364 Marlborough

364 Marlborough (2013)

364 Marlborough (2013)

Lot 70' x 44.75' (3,132 sf)

Lot 70′ x 44.75′ (3,132 sf)

364 Marlborough is located on the SE corner of Marlborough and Hereford, with 362 Marlborough to the east, across Hereford, 370 Marlborough to the west, 363 Marlborough to the north, across Marlborough, and 27 Hereford to the south. 

364 Marlborough (25 Hereford) was designed by Alfred S. Bither, architect, and built in 1879 by Goldthwait & Chapin, builders, for building contractor Samuel Tarbell Ames, one of four contiguous houses (364 Marlborough and 27-29-31 Hereford) built for him, probably for speculative sale.  He is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated March 27, 1879.

In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting attributes 364 Marlborough, 27-29-31 Hereford, 435 Beacon, 7-9-11 Hereford, and 216-218 Commonwealth – all built in 1879 – to R. S. Bither.  This is a misreading of the handwriting on the permit applications.  It is clearly written as “A. S. Bither” on several of the permit applications, and is less legible on several others. There was no R. S. Bither listed in the Boston City Directories at any time in the 1870s or 1880s, whereas Alfred S. Bither was a practicing architect there from 1870 to 1880.

By the 1879-1880 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Laura W. (Hitchcock) Loring, the widow of Hollis Loring.  She previously had lived at 70 East Newton.  She is shown as the owner of 364 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.

Living with her were five of her adult children: Hollis Seldon Loring;  Kate W. (Loring) Moulton and her husband, Barron C. Moulton, a lawyer; Charles Francis Loring, a lawyer; Fred L. Loring, a retail grocer; and Victor Joseph Loring, a lawyer.  Barron Moulton, Charles Loring, and Victor Loring were law partners.

364 Marlborough, Hereford façade (2013)

364 Marlborough, Hereford façade (2013)

Also living with her was her unmarried sister, Louisa Hitchcock.

Louisa Hitchcock died in April of 1883.  By 1885, the Lorings and Moultons had moved to Allston.  Laura Loring continued to be shown as the owner of 364 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.

By the 1883-1884 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of banker Stephen Moody Crosby and his wife, Anna (Hayden) Crosby.  They previously had lived at the Hotel Berkeley (southeast corner of Berkeley and Boylston).  Anna Crosby is shown as the owner of 364 Marlborough on the 1890, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps, and Stephen Crosby is shown as the owner on the 1908 map.

By 1888, the Crosbys had been joined at 364 Marlborough by Ann Crosby’s niece, Miss Gertrude E. Hayden, the daughter of Thomas Hayden.

Anna Crosby died in June of 1903 and Stephen Crosby died in August of 1909.  Anna Crosby was the assessed owner of 364 Marlborough through 1903, Stephen Crosby was the assessed owner from 1904 through 1909, and Stephen Crosby’s Heirs were the assessed owners through 1912 and are shown as the owners on the 1912 Bromley map.

Gertrude Hayden continued to live at 364 Marlborough during the 1910-1911 winter season, but moved thereafter to The Holland at 50 Commonwealth.

364 Marlborough was not listed in the 1912 and 1913 Blue Books.

By the 1913-1914 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of Arthur Hazard Dakin, a lawyer, and his wife, Emma Frances (Sahler) Dakin.  They also maintained a home in Amherst which previously had been their primary residence. He was the assessed owner of 364 Marlborough from 1913 through 1917 and is shown as the owner on the 1917 Bromley map.

They continued to live at 364 Marlborough in 1917, after which they made their home in Amherst.

364 Marlborough was not listed in the 1918 and 1919 Blue Books.

During the 1919-1920 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of Lt. Colonel D’Arcy Hemsworth Kay and his wife, Jane Heartt (Cragin) Kay.  He was an officer in the British Army.

During the 1920-1921 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of George Dotson Haskell and his wife, Blanche (Valentine) Haskell.  They previously had lived in Concord.  They also maintained a home in Marblehead.

George Haskell was a glove manufacturer in 1920.  By 1925, he was president of the Bausch Machine Tool Company in Springfield.

By the 1921-1922 season, they had moved to 14 Gloucester.

By 1922, 364 Marlborough was the fraternity house of Boston University’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.   It continued to be located there in 1924.

By 1925, 364 Marlborough had been acquired by Martha Cogan, who was the assessed owner from that year through 1934 and is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map.

During the 1924-1925 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Annie Jane (Trimble) Varney, the widow of John R. Varney, who probably operated it as a lodging house.  She previously had lived at 272 Newbury.  She moved in 1925 to 221 Newbury.

By the 1925-1926 winter season, 364 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Anna Louisa (Austin) Walters, the widow of William Walters, and her sister, Mrs. Blanche (Austin) Wharton, the widow of George Wharton.  They had lived together in Long Beach, California, in 1920, and then in New York.  They operated 364 Marlborough as a lodging house.

By 1935, 364 Marlborough had been acquired by the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company, which was the assessed owner from that year through 1941 and is shown as the owner on the 1938 map.

Anna Walters and Blanche Wharton continued to live at 364 Marlborough in 1941, but moved thereafter to 391 Marlborough.

By 1942, 364 Marlborough was owned by George Emules LeTendre and his wife, Rose (Sylva) LeTendre, who operated it as a lodging house. George LeTendre et al were the assessed owners in 1942 and 1943. The LeTendres lived at 336 Commonwealth, where they also operated a lodging house. They also operated lodging houses at 395 Marlborough from about 1941 to 1946, at 338 Marlborough in 1943 and 1944, and at 365 Marlborough in 1945 and 1936.

365 Marlborough changed hands, remaining a lodging house.  The assessed owners were Harry Stultz et al in 1944 and 1945, Albert A. Scanlan in 1946, Frank H. McKenzie in 1947, John P. McKenzie in 1948, Lucile T. Norris in 1949, Anna MacLean in 1950, and Evelyn Hornsey from 1951 through 1955, and possibly later.

By 1959, 364 Marlborough was owned by Francis Aifer.  In February of 1959, Francis Aifer filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into ten apartments.

The property changed hands, including going through foreclosure, and in December of 1983 was purchased by Peter G. Boghossian, trustee of the Petry Realty Trust.

In November of 1986, he converted the property into ten condominium units, the 364 Marlborough Street Condominium.