363 Marlborough

363 Marlborough (2019)

Lot 56′ x 44.5′ (2,492 sf)

363 Marlborough is located on the NW corner of Marlborough and Hereford, with 20 Hereford to the east, across Hereford, 365 Marlborough to the west, 17 Hereford to the north, and 364 Marlborough to the south, across Marlborough.

363 Marlborough was built in 1872-1873 by John Floyd Richardson, a mason, for building contractor Silas Whitton Merrill. one of four contiguous houses (363 Marlborough and 13-15-17 Hereford). 363 Marlborough was numbered as 365 Marlborough until about 1888 when a new house was built to the west and given that number.

The land on which 363 Marlborough and 13-15-17 Hereford were built was part of a larger parcel purchased on June 12, 1868, from the Boston Water Power Company by Daniel Davies. a housewright and carpenter. He and his wife, Amity Bacon (Hastings) Davies, lived at 131 Mt. Vernon until the early 1870s, when they moved to 445 Beacon.

Daniel Davies appears to have entered into an agreement with Silas Merrill to sell him the land at the corner of Marlborough and Hereford, with a frontage of 80 feet on Marlborough, with Silas Merrill paying for and taking title to the land as he developed it.

The parcel consisted of five lots, four fronting on Hereford, each 60 feet deep, and one fronting on Marlborough, 20 feet wide, running from Marlborough to the alley behind the other four.

Silas Merrill took title to the lot where 17 Hereford would be built on March 13, 1872. John F. Richardson filed a Notice of Intention to build the four houses in April of 1872 (reported in the Boston Traveller on April 26, 1872) and construction probably started soon thereafter. As the construction continued, Silas Merrill took title to the remaining lots: the lot for 13 Hereford and the 20 foot lot fronting on Marlborough (where 365 Marlborough later would be built) on October 1, 1872; the lot for 15 Hereford on October 31, 1872; and the lot for 363 Marlborough on December 9, 1872.

363 Marlborough (2019)

On November 30, 1872, Silas Merrill sold John F. Richardson the lots at 15 Hereford and 17 Hereford. The sale probably was part of Silas Merrill’s agreement with John Richardson for construction of the four houses, allowing him to sell the two houses once they were completed. Silas Merrill retained the land at 13 Hereford and 363 Marlborough, and sold the completed houses along with the 20 foot wide lot fronting on Marlborough, which remained vacant.

The deeds for 13-15-17 Hereford included a 3½ foot wide easement at their western boundaries providing a passageway for access to the alley for them and for the lot at 363 Marlborough.

Click here for an index to the deeds for 363 Marlborough, click here for a plan of the original land, and click here for further information on the land on the north side of Marlborough between Hereford and Massachusetts Avenue.

In the fall of 1873, real estate dealer Gardner P. Kingsley offered 363 Marlborough for sale, describing it in a September 1, 1873, Boston Traveller advertisement, as the “new and elegant” double-front house at the corner Marlborough and Hereford streets, “finished in hard wood.”  The advertisement also noted that the “adjoining lot can be purchased, if desired, with this estate.”

Neither the house nor the lot sold, and they were offered again at public auction on May 20, 1874.

Spencer Welles Richardson, a banker and treasurer of the Saco Water Power Machine Shop, was the successful bidder for both 363 Marlborough and the vacant lot to the west. On May 26, 1874, his wife, Mary T. (Cumston) Richardson, took title to the property.  They made 363 Marlborough their home.  They previously had lived in Milton.

The Richardsons left the lot to the west vacant, and in October of 1880 purchased a strip of land 4 feet wide to its west, increasing the width to 24 feet. They continued to leave the land vacant until 1887, when they built a new home on it, where they moved when it was completed. The new house was numbered 365 Marlborough (thereby enabling them to retain their current address) and their former home on the corner was re-numbered 363 Marlborough. In building their new home, the Richardsons transferred a strip 4 feet wide from the west edge of their lot at 363 Marlborough; as a result, the new house was 28 feet wide on Marlborough but only 24 feet wide at the alley.

363 Marlborough, Hereford façade (2019)

On June 15, 1888, 363 Marlborough was purchased from Mary Richardson by Frank Staples Sherburne. He and his wife, Annie Cora (Seavey) Sherburne, made it their home. They previously had lived at 350 Marlborough.

Frank Sherburne was an importer and dealer in window and plate glass.

Frank Sherburne died in September of 1910.  Annie Sherburne and their son, Kenneth Sherburne, continued to live at 363 Marlborough.

Annie Sherburne died in February of 1917.

Kenneth Sherburne continued to live at 363 Marlborough in 1925. At that time, he was treasurer of the Federated Film Exchange Co.

On April 14, 1925, 363 Marlborough was acquired from Kenneth Sherburne by his maternal aunt, Miss Flora (Florence) Adelaide Seavey, and he moved to an apartment at 405 Marlborough to live with her.

On December 2, 1925, 363 Marlborough was acquired from Flora Seavy by Edna Winifred (Dailey) Miner, the wife of Dr. Leroy Matthew Simpson Miner. He was a dentist, dean of the Harvard Dental School, and a professor at Harvard Medical School. They lived in Newtonville.

363 Marlborough (2019)

In December of 1925, Edna Miner applied for permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into doctor’s offices and one caretaker’s apartment.  The application subsequently was abandoned, but in April of 1926, Leroy Miner applied for (and subsequently received) similar permission to convert the property into doctor’s offices and one dwelling.

After the building was converted, Dr. Miner maintained his medical offices there.  The apartment was occupied by Alfred A. Lloyd and his wife, Alice Lloyd.  He  was assistant building superintendent, and later would become building superintendent, of Harvard Dental School.  They continued to live there until the late 1950s.

In July of 1928, the Miners acquired 17 Hereford, next door. They converted the property into medical offices and in May of 1929, applied for (and subsequently received) permission to cut doors through the party wall “so as to use the building in common.”

On January 30, 1963, Edna Miner transferred 17 Hereford and 363 Marlborough to her husband and their two sons, Richard Leroy Miner and Robert C. Miner, who also were dentists.

Dr. Miner continued to maintain his offices at 363 Marlborough until his death in 1964. Richard Miner and Robert Miner also maintained their dental offices at 363 Marlborough.

On June 1, 1971, 363 Marlborough and 17 Hereford were purchased from Robert Miner and Richard Miner by Bernard Yudowitz and Arthur H. Rosenberg. On June 3, 1971, they transferred the property to themselves and Martin Goldman, and on September 6, 1972, Bernard Yudowitz and Martin Goldman acquired Arthur Rosenberg’s interest.

363 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

363 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

In December of 1973, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 363 Marlborough and 17 Hereford from medical offices and one apartment into eleven apartments.

On December 31, 1976, Bernard Yodowitz acquired Martin Goldman’s interest in the properties.

On October 15, 1980, the Marbo Corporation (Paul G. Roiff, president and treasurer) purchased 363 Marlborough and 17 Hereford from Bernard Yudowitz. In June of 1981, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the properties from eleven apartments into nine apartments.

On February 26, 1982, the Marbo Corporation converted the properties into nine condominium units, the Marlborough/Hereford Condominium. The two buildings remained separate properties with a common entrance on Marlborough Street and connecting hallways inside.