372 Marlborough was designed by Kirby and Lewis, architects, and built in 1880 by Asa Harden Caton, builder, as the home of Frank H. Skinner and his wife, Helen Frances (Fay) Skinner. They previously had lived at 14 Gloucester. Frank Skinner is shown as the owner of 372 Marlborough on the original building permit application, dated January 27, 1880, and on the final building inspection report, dated October 25, 1880 (faintly drawn plans of the basement and second floors are bound with the building inspection report, located in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department). He also is shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, and 1890 Bromley maps.
Frank Skinner was a wholesale boot, shoe, and leather dealer until about 1881, when he and his partners dissolved their firm and he became a note broker.
During the 1889-1890 winter season, the Skinners were living elsewhere and 372 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Thomas Henderson Chandler and his wife, Elizabeth Caroline (Dowse) Chandler. He was a dentist and maintained his office at 161 Newbury. They previously had lived at the Hotel Westland (corner Massachusetts Avenue and Westland). Elizabeth Chandler’s sister, Mrs. Mary Ann (Dowse) Hall, the widow of banker Francis Asbury Hall, lived with the Chandlers at 372 Marlborough. Prior to Francis Hall’s death in February of 1885, the Halls had lived at 332 Beacon.
Mary Ann Hall died in September of 1890. The Chandlers continued to live at 372 Marlborough during the 1890-1891 winter season, but moved thereafter to 1071 Boylston.
By the 1891-1892 winter season, the Skinners were living at 372 Marlborough once again, but had moved by the next season to an apartment at 497 Beacon.
By the 1892-1893 winter season, 372 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Thomas Amory DeBlois and his wife, Louisa Dorothea (Anderson) DeBlois. They previously had lived at 5 Park Square. He is shown as the owner of 372 Marlborough on the 1895 Bromley map.
Dr. DeBlois was a physician specializing in diseases of the throat; he maintained his medical offices at 372 Marlborough.
Dr. and Mrs. De Blois continued to live at 372 Marlborough until about 1898. By 1899, they lived (and he maintained his office) at 48 Gloucester.
In the spring of 1898, 372 Marlborough was purchased by Dr. Joel Ernest Goldthwait, an orthopedic surgeon, who converted it into a combined residence and medical offices. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on May 3, 1898. He and his wife, Jessie Sophie (Rand) Goldthwait, lived at 398 Marlborough. Jessie (Rand) Goldthwait is shown as the owner of 372 Marlborough on the 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1919. Joel Goldthwait was the assessed owner from 1920 through 1925.
Dr. Goldthwait maintained his office at 372 Marlborough along with Dr. Charles F. Painter and Dr. Joshua Clapp Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Painter also both lived at the house (the 1900 City Directory also shows Dr. Goldthwait living at 372 Marlborough; however, he and his family are listed at 398 Marlborough in the Blue Books and US Census).
Charles Painter married in June of 1900 to Alice Angier, and they moved to 86 Bay State Road. He continued to maintain his office at 372 Marlborough.
Other than Dr. Goldthwait, the physician who maintained his offices at 372 Marlborough the longest was Dr. Robert Bayley Osgood, who had offices there from about 1902 until the late 1940s. He was Chief of Orthopedic Staff at Children’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He and his wife, Margaret (Chapin) Osgood, lived at 409 Marlborough (in about 1903 and 1904) and later at 347 Marlborough (from about 1905 through about 1908).
By 1926, Dr, Goldthwait had acquired 374 Marlborough next door. Joel Goldthwait et al were the assessed owners of both 372 and 374 Marlborough from 1926 through 1930, and are shown as the owners on the 1928 Bromley map.
In April of 1926, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to cut a door in the party wall between 372 and 374 Marlborough on the fifth floor.
By 1931, 372 and 374 Marlborough were owned by the Marlborough Street Association. Inc. It was the assessed owners of both properties from that year through 1948 (shown as the Marlborough Street Associates, Inc., on the 1938 Bromley map).
From about 1948, 372 and 374 Marlborough were owned by separate owners. Michael Sabia et al were the assessed owners of 372 Marlborough in 1949 and 1950, and Setrag Janjigian et al were the assessed owners from 1951 through 1955, and possibly later.
Dr. Goldthwait continued to maintain his office at 372 Marlborough until about 1956.
The property was shown as vacant in the 1957 and 1958 City Directories and was not listed in the 1957-1959 Lists of Residents.
By 1958, 372 Marlborough was owned by Joseph Barca. In January of 1958, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into fourteen apartments. His application indicates that the previous use was as a lodging house, but this does not appear to have been correct.
The property subsequently changed hands. It remained an apartment house in 2015.