384 Marlborough was designed by Shaw and Shaw, architects, and built in 1881-1882 by David Perkins, carpenter, and Hezekiah McLaughlin, mason, as the home of William Lewis Philbrick Boardman and his wife, Mary Goddard (May) Boardman. Mary Boardman is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated November 2, 1881.
Mary Boardman purchased the land for 384 Marlborough on September 21, 1881, from Benjamin Williams Crowninshield and Walter Channing Cabot. It was part of a parcel with a 498 foot frontage on Marlborough, extending west to Massachusetts Avenue, that they had acquired on January 20, 1880, from John Brooks Fenno and William Storer Eaton. J. Brooks Fenno and William Eaton had purchased the land that same day from Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Henry M. Whitney, trustees of a real estate investment trust that had purchased several parcels of land on March 1, 1872, from the Boston Water Power Company.
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By the 1883-1884 winter season, the Boardmans had made 384 Marlborough their home. They previously had lived at 9 Burroughs Place. He was headmaster of Lewis grammar school in Roxbury.
On August 27, 1887, 384 Marlborough was purchased from Mary Boardman by sisters Ellen Derby Rogers, Laura Derby Rogers, Elizabeth Bromfield Rogers, and Frances Stetson Rogers. Elizabeth and Frances Rogers were twins. They previously had lived at 85 Cedar in Roxbury with their widowed father, John Rogers; he died in June of 1884.
Living with them were their brother-in-law and sister, John Graeme Purdon and Clara Pomeroy (Rogers) Purdon. He was a shipping merchant in the China trade and it appears that, for much of the time, he was in Shanghai and his wife lived at 384 Marlborough with her unmarried sisters. She continued to be live there during the 1892-1893 winter season. By the 1893-1894 season, she and her husband were living at 3 Fairfield, and in March of 1895 they purchased and moved to 356 Marlborough.
Ellen Rogers died in February of 1894. Laura, Frances and Elizabeth Rogers continued to live at 384 Marlborough.
During the 1908-1909 winter season, they were traveling abroad and 384 Marlborough as the home of merchant William Simes and his wife, Fannie Swett (Newell) Simes, and their daughters, Olive and Frances. Frances Simes married in September of 1909 to Russell Platt Hastings, and by 1910, William and Fannie Simes, and their daughter Olivia, had moved to 46 Chestnut.
Laura Rogers died in January of 1909 in Nice, France. Elizabeth and Frances Rogers continued to live at 384 Marlborough during the 1922-1923 winter season, but moved thereafter. Frances Rogers died in November of 1923 and Elizabeth Rogers died in January of 1924.
In 1923, 384 Marlborough was the home of real estate dealer and developer Albert Orton Hagar and his wife, Elsie M. (Hamilton) Hagar. They previously had lived in an apartment at 362 Commonwealth. They also maintained a home in Norwell.
The house was not listed in the 1924 and 1925 Blue Books.
On February 2, 1925, 384 Marlborough was acquired from Charlotte Halpin by real estate dealer John S. Cronin. In October of 1926. he also acquired 386 Marlborough.
By the 1925-1926 winter season, 384 Marlborough was the home of George Frederick Jones, a jeweler, and his wife, Cecelia (Celia) E. (Smith) Jones, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 304 Newbury, where they also operated a lodging house.
It appears that Albert and Elsie Hagar continued to maintain 384 Marlborough as their Boston residence as lodgers with the Joneses. Albert Hagar was killed in an automobile accident in Baltimore in May of 1927, and his May 12, 1927, Boston Globe obituary indicates that “he made his Winter home at 384 Marlboro st., and in the Summer resided in Norwell.”
On January 24, 1930, Mary F. Kett purchased 384 Marlborough from John Cronin. She was a bookkeeper at 51 Gloucester, the same address as John S. Cronin’s real estate office, and it appears likely that she held the property on his behalf. She lived at 23 Aberdeen.
The Joneses continued to live at 384 Marlborough until about 1931, when they moved to 32 Boulevard Terrace in Brighton.
By 1932, 384 Marlborough was the home of Irving (Ervin) Lincoln Beaman, an auto mechanic, and his wife, Ida Pearl (Westerman) Rowe Beaman, who continued to operate it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 317 Marlborough. They continued to live at 384 Marlborough in 1933, but moved thereafter to 295 Newbury.
By 1934, 384 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Emily (Woods) Taylor, the former wife of Clayton Taylor, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 265 Newbury. By 1935, she had moved to 84 Huntington.
In 1935, 384 Marlborough was the fraternity house of the MIT Chapter of Alpha Kappa Pi fraternity. It previously had been located at 136 Thorndike in Brookline.
On December 31, 1935, Albina M. Mitchell foreclosed on a mortgage she held on 384 Marlborough and took possession of the property. On April 29, 1936, it was acquired from her by real estate dealer Ray C. Johnson.
The property was shown as vacant in the 1936 City Directory.
On October 1, 1936, 384 Marlborough was acquired from Ray C. Johnson by Philip Elbridge Morrow, a mechanic, and his wife, Lillian C. (White) Pettit Morrow, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived in Cambridge.
John Joseph Pettit, Lillian Morrow’s son by her previous marriage to Martin Pettit, lived with them.
On July 10, 1937. the Morrows transferred 384 Marlborough to John Pettit.
By 1940, Philip and Lillian Morrow had divorced and he had moved to Cambridge. Lillian Morrow continued to live at 384 Marlborough and operate it as a lodging house. On June 24, 1940, her son transferred the property back to her. He married that year to Frances Maria Leyden and, after their marriage, they lived at 384 Marlborough with his mother. He was a realtor.
On April 10, 1946, Lillian Morrow transferred 384 Marlborough into her and her son’s names.
Lillian Morrow and the Pettits continued to live at 384 Marlborough during the 1960s. John and Frances Pettit subsequently divorced and she married again in 1969 to Ralph Tassinari. John Pettit continued to live at 384 Marlborough with his mother.
Lillian Morrow died in November of 1976. In her will, she left her interest in 384 Marlborough to John and Frances Pettit’s son, Martin T. Pettit, a lawyer, and on December 12, 1977, he transferred it to his father, who continued to live there until the early 1980s.
On May 18, 1982, 384 Marlborough was purchased from John J. Pettit by Anthony M. Rando.
On June 14, 1982, it was purchased from Anthony Rando by Gene Pokorny and his wife, Margaret Pokorny. They converted it back into a single-family dwelling.
In October of 2007, the Pokornys entered into a “Preservation Restriction Agreement” with the National Architectural Trust for the purpose of ensuring preservation of 384 Marlborough’s exterior.
384 Marlborough subsequently changed hands. It remained a single-family dwelling in 2021.