390 Marlborough was designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1885 by building contractor John W. Shapleigh, for speculative sale, one of three contiguous houses (390-392-394 Marlborough). John Shapleigh is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 390 Marlborough, dated September 3, 1885, and on the final building inspection report, dated July 16, 1886.
By the 1886-1887 winter season, 390 Marlborough was the home of George Whitney Coleman and his wife, Isabella J. (Williams) Pollard Coleman. They previously had lived at 39 Fairfield. He is shown as the owner of 390 Marlborough on the 1888 and 1898 Bromley maps. He was a dealer om hosiery, gloves, and smallwares.
George Coleman died in July of 1897. Isabella Coleman continued to live at 390 Marlborough.
During the 1903-1904 and 1904-1905 winter seasons, Isabella Coleman was traveling abroad and 390 Marlborough was not listed in the 1904 and 1905 Blue Books. By the 1905-1906 season, she was living there once again.
The George W. Coleman’s Heirs are shown as the owners on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps, and were the assessed owners through 1915. The City of Boston was the assessed owner in 1916, but George W. Coleman’s Heirs or Devisees were again the assessed owners from 1917 through 1924, and were shown as the owners on the 1917 Bromley map.
Isabella Coleman continued to live at 390 Marlborough during the 1912-1913 winter season, but moved thereafter to the Hotel Vendôme. She died in April of 1920.
The house was not listed in the 1914-1926 Blue Books.
The Heirs of George Coleman continued to be shown as the owners on the 1917 Bromley map.
By 1925, 390 Marlborough was owned by James M. Burr.
On March 22, 1925, the Boston Globe reported that George W. Judkins had purchased 390 Marlborough from James M. Burr. George Judkins was the assessed owner in 1925.
By 1926, 390 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Bertha Elizabeth (Roberts) Coats, the widow of Herbert Philip Coats, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived in Brookline. By 1928, She had moved to 402 Marlborough.
By 1928, 390 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Annie Jane (Trimble) Varney, the widow of John R. Varney, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 515 Beacon. She continued to live at 390 Marlborough until about 1930, when she moved to 445 Beacon.
By 1929, 390 Marlborough was owned by Joseph Y. Schooner, who was the assessed owner from that year through 1933.
In September of 1930, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to install fire balconies on the rear of the building, connecting with 392 Marlborough. The application was filed for both properties and the current use indicated as “lodgings.”
The house was not listed in the 1928-1935 Blue Books, and as vacant in the 1930 City Directory.
By 1931, 390 Marlborough was the home of Bror A. Pearson and his wife, Martha J. (Johansen) Pearson. He was a plumber, and they operated 390 Marlborough as a lodging house. In 1930, they had lived at 517 Beacon, where they also operated a lodging house.
Wilfred Bolster et al, Trustees, were the assessed owners of 390 Marlborough from 1934 through 1942 and are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map. The Henry O. Peabody School for Girls was the assessed owner from 1943 through 1945, and Samuel Siskind was the assessed owner in 1946.
Bror and Martha Pearson continued to live and operate a lodging house at 390 Marlborough until about 1947.
By 1947, 390 Marlborough was the home of James Joseph Feeley and his wife, Nettie Josephine (Bazinait) Feeley. They previously had lived in Marlborough, Massachusetts. They were the assessed owners of 390 Marlborough from 1947 through 1953. They continued to lived there and operate it as a lodging house until about 1953.
In October of 1953, Joseph S. Hunter purchased 390 Marlborough from James and Nettie Feeley. He was a wholesale jeweler and an investor in real estate. He and his wife, Edythe V. (Sofnas) Hunter, lived in Brookline.
By 1954, 390 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Marion (Marian) Ann (Bourne) McKeever, the former wife of Francis Joseph McKeever, who operated it as a lodging house. Her son, Francis J. McKeever, Jr., and mother, Helen M. (Flynn) Bourne Martin, the former wife of Owen Phinney Bourne and widow of James J. Martin, lived with her. They previously had lived at 817 Beacon.
Marion McKeever was a secretary and bookkeeper for Joseph Hunter. In December of 1955, she gave birth to his daughter, Noreen Judith Hunter.
Helen Martin died in August of 1971.
In December of 1982, Joseph Hunter transferred 390 Marlborough to himself and Marion McKeever, as joint tenants. At about that time, he began living there with her.
They continued to live at 390 Marlborough until the early 1990s, when he moved to a nursing home. Marion McKeever died in January of 1995, and Joseph Hunter died in April of 1996. After litigation, ownership of 390 Marlborough reverted to Joseph Hunter’s estate.
In August of 1999, Jack W. Szostak purchased 390 Marlborough from the estate of Joseph Hunter.
390 Marlborough remained a single-family dwelling in 2015.