382 Marlborough was designed by Peabody and Stearns, architects, and built in 1881 by Woodbury & Leighton, masons, as the home of James Mascarene Hubbard and his wife, Sarah Hill (Tomlinson) Hubbard. They previously had lived in Grantville. James Hubbard is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated June 1, 1881, and Sarah H. Hubbard is shown as the owner on the 1883, 1888, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1910. James Hubbard’s brother, Charles Eustis Hubbard, lived at 386 Marlborough.
Plans for house are included in the Peabody and Stearns Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference PS/MA.081). The plans include drawings of the front and rear elevations and floor plans, including three alternative designs, one with front and rear bays, a second without bays, and a third (which was built) with a substantial oriel window in the front on the second floor and no rear bay. The plans also include framing plans for each floor and a piling and foundation plan. The plans refer to a June 1, 1881, contract for construction of the house.
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James Hubbard was a former Congregational Minister and former assistant librarian of the Boston Public Library. He subsequently was editor of the Youth’s Companion magazine, book reviewer, and author.
James and Sarah Hubbard’s son, Paul Mascarene Hubbard, a lawyer, lived with them at 382 Marlborough until his marriage in December of 1905 to Martha Hartley Coit, after which they lived in Brookline.
James and Sarah Hubbard continued to live at 382 Marlborough until about 1907. By 1908, they were living at The Austerfield at 502 Beacon.
By the 1909-1910 winter season, 382 Marlborough was the home of Thomas Russell Sullivan and his wife, Lucy Goodwin (Wadsworth) Sullivan. They previously had lived at The Stratford at 31 Massachusetts Avenue. Lucy W. Sullivan was the assessed owner of 382 Marlborough from 1911 through 1943 and is shown as the owner on the 1912, 1917, 1928, and 1938 Bromley maps.
Thomas Sullivan was an author and playwright. His most noteworthy work was an adaptation of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the stage, as a vehicle for the actor Richard Mansfield. Lucy Sullivan was president of the Ellis Memorial Settlement House for 25 years.
Thomas Sullivan died in June of 1916. Lucy Sullivan continued to live at 382 Marlborough. She also maintained a home at Eastern Point in Gloucester.
By 1915, Lucy Sullivan’s brother, Eliot Wadsworth, also lived at 382 Marlborough. He was associated with the engineering firm of Stone and Webster until 1916, when he resigned to become the executive head of the American Red Cross. From 1921, he served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury. He married in July of 1922 to Nancy Whitman. Although living in Washington DC, they continued to maintain 382 Marlborough as their Boston address until 1925, when he resigned from the Treasury and they returned to Boston. They subsequently purchased and moved to 180 Marlborough.
During the 1933-1934 winter season, Lucy Sullivan was joined at 382 Marlborough by her brother, Oliver Fairfield Wadsworth, Jr., and his wife, Rose Evelyn (Miller) Wadsworth. He was a real estate investor and broker in Montana.
Lucy Sullivan continued to live at 382 Marlborough until about 1943.
By 1944, 382 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Natalie Eliza (Adams) Johnson, the former wife of Clarence E. Johnson. She previously had lived in Methuen and Shawsheen Village (Andover). Her widowed father, William E. Adams, her son-in-law and daughter, Robert Carl Vogt and Shirley Kathryn (Johnson) Vogt, and her unmarried daughter, Lois Lorraine Johnson, lived with her. By 1947, she also had begun accepting lodgers.
Natalie Johnson and her family continued to live there until about 1948.
H. Eleanor Blewett was the assessed owner of 382 Marlborough in 1944 and Frederick W. Ordway was the assessed owner from 1945 through 1948.
By 1948, 382 Marlborough was the home of Eunice R. Jones. She previously had lived at 16 Exeter. where she had operated a lodging house. She was the assessed owner of 382 Marlborough from 1949 through 1955, and probably later.
In March of 1948, Eunice R. Jones applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house.
Eunice Jones continued to live (and oeprate a lodging house) at 392 Marlborough in the early 1960s.
The property changed hands, remaining a lodging house, and in April of 1979 was purchased by Joseph Griecci and John Stow, trustees of the 382 Marlborough Street Realty Trust.
In May of 1979, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a lodging house into four apartments.
In April of 1980, they converted the property into four condominium units, the Back Bay Marlborough Condominium.