385 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, 385 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Mary L. (Payson) Mulliken, the widow of Samuel Mulliken, and their daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Clark, the widow of Dr. Joseph James Clark, who had been a physician in St. Louis. Living with them were Mrs. Clarks’s children — Joseph Payson Clark, Herbert Clark, Mary Oliver Clark, and Frank Mulliken Clark — and Mrs. Clark’s unmarried sisters, Sarah Payson Mulliken and Julia Mulliken.
In 1880, they all had lived together in 1880 at 10 Hawthorne Street.
Mary Mulliken is shown as the owner of 385 Marlborough on the 1883 Bromley map.
Sarah and Julia Mulliken moved by 1884.
Mary (Payson) Mulliken died in March of 1886. Mary Clark and her children continued to live at 385 Marlborough. She is shown as the owner on the 1888, 1898, 1908, and 1912 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1913.
Joseph Payson Clark, a physician, moved to 76 Marlborough in about 1895.
Mary Clark died in January of 1913. Herbert Clark, a real estate dealer, Frank M. Clark, a bank clerk, and Mary O. Clark continued to live at 385 Marlborough. Frank Clark married in November of 1914 to Bertha Mayer Hamilton and they moved to an apartment at 373 Commonwealth. In about 1917, Herbert Clark moved to 71 Marlborough to live with his brother, Joseph Payson Clark. Mary O. Clark went to France in January of 1917 to work in the relief effort during World War I.
By the 1916-1917 winter season, 385 Marlborough was the home of mining company executive Richard Fay Parker and his wife, Emma Rosalie (Guild) Parker. They previously had lived at 193 Beacon. They continued to live at 385 Marlborough during the 1917-1918 season, but moved thereafter and by 1920 were living at The Puritan at 390 Commonwealth.
385 Marlborough was not listed in the 1919 and 1920 Blue Books.
In January of 1920, at the time of the 1920 US Census, 385 Marlborough was the home of Miss Katherine (Kate) Irving Sanford. She also maintained a home in Taunton. By 1921, she had moved to 130 Marlborough.
During the 1920-1921 winter season, 385 Marlborough was the home of Homer Eugene Sawyer, Jr., a paper mill executive, and his wife Kathryn (Motley) Sawyer. They previously had lived at 304 Marlborough. They moved from 385 Marlborough by the 1921-1922 season and were living in Dedham by 1923.
During the 1921-1922 winter season, 385 Marlborough was the home of Cleveland Bigelow, a cotton merchant, and his wife Frances Constance (Folsom) Bigelow. They previously had lived at 10 Gloucester. They also maintained a home in Cohasset.
By the 1922-1923 winter season, 385 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Edward A. Supple, a physician, and his wife, Clare Alberta (McDonald) Supple. He also maintained his medical office there. They previously had lived (and he had maintained his office) at 409 Marlborough. Clare Supple was the assessed owner of 385 Marlborough from 1924 through 1940 and is shown as the owner on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
They continued to live at 385 Marlborough until his death in February of 1939.
385 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1940-1942 City Directories.
By 1941, it was owned by the Union Savings Bank of Boston, which was the assessed owner in 1941 and 1942.
In the spring of 1942, 385 Marlborough purchased from the bank by Donato Izzicupo, an interior decorator, and his wife, Margaret M. (DeBeukelaer) Izzicupo. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on May 17, 1942. They previously had lived at 53 East Springfield. Margaret Izzicupo was the assessed owner of 385 Marlborough from 1943 through 1945.
In July of 1942, Margaret Izzicupo filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into three apartments. The Izzicupos lived in one of the apartments until his death in May of 1945.
By 1946, 385 Marlborough was owned by Charles Harvey Edwards, an engineer, and his wife, Hannah (Marx) Edwards. They previously had lived in Michigan. Charles Edwards et al were the assessed owners of 385 Marlborough from 1946 through 1949. They lived in one of the apartments until about 1949, but moved thereafter.
In the summer of 1949, 385 Marlborough was acquired by John Watkins Dineen and his wife, Rose C. (Ulrich) Dineen. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on August 21, 1949. They previously had lived in New Hampshire. John W. Dineen et al were the assessed owners of 385 Marlborough from 1950 through 1953. They lived in one of the apartments until about 1953, but moved thereafter.
In about 1953, 385 Marlborough was acquired by Rose Rochelle (Goldberg) Levin Glazer, the former wife of Reuben Levin and of Max L. Glazer, who lived at 273 Beacon. She was a pianist and entertainer who performed as (and legally changed her name to) Rose Rochelle. She owned several apartment buildings and lodging houses in the Back Bay and South End. In November of 1960, she transferred 385 Marlborough and several other properties to herself as trustee of the Rochelle Realty Trust.
In December of 1963, John F. Kane purchased 385 Marlborough from the Rochelle Realty Trust.
In December of 1994, Jon J. Feeney, executor of John F. Kane’s estate, transferred 385 Marlborough to himself and Patricia Apeland as tenants in common. In November of 2007, they transferred the property into Jon Feeney’s name, and in December of 2007, he transferred the property to himself as trustee of the 385 Marlborough Street Nominee Trust.
In August of 2009, Paul Schlegel, trustee of the 385 Marlborough Street Nominee Trust, filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from three apartments to four apartments, indicating that this had been the existing condition “since the 1940s” (based on City Directory entries, it appears that the property had been occupied by four families since the mid-1950s).
The property changed hands. It remained an apartment building, assessed as a four- to six-family dwelling, in 2015.