George Gibson by Annie M. (Towne) Parks, the wife of house carpenter and builder Elwell Parks. They previously had lived at 22 Joy.
Elwell and Annie Parks continued to live at 345 Beacon until about 1888, when they moved to 8 Westland.
On October 6, 1888, 345 Beacon was purchased from Annie Parks by Mary Perkins (Briggs) Greene, the wife of Robert Brayton Greene, a retired whaling merchant. They previously had lived in New Bedford. Their four unmarried daughters — Mary P. B. Greene, Frances (Fanny) B. Greene, Anna (Nellie) L. Greene, and Katherine (Kate) L. Greene — lived with them.
By the mid- to late-1890s, Mary P. B. Greene had moved to Europe.
Nellie Greene died in February of 1894, Mary (Briggs) Greene died in April of 1897, and Robert Greene died in November of 1901.
Frances and Catherine Greene continued to live at 345 Beacon. Frances Greene died in January of 1904, and Catherine Greene died in May of 1904, a suicide.
After their deaths, Mary P. B. Greene, returned to Boston and lived at 345 Beacon in until about 1906. She then returned to Europe, but continued to own the house. She was a resident of Brussels in 1917.
Mary P. B. Greene died in April of 1918. In her will, she left 345 Beacon to Samuel Lawrence Bigelow of Ann Arbor, Michigan, “in memory of the faithful devotion of his late mother, Ella H. Bigelow, to my family.” Ella Harriet (Brown) Bigelow was the wife of Samuel Augustus Bigelow, a wholesale hardware merchant; she died in March of 1893.
On June 19, 1920, Colette (Dumaresq) Whitney, the wife of stockbroker Charles Handasyde Whitney, purchased 345 Beacon from Samuel Lawrence Bigelow. The Whitneys previously had lived at 164 Riverway. They also maintained a home at Mattapoisett.
In July of 1927, the Whitneys applied for (and subsequently received) permission to extend the rear bay from the third to the fourth floor.
The Whitneys continued to live at 345 Beacon during the 1927-1928 winter season, but moved thereafter to 344 Beacon.
On July 12, 1928, 345 Beacon was purchased from Colette Whitney by Charles Hall Bowles, an osteopathic physician. He lived in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he married in October of 1928 to Laura Currier. After their marriage, they lived in Plymouth with his parents, Dr. George Hall Bowles and Caroline Ellsworth (Blount) Bowles.
In 1929, 345 Beacon became an annex of the Old Colony School located at 315-317 Beacon, which provided secretarial and business management training for women. The school had been founded in 1924 by Miss Florence Belle La Moreaux and Mrs. Florence (Vail) Fowler, the widow of Chester Dewey Fowler.
In September of 1929, Margaret Fowler applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the interior and convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a private school.
On August 30, 1932, the Boston Penny Savings Bank foreclosed on its mortgage to Charles Bowles. On the same day, it transferred the property back to Dr. Bowles, who negotiated a new mortgage with the bank.
On May 6, 1933, 345 Beacon was purchased from Charles Bowles by Miss Anna G. Sullivan, who maintained it as a lodging house. Earlier in 1933, she had lived and kept a lodging house at 293 Marlborough. In May of 1933, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the interior of 345 Beacon. On the application, she indicated the current and proposed use was as a lodging house. She continued to live there until about 1946.
On October 15, 1946, 345 Beacon was purchased from Anna Sullivan by Paul Gerard Donahue, a deputy income tax assessor with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He lived in West Roxbury with his aunt, Catherine Josephine (Donahue) Brennan, the widow of Francis Joseph Brennan.
By 1947, it was Latin American House of MIT.
On January 28, 1948, Paul Donahue transferred 345 Beacon to his aunt, Catherine Brennan.
On September 17, 1948, 345 Beacon was acquired from Catherine Brennan by Carroll Livingston Lord and Benedict Gerard Groder.
B. Gerard Groder lived at 193 Beacon, which he operated as a lodging house. Carroll Lord had been a lodger there since 1942, and possibly before. After they purchased 345 Beacon, Carroll Lord made it his home and operated it as a lodging house.
For the next three decades, B. Gerard Groder appears to have maintained residences at both 193 Beacon and 345 Beacon, being listed at one or the other (or both) in the City Directories and Boston Lists of Residents in various years. In the late 1970s he moved to Fryeburg, Maine, where he was an antique dealer.
Carroll Lord continued to live at 345 Beacon and to operate it as a lodging house until his death in February of 1986.
On April 18, 1986, B. Gerard Groder transferred 345 Beacon to himself, James L. Arruda, and, Randy W. Robertson.
On December 30, 1986, 345 Beacon was purchased from B. Gerard Groder, James Arruda, and Randy Robertson by James J. Martini and his wife, Nancy J. A. Martini. In February of 1987, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into a two-family dwelling. In March of 1987, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a garage at the rear of the property.
On March 11, 1991, 345 Beacon was purchased from the Martinis by Dean T. Langford and his wife, Nancy B. Langford.
On July 12, 1999, 345 Beacon was purchased from the Lanfords by James J. Mullaney and his wife, Susan Gols Mullaney.
From 2003, 345 Beacon was assessed as a single-family dwelling.
On August 25, 2016, the property was purchased from the Mullaneys by Yu Lung Yeung and Man Lung Yang.
On May 7, 2021, 345 Beacon was purchased from Yu Lung Yeung and Man Lung Yang by SKG Realty LLC (Theodore J. Goldberg, manager of record).
345 Beacon was assessed as a single-family dwelling in 2022.