416 Marlborough is located on the SE corner of Marlborough and Massachusetts Avenue, with 406 Marlborough to the east, 424 Marlborough to the west, across Mass. Ave., 411 Marlborough to the north, across Marlborough, and 355 Commonwealth to the south, across Alley 429.
416 Marlborough was designed by architect Willard T. Sears and built in 1895 as a 32-unit apartment building, The Marlborough, for Washington Butcher Thomas.
Washington Thomas was a sugar manufacturer and an investor in real estate. In addition to The Marlborough, in 1898-1899, he built the Hotel Cambridge at 483 Beacon. He and his wife, Caroline (Wadleigh) Thomas, lived at 20 Gloucester.
A July 25, 1895, article in the Boston Globe described plans for the building: “Washington B. Thomas is having plans prepared for a large apartment house on the corner of Massachusetts av and Marlboro st. It will be eight stories in height, and will occupy 11,872 square feet of land. There will be a frontage on Marlboro st of 100 feet and on Massachusetts av of 125 feet. There will be about 40 suites, most of them arranged for housekeeping. The lower floor will be specially arranged for physicians’ offices. There will be no stoves in the building. It will be one of the largest apartment houses in the city.”
Washington Thomas continued to be shown as the owner on the 1898 and 1908 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1911. He also continued to own the Hotel Cambridge at 483 Beacon and two adjoining townhouses at 479-481 Beacon.
By 1912, 416 Marlborough and 479-481-483 Beacon were owned by Leslie C. Wead et al, trustees. They continued to be the assessed owners of 416 Marlborough until 1918 and of the Beacon Street properties until 1917, and are shown as the owners of all four properties on the 1917 Bromley map. Leslie Wead was a lawyer and real estate trustee, and was acting as trustee of the Thomas family’s investments.
By 1919, the four properties were owned by the Marlborough Real Estate Trust, which was the assessed owner from 1919 through 1921.
By 1922, Herbert G. Sumner et al, trustees of the Thomas Trust, were the assessed owners of all four properties.
Washington Thomas died in May of 1929 and Caroline (Wadleigh) Thomas died in May of 1939.
416 Marlborough and 479-481-483 Beacon continued to be owned by the Thomas estate. Herbert G. Sumner et al, trustees, were the assessed owners through 1949, and William Tudor Gardiner et al, trustees, were the assessed owners from 1950 through 1954. William T. Gardiner was Washington and Caroline Thomas’s son-in-law, the husband of Margaret (Thomas) Gardiner. He was a lawyer and had served as Governor of Maine; he died in August of 1953.
By 1955, 416 Marlborough and 479-481-483 Beacon were owned by Miss Katherine F. Ladd, who was the assessed owner of all four properties from 1955. She was a secretary with Dreyfus Properties, which managed the buildings, and appears to have held them in her name on their behalf. She lived in Roslindale.
In March of 1971, 416 Marlborough was acquired from Katherine Ladd by the Back Bay Trust (David H. Greenberg, Albert L. Manley, Joel B. Wilder, and Leonard S. Green, trustees). At the same time, 479-481-483 Beacon were acquired by the Beacon Tower Trust (Harold Brown and Robert J. Samia, trustees).
416 Marlborough changed hands, including going through foreclosure, and in August of 1986 was purchased by Berton M. Hochfeld, trustee of the Veaonia Realty Trust.
In November of 1989, Barry L. Queen, trustee of the Veaonia Realty Trust, converted the property into seventy-one condominium units, seventy residential units and one commercial unit, the Four Hundred Sixteen Marlborough Condominium. In 1996, the commercial unit was converted to residential use, and in 2000, two of the units were combined, reducing the total number of units to 70.