389 Commonwealth

389 Commonwealth (2014)

389 Commonwealth (2014)

Irregular Lot: 23.99' on Commonwealth (2,184 sf)

Irregular Lot: 23.99′ on Commonwealth (2,184 sf)

389 Commonwealth is located on the north side of Commonwealth, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, with 387 Commonwealth to the east and 391 Commonwealth to the west.

389 Commonwealth was designed by architect Obed F. Smith and built in 1885-1886 by Charles H. Dodge, mason, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale, one of six contiguous houses (381-383-385-387-389-391 Commonwealth). George Wheatland, Jr., is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 389 Commonwealth, dated December 15, 1885, and on the 1888 Bromley map.  At the same time, George Wheatland, Jr., was having six more houses built at 430-440 Marlborough on the lots to the north, behind 381-391 Commonwealth, also designed by Obed Smith and built by Charles Dodge.

By the 1887-1888 winter season, 389 Commonwealth was the home of Josiah Bradlee Kendall and his wife, Elizabeth (McPherson) Kendall. They previously had lived at 79 Worcester. Elizabeth Kendall is shown as the owner on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.

Josiah Kendall was a granite dealer and formerly had been a hide and leather merchant. He subsequently became a real estate dealer and in 1895 purchased The Colonial apartments at 382 Commonwealth.

Josiah Kendall died in June of 1897. Elizabeth Kendall continued to live at 389 Commonwealth during the 1898-1899 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

389 Commonwealth was not listed in the 1900 and 1901 Blue Books.

389 Commonwealth (ca. 1898). detail from photograph of 381-389 Commonwealth; © The Mary Baker Eddy Collection; used with permission.

389 Commonwealth (ca. 1898). detail from photograph of 381-389 Commonwealth; © The Mary Baker Eddy Collection; used with permission.

By the 1901-1902 winter season, 389 Commonwealth was the home of Josiah and Elizabeth Kendall’s son and daughter-in-law, Frederick Kendall and Harriott Martha (Magoun) Kendall. They previously had lived in Hanover. Harriott Kendall is shown as the owner on the 1908 Bromley map.

Frederick Kendall was a hide and leather dealer.

They continued to live at 389 Commonwealth during the 1909-1910 winter season. By 1911, they had moved to The Colonial at 382 Commonwealth, where he died in October of 1911.

By the 1910-1911 winter season, 389 Commonwealth was the home of Guy Wilbur Currier and his wife, Marie Glass (Burress) Currier. They previously had lived at 298 Newbury. Marie G. Currier is shown as the owner of 389 Commonwealth on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in Methuen.

Guy Currier was an attorney. Prior to their marriage in June of 1894, Marie Burress had been an actress, a leading lady with the Boston Museum stock company.  In 1920, she established Mariarden Theatre in the Woods in Peterborough, New Hampshire, described in an April 1922 advertisement in Theatre Arts Magazine as a “an outdoor stage for professional performance” and “a summer school for students of the drama and of stage dancing.” Among the actors and actresses who came to Mariarden were Bette Davis, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Robeson, and the Bennett sisters: Joan, Constance, and Barbara.

The Curriers continued to live at 389 Commonwealth during the 1916-1917 winter season, but moved thereafter to 8 Commonwealth.

389 Commonwealth was not listed in the 1918-1922 Blue Books.

By the 1922-1923 winter season, 389 Commonwealth was the home of Guy and Marie Currier’s son-in-law and daughter, Kenneth Lovell Lindsey and Anne (Currier) Lindsey. In 1921, they previously had lived at 95 Mt. Vernon.

Kenneth Lindsey was president of the Boston Pottery Company in East Boston.

389 Commonwealth (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

389 Commonwealth (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By 1924, they were living in Osterville.

By the 1923-1924 winter season, 389 Commonwealth was the home of Allan Brown Farmer and his wife, Natalie (Morrison) Farmer. They previously had lived at the Hotel Buckminster at 645 Beacon. Natalie Farmer is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map. They also maintained a home in East Gloucester.

Allan Farmer was a jeweler, with a specialty in pearls.

They continued to live at 389 Commonwealth during the 1928-1929 winter season, but had moved to New York City by 1930.

In March of 1930, 389 Commonwealth was purchased by the Massachusetts Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias Trust.

In July of 1933, the Lodge applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel 389 Commonwealth into offices for the lodge and one dwelling unit for the caretaker. In November of 1939, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to increase the number of apartments from one to two.

In April of 1946, the Lodge applied for permission to increase the number of apartments from two to three. It subsequently abandoned the permit.

In March of 1958, the Lodge applied for (and subsequently received) permission to increase the number of apartments to four.

In September of 1973, 389 Commonwealth was purchased from the Knights of Pythias Lodge by Dr. James J. Daly, a physician specializing in pathology, and his wife, Dr. Daisy DePeralta-Daly, a physician specializing in gastroenterology, as trustees of the 389 Commonwealth Avenue Realty Trust.

389 Commonwealth remained an apartment building in 2014.

381-389 Commonwealth (ca. 1898), © The Mary Baker Eddy Collection; used with permission.

381-389 Commonwealth (ca. 1898), © The Mary Baker Eddy Collection; used with permission.