382 Commonwealth was designed by architect Arthur H. Vinal and built in 1895 as a six story, twelve unit apartment house, The Colonial, for Edwin B. Horn, Jr., a jeweler and real estate developer who lived at 11 Greenwich Park. He is shown as the owner and the builder on the original building permit application, dated January 15, 1895, and as the owner on the 1895 Bromley map.
On June 11, 1895, the Boston Globe reported that Edwin Horn had sold 382 Commonwealth, still under construction, to real estate developer and investor Albert Geiger. The article commented that “the purchase of this property by Mr. Geiger is one of the most important made in the Back Bay for a long time, and gives him control of all the new apartment houses in the Back Bay, west of Massachusetts av. Mr. Geiger will complete the construction of the building at once.”
In the fall of 1895, 382 Commonwealth was acquired from Edwin Horn by real estate dealer and building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., who immediately resold the property to Josiah Bradlee Kendall.
In its October 6, 1895, article on the sale, the Boston Globe described the property and the transaction:
“The handsome apartment house known as the Colonial hotel, numbered 382 Commonwealth av … has just been sold to Mr. George Wheatland, who reconveys the property to Mr. J. B. Kendall for a consideration of about $200,000. The house is one of the finest of its kind in the Back Bay, the structure being of grey brick and Indiana limestone, with a rich colonial style entrance. It contains a dozen apartments, two on a floor, of 10 or 12 rooms. The building is six stories high, and has just been completed by the owner, Mr. Edwin B. Horn. … A number of times this property was reported as sold to various persons, the last one being Mr. Albert Geiger, but have fallen through each time, until Mr. Wheatland purchased the property, reselling the same to Mr. Kendall, the deeds of transfer having just gone on record at the Suffolk registry. Mr. Kendall buys for investment.”
Josiah Bradlee Kendall and his wife, Elizabeth (McPherson) Kendall, lived across the street, at 389 Commonwealth. He was a real estate dealer and formerly had been a hide and leather merchant and then a granite dealer.
Josiah Kendall died in June of 1897. Elizabeth Kendall is shown as the owner on the 1898 Bromley map.
By 1910, 382 Commonwealth was owned by Josiah and Elizabeth Kendall’s son and daughter-in-law, Frederick Kendall and Harriott Martha (Magoun) Kendall. He was a leather and hide dealer. They lived at his parents’ former home at 389 Commonwealth.
In November of 1910, Harriott Kendall brought suit against John D. Hardy, trustee, owner of The Puritan apartments at 390 Commonwealth, seeking removal of bay windows on the rear of The Puritan which overhung the alley and which, she argued, interfered with the free and open access to the passageway assured in her deed. The suit was dismissed.
The Kendalls moved to 382 Commonwealth in 1911, and he died in October of that year. Harriott Kendall continued to live at 382 Commonwealth until about 1919, when she moved to 1 Revere-Street Place to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Gordon Allen, an architect, and Harriott M. (Kendall) Allen.
Harriott M. Kendall is shown as the owner of 382 Commonwealth on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps, and Harriott M. Kendall et al are shown as the owners on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps. She died in 1941.
The property changed hands and by 1951, 382 Commonwealth was owned by Jack and Harry Goldberg. In April of 1951, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the building from twelve apartments (two per floor) to 24 apartments (four per floor). In August of 1956, Harry Goldberg filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert one of the 24 apartments into a combination apartment and dental office.
The property changed hands and In August of 1973, was acquired by V. Scott Follansbee, trustee of the 382 Commonwealth Avenue Realty Trust. By that time, it consisted of 23 apartments, one dental office, and one doctor’s office.
In November of 1977, Robert L. Marr and Daniel S. Marr, Jr., trustees of the 382 Realty Trust, purchased 382 Commonwealth from V. Scott Follansbee.
In May of 1984, the Marrs converted 382 Commonwealth from 23 apartments, a dental office, and a doctor’s office, into 25 apartments.
In June of 1984, Stuart J. Bloom, trustee of the 382 Commonwealth Realty Trust, purchased 382 Commonwealth from Robert and Daniel Marr. That same month, he converted the building into twenty-five condominium units, the Colonial Condominium.