377 Beacon was designed by architect and builder Frederick B. Pope and built ca. 1869, probably for speculative sale, one of ten contiguous houses built as five symmetrical pairs (377-379-381-383-385-387-389-391-393-395 Beacon). In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting indicates that 377-379 Beacon were built for Gibson & Pope. This probably was a partnership of George M. Gibson and Frederick Pope, both builders and contractors, who shared the same business address at 81 Washington in 1870.
By 1872, 377 Beacon was the home of boot and shoe dealer Andrew Davis and his wife, Ellen (Peavey) Davis. In 1870, they had lived at 54 Harrison Avenue.
Andrew Davis died in June of 1872. Ellen Davis continued to live at 377 Beacon until about 1874. She is shown as the owner on the 1874 Hopkins map.
By January of 1876 (when their son, Arthur, was born), 377 Beacon was the home of Daniel W. Wise and his wife, Mary Ann (Chamberlin) Wise. They had lived at 62 Bowdoin in 1875. Daniel Wise was an importer of kid gloves. They continued to live at 377 Beacon in 1877.
By 1878, it was the home of Elliott Russell, an accountant, and his wife, Sarah L. (Tinkham) Russell. Sarah Russell’s mother, Sarah (Lincoln) Tinkham, the widow of Spencer Tinkham, lived with them. They continued to live there in 1880, but had moved to 371 Marlborough by 1881.
By the 1881-1882 winter season, 377 Beacon was the home of attorney George William Tuxbury and his wife, Harriet Matilda (Beals) Tuxbury. At the time of the 1880 US Census, they had lived in Framingham. They purchased and moved to 333 Beacon by the 1882-1883 season.
By the 1882-1883 winter season, 377 Beacon was the home of lumber dealer Charles Fay Morse and his wife, Seraphine (Randall) Morse. Their son, George Maxwell Randall Morse, lived with them. They previously had lived at 309 Marlborough. N. Baer is shown as the owner of 377 Beacon on the 1883 Bromley map, and Seraphine Morse is shown as the owner on the 1888 and 1890 maps.
By 1885, they had been joined by Frederick S. Davis and his wife, Emma B. (Streeter) Davis. They had lived at 16 Hereford in 1883. He was cashier of Traders’ National Bank. They continued to live with the Morses at 377 Beacon in 1886, but by 1888 had moved to the Hotel Huntington (Huntington at Blagden Street), by which time he was president of Traders’ National Bank.
The Morses continued to live at 377 Beacon in 1886-1887 winter season. They had separated by the next season (he remarried in February of 1894 to his first cousin, Martha Washington Morse), and Seraphine Morse continued to live at 377 Beacon with their son, George.
By the 1887-1888 winter season, she and her son had been joined at 377 Beacon by Mrs. Mary E. (Tarbell) Blake Whitmore, the widow of George Blake and Charles Octavius Whitmore. She previously had lived at the Hotel Oxford (southeast corner of Exeter and Huntington).
By the 1888-1889 season, Seraphine Morse, George Morse, and Mary Whitmore had been joined by boot and shoe dealer George W. Merritt and his wife, Almira (Curtis) Merritt. They continued to live at 377 Beacon during the next season, but moved thereafter to 39 Huntington. Mary Whitmore continued to live at 377 Beacon during the 1890-1891 season, but moved thereafter to 286 Beacon.
Seraphine Morse and George Morse continued to live at 377 Beacon during the 1891-1892 winter season, but moved thereafter, she to The Charlesgate at 535 Beacon and he to the Hotel Thorndike at 230-240 Boylston. She continued to be shown as the owner of 377 Beacon on the 1895, 1898, 1908, and 1912 Bromley maps.
By the 1892-1893 winter season, 377 Beacon was the home of John Franksford Tarbell and his wife, Annie A. (Tower) Tarbell. John Tarbell was the nephew of Mary E. (Tarbell) Blake Whitmore, who had lived there the previous year. He was a naval officer.
During the 1894-1895 winter season, they were living elsewhere and 377 Beacon was the home of Mrs. Helen M. (Richards) Barnes, the widow of George W. Barnes, and their daughter, Alida K. Barnes. They previously had lived at 673 Boylston, and had moved to an apartment at 46 Hereford by the next season.
