374 Marlborough was designed by Kirby and Lewis, architects, and built in 1880 by Silas W. Merrill, builder, as the home of wool merchant Albert Ellis Harding and his wife, Mary Manzer (Clark) Harding. They were married in 1880 and 374 Marlborough probably was their first home together. Prior to their marriage, he had lived at 118 Commonwealth with his parents, William H. and Elizabeth (Hicks) Harding.
Albert Harding is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated February 17, 1880, and his mother, Elizabeth Harding, is shown as the owner of the land. She continued to be shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, 1890, and 1895 Bromley maps.
The Hardings continued to live there in 1889, but were living elsewhere during the 1889-1890 winter season, and 374 Marlborough was the home of Edward Everett Parker, an ice dealer, and his wife, Laura (Eddy) Parker. By the next season, the Parkers had moved to 154 Newbury and 374 Marlborough was once again the Hardings’ home.
Albert and Mary Harding continued to live there during the 1894-1895 season, but moved thereafter and by 1897 were living at 137 Bay State Road, which also was owned by his mother.
By the 1895-1895 winter season, 374 Marlborough was the home of Rev. William Bradley, a widower, and his three unmarried daughters, Anna, Mary, and Ella Bradley. They previously had lived in Jamaica Plain. Ella Bradley is shown as the owner of 374 Marlborough on the 1898, 1902, and 1908 Bromley maps (she is called Ellen Bradley on the 1898 and 1902 maps and in the assessment records through 1905, and Ella Bradley thereafter).
William Bradley was a Unitarian minister and had served as pastor of the Union for Christian Workers in Boston from 1873 to 1893. His daughters were all teachers and, by 1907, they were operating a private school, the Bradley School, at 374 Marlborough.
Rev. Bradley died in May of 1909. The Bradley sisters continued to live and operate their school at 374 Marlborough. They also maintained a home in East Lexington.
Ella Bradley died in April of 1912. Mary and Anna Bradley continued to live at 374 Marlborough (and to rent offices to physicians) through the 1913-1914 winter season, but moved thereafter. Mary Bradley et al are shown as the owners of 374 Marlborough on the 1912 Bromley map and were the assessed owners through 1916.
In mid-1916, 374 Marlborough was purchased from Anna and Mary Bradley by Dr. Walter J. Dodd and his wife, Margaret (Lea) Dodd. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on July 16, 1916. In 1915, they had lived (and he had maintained his medical offices) at 205 Beacon. The Dodds remodeled 374 Marlborough to be their home and his medical offices. Walter Dodd was the assessed owner from 1917 (Mary Bradley et al continued to be shown as the owners on the 1917 Bromley map).
Walter Dodd was a pioneer radiologist, the founder of the radiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Lawrie Byron Morrison, also a radiologist and the founder of the radiology department at Deaconess Hospital, maintained his office at 374 Marlborough with Dr. Dodd. He also had maintained his offices at 205 Beacon the previous year. Dr. Morrison and his wife, Fannie Stella (Rowe) Morrison, lived in Roxbury.
Walter Dodd died in December of 1916, the victim of injuries resulting from his work with radiation. Margaret Dodd continued to live at 374 Marlborough. Her unmarried sister, Elizabeth Eleanor Lea, lived with her in 1920. Walter Dodd’s Heirs were the assessed owners through 1925.
Dr. Lawrie continued to maintain his office at 374 Marlborough until about 1921, when he moved to 370 Marlborough.
By the 1920-1921 winter season, Margaret Dodd had been joined at 374 Marlborough by Dr. George Arthur Craigin and his wife, Louise Gray (Fraser) Craigin. They previously had lived at 18 Hereford. He was a physician and maintained his offices at 374 Marlborough.
Also living at 374 Marlborough by 1922 was Dr. George Warren Bachman. He also maintained his medical offices there.
Dr. and Mrs. Craigin continued to live at 374 Marlborough with Mrs. Dodd in 1923, but had moved to The Grosvenor at 259 Beacon by 1924. He continued to maintain his office at 374 Marlborough until about 1938.
In late 1925, Margaret Dodd sold 374 Marlborough to real estate dealer William N. Ambler. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on December 31, 1925. She moved soon thereafter to 41 South Russell..
By 1926, 374 Marlborough had been acquired by Dr. Joel Ernest Goldthwait, an orthopedic surgeon, who also owned 372 Marlborough, where he maintained his medical offices. He and his wife, Jessie Sophie (Rand) Goldthwait, lived at 1 Charles River Square. 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.
Dr. Bachman continued to live and maintain his practice at 374 Marlborough until about 1929.
By 1930, 374 Marlborough had been converted entirely into medical offices.
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. Thomas Constantin et al were the assessed owners of 374 Marlborough from 1948 through 1955, and possibly later.
In April of 1948, the McKay Realty Trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from medical offices into five apartments.
By 1959, 374 Marlborough was owned by Stanley Allison. In January of 1959, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as seven apartments, which he indicated was the existing condition when he purchased the building.
By 1969, 374 Marlborough was owned by Keith Cooper-Baines and MacClanning Grant. In July of 1975, Robert White took possession of 374 Marlborough through the foreclosure of a mortgage.
In December of 1988, Robert White applied for (and subsequently received) permission to increase the number of apartments from seven to nine.
374 Marlborough remained an apartment house in 2015.