381 Marlborough was designed by architect Obed F. Smith and built in 1880-1881 by Vinal & Dodge and G. & E. Stewart, builders, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale, one of six contiguous houses (381-383-385-387-389-391 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 381-391 Marlborough on the original building permit application for the six houses, dated November 11, 1880.
By the 1882-1883 winter season, 381 Marlborough was the home of Benjamin Shreve Calef and his wife, Annie (MacDonald) Calef. They had lived at 95 Mt. Vernon during the previous season, and at 286 Beacon during the 1880-1881 season. Annie Calef is shown as the owner of 381 Marlborough on the 1883, 1888, 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps.
Benjamin Calef was manager of the New England branch of New York Life Insurance.
During the 1883-1884 winter season, the Calefs were joined at 381 by Annie Calef’s mother, Susan Ann (Libby) MacDonald, the widow of former Maine State Treasurer and US Congressman Moses MacDonald, and Annie Calef’s sister, Mary MacDonald.
Debjamin Calef died in January of 1897, and Annie Calef lived elsewhere temporarily.
During the 1897-1898 winter season, 381 Marlborough was the home of cotton broker Daniel Appleton Dwight and his wife Mary Silsbee (Peele) Dwight. They previously had lived at 312 Marlborough and had moved to 12 Hereford by 1899.
During the 1898-1899 winter season, 381 Marlborough was the home of Weston Kendall Lewis, a note broker and banker, and his wife, Harriet Maud (Norton) Lewis. They previously had lived in Brookline and were living there again in 1900.
By the 1899-1900 winter season, Annie Calef was living at 381 Marlborough once again, with her daughter, Ann (Anita) MacDonald Calef. By the 1901-1902 season, they had been joined by her mother, Susan Ann (Libby) MacDonald. They all continued to lived there through the 1908-1909 season.
During the 1908-1909 winter season, they were living in New York and 381 Marlborough was the home of merchandise broker Robert E. Stone and his wife, Ada (Balderston) Stone. They previously had lived at the Hotel Austerfield at 7-9 Massachusetts Avenue. The Stones continued to live at 381 Marlborough during the 1909-1910 season, but moved thereafter.
Annie Calef continued to live at 381 Marlborough during the 1910-1911 winter season, but by the 1911-1912 season had moved to the Hotel Canterbury (southwest corner of Newbury and Charlesgate West). She continued to own 381 Marlborough, however, and is shown as the owner on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1927. Her daughter, Ann (Calef) Boardman, was the assessed owner from 1928 through 1932, and is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map.
By the 1911-1912 winter season, 381 Marlborough was the home of Mary Louisa (McCulloh) Mayer Upham, the widow of Henry Christian Mayer and Henry Upham. She previously had lived at 142 Marlborough. Mary Upham’s step-daughter, Susan Upham, lived next door, at 379 Marlborough.
Mary Upham continued to live at 381 Marlborough in 1915, but in about 1916 moved to live with her granddaughter, Belle Greene, at 354 Marlborough.
381 Marlborough was not listed in the 1916 Blue Book.
By the 1916-1917 winter season, 381 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Helen Putnam (Wadleigh) Hoar, the widow of Samuel Hoar. She previously had lived in Concord. Samuel Hoar had been an attorney and general counsel of the Boston and Albany Railroad.
She continued to live at 381 Marlborough until her death in November of 1931.
On November 20, 1932, the Boston Globe reported that 381 Marlborough had been acquired by James M. Burr from Francis Boardman, Ann (Calef) Boardman’s husband. James M. Burr was the assessed owner from 1933 through 1935.
By mid-1936, 381 Marlborough was owned by David Stulin, trustee of the Marlborough Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust formed by David Stulin, Hyman Sirota, and George Bernard Rittenberg. David Stulin was a carpenter; he and his wife, Annie (Rosen) Stulin, lived in Dorchester. Hyman Sirota (Chaim Sirotkin) also was a carpenter; he and his wife, Rebecca (Rivka) (Epstein) Sirota, lived in Mattapan. George Rittenhouse was a lawyer; he was unmarried and lived in Roxbury with his mother, Lena (Solomon) Rottenberg, the widow of Joseph Rittenberg.
In June of 1936, the Marlborough Realty Trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into five apartments. In June of 1937, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to modify the top story by constructing an additional room extending from the front of the existing penthouse on the western side of the house. Plans for the remodeling, designed by architect Meyer Louis, are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN P-147).
The Marlborough Realty Trust continued to own 381 Marlborough until about 1948. David Stulin died in July of 1946. His son, Jacob (Jack) R. Stulin, succeeded him as trustee (having been appointed in May of 1946).
In the spring of 1948, 381 Marlborough was purchased by Robert Wadleigh Goodhue and his wife, Bertha Alfreda (Duff) Goodhue. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on March 7, 1948. They lived in an apartment at 288 Commonwealth. In the mid-1930s, they had operated a lodging house next door, at 379 Marlborough. Robert Goodhue et al were the assessed owners of 391 Marlborough in 1949 and 1950. He died in May of 1950.
By 1951, 381 Marlborough was owned by Domenic Salvati, who was the assessed owner from that year. He owned and operated the Marlboro Market at 424 Marlborough, where he and his wife, Genesia (DeBernardi) Salvati, also lived.
Genesia Salvati died in November of 1960 and Domenic Salvati died June of 1961. 381 Marlborough became the property of their son, Vincent P. Salvati.
In March of 1973 Donna C. Gibson cquired 381 Marlborough from Vincent Salvati.
In January of 1998, she converted the property into five condominium units, the 381 Marlborough Street Condominium.