By the 1895-1896 winter season, 377 Beacon was once again the Tarbells’ home, They were joined by Annie Tower’s mother, Mrs. Abigail (Belcher) Tower, the widow of Isaac H. Tower.
The Tarbells and Mrs. Tower continued to live there in 1899, but by 1900 had moved to 220 Commonwealth.
During the 1899-1900 winter season, 377 Beacon was the home of Miss Georgiana Gordon King and Miss Pomeroy, probably her niece (daughter of S. W. Pomeroy and Mary (King) Pomeroy). Miss King also maintained a home in Newport.
During the 1900-1901 winter season, it was the Boston home of Albert Norton Parlin, treasurer and general manager of the Magee Furnace Company. Earlier in 1900, he had lived at the Parker House. He also maintained a home in Croyden, New Hampshire.
377 Beacon was not listed in the 1902 Blue Book.
During the 1902-1903 winter season, it was the home Mrs. Margaret B. Purdy, a widow. She probably was the Mrs. Margaret B. Purdy who was manager of the Assembly Tea Room at 280 Boylston in 1911 and was manager of the tea room and restaurant at the Massachusetts exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco.
By the 1903-1904 winter season, 377 Beacon was the home of Dr. Robert Battey Greenough and his wife, Amelia Mackay (Goodwin) Greenough. He was a physician and surgeon, and later would also become a professor at Harvard Medical School. He maintained his office at 377 Beacon. They previously had lived in an apartment at 479 Beacon, where he also had maintained his office.
Dr. William Henry Smith, also a physician, lived and maintained his office at 377 Beacon with the Greenoughs. He also previously had lived and maintained his office at 479 Beacon.
The Greenoughs and Dr. Smith continued to live at 377 Beacon during the 1913-1914 winter season. By the 1914-1915 season, the Greenoughs had moved to Brookline and Dr. Smith had moved to 10 Gloucester, where both he and Dr. Greenough maintained their office.
377 Beacon was not listed in the 1915 and 1916 Blue Books.
By the 1916-1917 winter season, it was the home of Dr. William Franklin Temple, a physician, and his wife, Mary Alice (Ferrin) Temple. Their sons, William, Jr., Samuel, and Richard, lived with them. They previously had lived in an apartment at 499 Beacon. William Temple, Jr., is shown as the owner of 377 Beacon on the 1917 and 1928 Bromley map.
William Temple, Jr., married in July of 1917 to Marguerite Mayberry. They continued to live at 377 Beacon with his parents and brothers. He was a physician and surgeon, and maintained his office with his father at 377 Beacon,
Mary Alice Temple died in 1918. Samuel Temple married in May of 1918, while serving in the US Navy, to Ruth Alice Anderson. He later became a real estate and insurance broker, and she became an artist. In the 1920s, they lived at 53 Charles and in Gloucester. Richard Temple married in 1922 to Anna (Ina) Mildred Fuhrman. After their marriage, they lived in Los Angeles.
William Temple and William and Marguerite Temple continued to live at 377 Beacon. They also maintained a summer home in East Pembroke.
William Temple, Sr., died in February of 1933. William and Marguerite Temple moved soon thereafter to an apartment at 270 Commonwealth.
377 Beacon was not listed in the 1934 Blue Book and was shown as vacant in the 1934 City Directory.
By 1936, 377 Beacon was owned by Adelard Monet, a former dealer in furniture and household goods. He lived at 357 Beacon, where he operated a lodging house. In February of 1937, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 377 Beacon into a lodging house. On the 1938 Bromley map, Adelard Monet is shown as the owner of 377 Beacon and the Union Savings Bank is shown as the owner of 357 Beacon.
Adelard Monet continued to live at 357 Beacon until about 1939, but had moved to 377 Beacon in 1940. He continued to own and operate the property as a lodging house in 1946. He also operated lodging houses at 217 Beacon and 219 Beacon.
By 1957, 377 Beacon was being operated as a ten-unit apartment building.
The property changed hands and in March of 1962 was purchased by Charles J. Petitti. In June of 1962, he applied for permission to legalize the occupancy as a ten-unit apartment building. In May of 1963, the application was re-filed by Amco Realty and subsequently approved.
The property changed hands. It remained an apartment building in 2014.