401 Marlborough was designed by Cabot and Chandler, architects, and built in 1885 by George G. Shepard, mason, and M. Chesley & Co., builders.
401 Marlborough was built as the home of merchant William Simes and his wife, Fannie Swett (Newell) Simes. They had lived at 257 Marlborough in 1885. William Simes is shown as the owner of 401 Marlborough on the original building permit application, dated August 21, 1885, on the final building inspection report, dated December 15, 1886, and on the 1888 Bromley map.
During the 1888-1889 winter season, 401 Marlborough was the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Pratt, probably real estate broker William Pratt and his wife, Anita P. (Jones) Pratt. They continued to live there in 1890.
By the 1889-1890 winter season, 401 Marlborough was the home of dry goods commission merchant Daniel Denny and his wife, Mary DeForest (Bigelow) Denny. They previously had lived at 8 Gloucester. They also maintained a home in Milton. Daniel Denny is shown as the owner of 401 Marlborough on the 1890 and 1895 Bromley maps.
Daniel Denny’s unmarried brother, Clarence Holbrook Denny, lived with them until about 1895, when he moved to 66 Beacon. He was a wool dealer.
Daniel Denny died in October of 1897. Mary Denny continued to live at 401 Marlborough in 1898, but had moved to an apartment at The Graffam at 330 Dartmouth by 1899. The heirs of Daniel Denny are shown as the owners of 401 Marlborough on the 1898 Bromley map and were the assessed owners through 1906..
By the 1898-1899 winter season, 401 Marlborough was the home of Moorfield Storey, an attorney, and his wife, Gertrude (Cutts) Storey. They previously had lived in Brookline. They also maintained a home in Lincoln. They continued to live at 401 Marlborough in 1900, but had moved to 24 Fenway by 1901.
By the 1900-1901 winter season, 401 Marlborough was the home of dry goods commission merchant Joseph Sargent, Jr., and his wife, Nellie Louise (McClure) Sargent.
They continued to live there during the 1901- 1902 season, joined by Jordan Dumaresq and his wife, Amy (Gunther) Sweet Dumaresq. They had married in July of 1901. By 1902, the Dumaresqs had left for Europe.
By the 1903-1904 winter season, 401 Marlborough was the home of Alice W. (Twombly) Jones, the widow of Frank William Jones, who had died in December of 1900. Prior to his death, they had lived at 232 Beacon; she subsequently had lived at The Tuileries at 270 Commonwealth. She continued to live at 401 Marlborough until her death in July of 1906.
In the fall of 1906, 401 Marlborough was purchased from Daniel Denny’s estate by Dr. Andreas (Andrew) Forest Christian, a physician and physiotherapist, and his wife Myrtle Edith (Shaw) Christian. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on October 10, 1906. They previously had lived in an apartment at 405 Marlborough. He was the assessed owner of 401 Marlborough from 1907 through 1915 and is shown as the owner on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps.
They continued to live at 401 Marlborough and in the 1920s (and possibly before), he operated a private hospital at the same address. From 1916 through 1922, John H. Powers, not Dr. Christian, was the assessed owner and is shown as the owner on the 1917 Bromley map; however, Myrtle E. Christian was the assessed owner from 1923 through 1930 and is shown as the owner on the 1928 map.
The Provident Realty Company was the assessed owner of 401 Marlborough in 1931.
On November 4, 1931, Dr. Christian was sentenced to one year in jail, having plead guilty to forging the signature of one of his patients and transferring her funds to his account.
Myrtle Christian died in November of 1931.
On December 27, 1931, the Boston Globe reported that 401 Marlborough had been acquired from the estate of Myrtle Christian by William Hoag et al, trustees of the estate of Georgette A. Prescott. They were the assessed owners from 1932 through 1945 and are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map.
Andreas Christian and his daughter, Hazel Madeleine Christian, continued to live at 401 Marlborough until about 1936, but had moved to 20 Hereford by 1937.
401 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1937-1939 City Directories.
In 1940 and 1941, 401 Marlborough was the location of the National Association of United Authors, a publishing organization.
The house was shown as vacant in the 1942 City Directory.
By 1943, 401 Marlborough was the home of George E. Schloerb and his wife, Edith D. (Eacker) Schloerb. They previously had lived in Weston.
The property continued to be owned by William Hoag et, trustees, and in March of 1943, they filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a lodging house. Edith Schloerb was shown as the “occupant” of the house on the application.
In April of 1951, George Schloerb filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into a two-family dwelling and lodging house.
By 1954, 401 Marlborough was the home of John J. Ventola, a real estate dealer, and his wife, Charlotte G. (Rohan) Ventola, an attorney. They had married that year and 401 Marlborough probably was their first home together. He was the assessed owner from 1955.
In May of 1954, John Ventola filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into a three-family dwelling and lodging house.
In February of 1973, John M. Le Coq, trustee of the 403 Marlborough Street Realty Trust, acquired 401 Marlborough from John and Charlotte Ventola. He previously had acquired 403 Marlborough.
401 and 403 Marlborough changed hands and were purchased in July of 1979 by Farshid Banani and Lili Banani, trustees of the B & N Realty Trust,
In August of 1981, the B & N Realty Trust filed for (and subsequently received) permission to combine 401 and 403 Marlborough into a single property, add a fifth story to both buildings, and convert the combined property into sixteen apartments.
In September of 1983, the B & N Realty Trust converted 401-403 Marlborough into sixteen condominium units, the 403 Marlborough Street Condominium..