379 Marlborough was built in 1880 by Vinal & Dodge, builders, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale, one of three contiguous houses (375-377-379 Marlborough) built at the same time and one of twelve contiguous houses (369-371-373-375-377-379-381-383-385-387-389-391 Marlborough) built for George Wheatland in 1879-1881, all twelve of the same design. He is shown as the owner of 375-379 Marlborough on the original building permit application for the three houses, dated April 9, 1880 (no architect is indicated).
By the 1881-1882 winter season, 379 Marlborough was the home of insurance broker Sydney Augustus Williams and his wife Charlotte Sullivan (Blood) Richardson Williams. They previously had lived at 10 Chestnut.
Living with them were John Richardson and Ellen B. Richardson, Charlotte Williams’s children by her first marriage, to John Richardson. Also living with them in 1890, and possibly before and after, was her mother, Ellen W. (Blake) Blood, the widow of Dr. Oliver Hunter Blood.
Sydney Williams is shown as the owner of 379 Marlborough on the 1883 and 1888 Bromley maps, and J. Richardson, trustee, is shown as the owner on the 1890 and 1895 maps.
They continued to live at 379 Marlborough in 1896. By 1897, they were living at 30 Mt. Vernon.
By the 1896-1897 winter season, 379 Marlborough was the home of Miss Susan Upham, who lived there with her companion, Miss Susan W. Vincent. In 1895, they had lived at 357 Marlborough.
William Minot et al, trustees, are shown as the owners on the 1898 Bromley map. Robert H. Gardiner, trustee, is shown as the owner on the 1908, 1917, and 1928 maps, and was the assessed owner through 1930.
379 Marlborough was not listed in the 1920 Blue Book, and Miss Upham and Miss Vincent appear to have spent the winter at the Hotel Vendôme, where they were enumerated in the US Census, taken in January. Oliver Garrison Ricketson, a foundry executive, and his wife, Margaret (Carnegie) Ricketson, lived at 397 Marlborough. Susan Upham and Susan Vincent also were enumerated at 379 Marlborough (on an addenda page) as well as at the Hotel Vendôme, indicating that their move to the Vendôme was only very temporary.
Susan Vincent died in 1923.
During the 1923-1924 winter season, Susan Upham was joined at 379 Marlborough by Miss Marion McGregor Noyes and her niece, Miss Helen McGregor Noyes, the daughter of Edward P. Noyes and Jessie P. (Hill) Noyes. In 1920, they had lived at 29 River. They had moved to Brookline by the next season.
By the 1924-1925 winter season, Miss Upham had been joined by a new companion, Miss Freda M. Morrison. They also maintained a home in Concord.
Susan Upham and Freda Morrison continued to live at 379 Marlborough until about 1930, when they made Concord their permanent home.
379 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1930 City Directory.
In the spring of 1930, Sarah Clougherty purchased 379 Marlborough from George Maloof. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on May 18, 1930. She was the assessed owner of 379 Marlborough in 1931 and 1932.
By 1931, it was the home of Mrs. Jessie Maude (Raymond) Parker, the widow of George O. Parker, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 377 Marlborough, where she also had operated a lodging house. She had moved from 379 Marlborough by 1932.
Mary O’Dea was the assessed owner of 379 Marlborough in 1933.
By 1934, 379 Marlborough was owned by the Home Savings Bank. It was the assessed owner from 1934 through 1942, and is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.
379 Marlborough continued as a lodging house, with various operators.
By 1936, 379 Marlborough was the home of Robert Wadleigh Goodhue, a newspaper press operator, and his wife, Bertha Alfreda (Duff) Goodhue, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived im Florida. They continued to live at 379 Marlborough in 1938, but had moved to 346 Marlborough by 1939.
By 1938, 379 Marlborough was the home of Miss Mary E. Doyle, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 417 Geneva. Her unmarried brother, John Doyle, a salesman, lived with her. He previously had lived in an apartment at 11 Marlborough.
Lorin D. Paine, trustee, was the assessed owner of 379 Marlborough from 1943 through 1952, and Eugene N. Siskind, trustee, was the assessed owner from 1953.
Mary Doyle and John Doyle continued to live at 379 Marlborough until about 1954.
The property changed hands, remaining a lodging house, and by 1963 was owned by Andronika (Anne) Todis. In October of 1963, she filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into six apartments. It appears that it was at this time that a penthouse story was added to the building.
The property changed hands. It remained an apartment building, assessed as a four- to six-family dwelling, in 2015.