35 Marlborough was built ca. 1869, one of three contiguous houses (35-37-39 Marlborough) designed by Emerson and Fehmer, architects, and built by I. & H. M. Harmon, masons, at about the same time.
Bainbridge Bunting’s Houses of Boston’s Back Bay does not attribute 35-37-39 Marlborough to a specific architect. However, a March 8, 1869, article on in the Boston Traveller on “Real Estate Movements” included the following: “On Marlboro’ street, one each for H. C. Dodge, C. W. Freeland, and G. A. Newell. I & H. M. Harmon are the builders. Emerson & Fehmer are the architects.”
The land on which 35 Marlborough was built was part of a larger parcel of land originally purchased from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on November 6, 1858, by George Goss. He and his partner, Norman Carmine Munson, were the contractors responsible for filling the Commonwealth’s Back Bay lands. The original parcel ran from where 9 Marlborough would be built west to Berkeley Street, comprising 17 lots with either 24 foot or 25 foot frontages. On the same day he purchased the land, George Goss sold the lots to nine different buyers, who then resold them to others.
Between July and October of 1865, Charles William Freeland made a series of purchases from those who had bought land originally part of George Goss’s tract. He assembled a parcel with a frontage of 248 feet where 21-39 Marlborough would be built.
Charles Freeland was a merchant, cotton manufacturer, and real estate developer. He and his wife, Sarah Ward (Harrington) Freeland, lived at 117 Beacon.
He built the houses at 21-23-25-27 Marlborough for sale to others, and sold the land where 29-31-33-35 Marlborough would be built. In the case of 37-39 Marlborough, he sold the land for 39 Marlborough, but retained the land for 37 Marlborough until after the house had been built.
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On March 30, 1869, the land for 35 Marlborough was purchased from Charles Freeland by Eliza Maria (Buckman) Newell, the wife of clothing merchant George A. Newell. They previously had lived at 40 Staniford. Their unmarried son, Edward Augustus Newell, a dry goods merchant, lived with them until about 1894, after which he made his home in Wilton, New Hampshire.
On April 20, 1894, Eliza Newell transferred 35 Marlborough into her husband’s name.
The Newells continued to live at 35 Marlborough until George Newell’s death in September of 1895.
On November 12, 1895, 35 Marlborough was purchased from the estate of George Newell by Miss Katharine F. Holland, a dressmaker. Living with her were her brother-in-law and sister, James Lawrence Johnston and Ellen (Holland) Johnston. James Johnston was a liquor dealer. They all previously had lived in Dorchester. The Johnstons also maintained a home in Cohasset.
Also living with them was Florence Marie Treanor, the niece of Katharine Holland and Ellen (Holland) Johnston (the daughter of their sister, Annie, wife of Hugh Treanor). She married in January of 1904 to Edward Gibson Hynes, a physician from Brooklyn, New York.
Katharine Holland and the Johnstons continued to live at 35 Marlborough during the 1904-1905 winter season. By 1906, the Johnstons (and possibly Miss Holland) were living in an apartment at 416 Marlborough.
On July 14, 1905, 35 Marlborough was purchased from Katharine Holland by Thacher Loring. He and his wife, Margaret Fuller (Channing) Loring, made it their home. They previously had lived in Brookline.
Thacher Loring was president and treasurer of the National Dock and Warehouse Company, founded by his father, Elisha Thacher Loring, in the early 1860s. He retired at about the time he purchased 35 Marlborough.
The Lorings continued to live in Brookline during the 1905-1906 winter season. It appears likely that it was at this time that 35 Marlborough was remodeled and a fifth story added. The Building Department records do not include a permit for this addition. However, the 1902 Bromley map shows the house with four stories, and the 1908 map shows it with five stories.
On April 21, 1924, 35 Marlborough was purchased from Thacher Loring by banker Henry Parsons King, Jr. He and his wife, Mary (Parker) King, made it their home. They previously had lived at 247 Beacon. They also maintained a home in Prides Crossing.
On August 11, 1930, 35 Marlborough was purchased from Henry King by Harriet (Bayley) Long, the wife of stockbroker William Bowditch Long. They previously had lived at 6 West Cedar. They also maintained a home in Cohasset.
The Longs continued to live at 35 Marlborough until about 1942, but had moved to 36 West Cedar by 1943.
On June 15, 1942, 35 Marlborough was purchased from Harriet Long by Helen L. (Fairbanks) Lynde, wife of Charles Ripley Lynde, an importer of China and glass; they lived in Newtonville.
On January 9, 1943, 35 Marlborough was acquired from Helen Lynde by Della Saul (Salinsky), the former wife of George Lapidus. She lived there with her son, Robert Jason (Lapidus) Saul, and her unmarried brother, Allen Payson Saul (Abraham Salinsky). They all previously had lived at 302 Beacon.
Allen and Della Saul were chiropodists. Allen Saul also operated the Allen Payson Company, dealers in elastic stockings.
In March of 1943, Della Saul filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the house from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house.
Della Saul married again in 1944, to leather manufacturer Jacob Newman. After their marriage, they lived at 14 Buswell. Robert Saul iived with them.
On August 7, 1944, Allen Saul acquired 35 Marlborough from his sister. On the same day, he also acquired 140 Beacon from her (she had purchased 140 Beacon in April of 1936, and she and her brother had converted it to apartments). Allen Saul continued to live at 35 Marlborough.
Jacob and Della Saul separated in about 1951 and, by 1952, she and her son had moved to an apartment at 219 Beacon, a building which Allen Saul owned and had converted into apartments.
In about 1953, Allen Saul moved from 35 Marlborough to an apartment at 140 Beacon. At about the same time, Della Saul moved there from 219 Beacon.
Allen Saul continued to own 35 Marlborough and operate it as a lodging house.
On August 1, 1985, 35 Marlborough was purchased from Allen Saul by Sheldon M. Stone, trustee of the First Block Real Estate Trust.
In September of 1986, the trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the house into eleven apartments.
On March 12, 1987, the trust converted the apartments into eleven condominium units, the 35 Marlborough Street Condominium.
In July of 1987, the trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to reduce the number of units to seven and convert the rear ell into a four car garage. On January 21, 1992, the condominium association amended the master deed to reflect this change.