409 Marlborough, a twelve-unit apartment building, was designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1890 by Keening & Strout Brothers, masons, for jeweler and real estate developer Edwin B. Horn, Jr. It was a companion building to 411 Marlborough, a six-unit building built at the same time at the corner of Marlborough and Massachusetts Avenue, and to 405-407 Marlborough, two six-unit buildings built for Edwin Horn in 1889.
Edwin Horn is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications for 405 and 407 Marlborough, both dated January 24, 1889, on the final building inspection report for 405 Marlborough dated October 29, 1889, on the permit application for 409 Marlborough, dated May 19, 1890, and on the final building inspection reports for 409 and 411 Marlborough, both dated October 21, 1891.
Edwin Horn purchased the land for 409-411 Marlborough on May 1, 1890, from Walter C. Cabot. He had purchased the land on January 17, 1880, from Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Henry M. Whitney, trustees of a real estate investment trust. The land was part of a larger parcel originally purchased by the trust on March 1, 1872, from the Boston Water Power Company.
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On January 24, 1891, 409 Marlborough was purchased from Albert Geiger by Benjamin Lowell Merrill Tower and Edward Jonathan Hammond as trustees of the Marlborough Associates trust. Benjamin Tower was an attorney and also owned 405 Marlborough, where he and his wife, Eliza Curtis (Kneeland) Tower, lived in one of the apartments. Edward Hammond was a wholesale lumber merchant and also owned 407 Marlborough; he and his wife, Alice Ida (Eastman) Hammond, lived at 440 Marlborough.
On August 23, 1905, 409 Marlborough was purchased from the Marlboro Associates by attorney and real estate investor Frederick Silsbee Whitwell. He and his wife, Gertrude (Howard) Whitwell, lived at 166 Marlborough.
Frederick S. Whitwell was the son of Frederick Augustus Whitwell and Mary Crowninshield (Silsbee) Whitwell. Frederick Augustus Whitwell’s brother, real estate dealer Samuel Horatio Whitwell, had purchased 411 Marlborough in January of 1891. He had died in March of 1904 and, under his will, his estate was inherited by his brother, Frederick Augustus Whitwell during his lifetime and then divided equally between Frederick A. Whitwell’s two children, Frederick Silsbee Whitwell and Natalie Silsbee Whitwell.
Frederick A. Whitwell died in July of 1912. On July 16, 1913, Frederick Silsbee Whitwell transferred a one-half interest in 409 Marlborough to his sister, Natalie. She and he thereby each owned one-half interest in both 409 Marlborough and in 411 Marlborough (which they had inherited from Samuel Horatio Whitwell’s estate following the death of their father). On November 1, 1916, Frederick S. Whitwell transferred his one-half interest in both properties to Natalie Whitwell.
409 Marlborough and 411 Marlborough remained under the same ownership until 1960.
By 1915, 409 Marlborough had been converted from twelve to eighteen apartments.
On January 30, 1918, 409-411 Marlborough were purchased from Natalie Whitwell by real estate dealer Charles H. Gosse, and on the next day they were acquired from him by real estate dealer Charles W. Rowell.
The property changed hands and on May 29, 1922, was acquired by Grace Maria (Bishop) McClary, the wife of real estate dealer Walter Percival McClary. They lived in Melrose.
On February 14, 1924, 409-411 Marlborough were acquired from Grace McClary by Gibran Kahlil Gibran and Faris Salem Maloof. Gibran Kahlil Gibran was a noted artist, poet, and philosopher, best known for his work, The Prophet. He was unmarried and lived in New York City. Faris Maloof was manager of a wholesale bakery and later would become an attorney and leader of the Syrian and Lebanese American community. He and his wife, Hanny F. (Malouf) Maloof, lived in Jamaica Plain.
On March 4, 1925, 409-411 Marlborough were purchased by George Regina Boardman, the wife of Earl Griswold Boardman. They had married in May of 1924 and lived in Brookline. On May 27, 1926, she transferred the property to her husband’s sister, Clara (Claire) Althea Boardman. Earl and George Boardman divorced in 1928.
On January 20, 1928, Clara Boardman sold a one-half interest in 409-411 Marlborough to Zelda (Jacobson) Greenhood, the wife of attorney Benjamin Harris Greenhood. They lived in Brookline. On June 3, 1931, Zelda Greenhood transferred her interest to her husband.
Clara Boardman married in January of 1933 to Gordon Judson McCurdy. She continued to own a one-half interest in 409-411 Marlborough.
Zelda Greenhood died in May of 1941 and Benjamin Greenhood died in August of 1948.
On November 1, 1949, the Greenhoods’ three children – Alfred M. Greenhood, Ernest J. Greenhood, and Bernard Lionel Greenhood, as trustees under their father’s will – acquired Clara (Boardman) McCurdy’s one-half interest in 409-411 Marlborough.
In July of 1960, the Greenhoods sold 411 Marlborough to S. Zelig Rivkind.
The Greenhoods retained 409 Marlborough, and in May of 1961, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from fourteen apartments into fourteen apartments and a retail store, adding a separate basement entrance to the store. By 1964, they operated 409 Marlborough as a combination of apartments and a lodging house, with two addresses, one at 409 Marlborough and the other at 409A Marlborough.
On July 30, 1964, 409 Marlborough was purchased from the Boardmans by Robert M. Cabitt, trustee of the 409 Marlborough Trust, and on July 28, 1966, it was acquired from him by Lee E. Ellison. In July of 1967, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into 36 apartments, 1 retail store, and 1 office.
On February 12, 1968, 409 Marlborough was purchased from Lee Ellison by real estate dealer Bernard (Ben) Smullin, trustee of the Alcher Realty Trust.
In February of 1968, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to amend the permit previously approved for Lee Ellison and change the occupancy to 38 apartments, 1 retail store, and 1 office.
On March 7, 1969, he transferred the property to himself and his brother and business partner, Samuel Smullin. On November 3, 1980, they transferred 409 Marlborough to the Marlborough Properties Corporation, later known as the Florida-Marlborough Properties Corporation.
On March 17, 1982, 409 Marlborough was purchased from the Florida-Marlborough Properties Corporation by The Marlborough Group Limited Partnership (Camran, Inc., general partner). In April of 1988, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into 39 apartments and 1 retail store (the office having been converted into a residential unit).
On June 21, 2004, 409 Marlborough was purchased from The Marlborough Group LP by the 409 Marlborough Street LLC (Alfred Sabetfard, manager).
409 Marlborough remained an apartment house and commercial building in 2017.