424 Marlborough is located on the SW corner of Marlborough and Massachusetts, with 416 Marlborough to the east, across Mass. Ave., 426 Marlborough to the west, 421-423 Marlborough (33-35 Massachusetts Avenue) to the north, across Marlborough, and 47 Massachusetts Avenue to the south.
424 Marlborough was designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1889 by Warren Dexter Vinal, a builder and real estate developer, one of four contiguous houses (424 Marlborough and 47-49-51 Massachusetts Avenue). Warren Vinal is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications, all dated March 1, 1889, and on the final building inspection report for 51 Massachusetts Avenue, dated November 15, 1889.
By the 1889-1890 winter season, 424 Marlborough was the home of shipping mechant Charles Lowell Pearson and his wife, Mary Eliza (Cutter) Pearson. They previously had lived at 6 Mt. Vernon. His sister, Abbie W. Pearson, lived with them.
Abbie Pearson died in November of 1892, and Charles and Mary Pearson moved soon thereafter to the Hotel Kensington at 687 Boylston.
By the 1893-1894 winter season, 424 Marlborough was the home of wholesale wool merchant Nathan Eisemann and his wife, Helen (Grunefeld) Eisemann. They continued to live there until April of 1900, when they traveled to Germany.
F. C. Welch et al, trustees, are shown as the owners of 424 Marlborough on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.
By mid-1900, it was the home of Joseph M. Herman and his wife, Hannah (Hennie) (Adler) Herman. They previously had lived at 548 Columbus.
He was a wholesale boot and shoe dealer specializing in the manufacture of shoes for the army and navy.
Joseph Herman died in December of 1920. Hennie Herman continued to live at 424 Marlborough and also to maintain a summer residence in Lynn.
The Hermans appear first to have leased 424 Marlborough and then to have purchased it. F. C. Welch et al, trustees, continued to be shown as the owners of 424 Marlborough on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps, and were the assessed owners through 1919. Joseph Herman appears to have acquired the property shortly before his death. He was the assessed owner from 1920, and the Heirs of Joseph Herman remained the assessed owners through 1934 and are shown as the owners on the 1928 Bromley map.
424 Marlborough was not listed in the 1932-1937 Blue Books and was shown as vacant in the 1932-1936 City Directories.
By 1937, it was the home of Dr. Henry Mayor Landesman and his wife, Eleanor D. (Peterson) Landesman. They previously had lived at 463 Commonwealth. He was a physician and surgeon, and maintained his office at 424 Marlborough and a second office at 151 Warren in Roxbury.
They continued to live at 424 Marlborough in 1938, but moved that year to an apartment at 366 Commonwealth, where they lived (and he maintained his office) until 1941, when they moved to 429 Marlborough.
By 1938, 424 Marlborough was the home of Domenic Salvati and his wife, Genesia (DeBernardi) Salvati. They are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map.
In May of 1938, Domenic Salvati applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the building and convert it into a single-family dwelling and store. The plans included creating a new street-level entrance on Massachusetts Avenue for the store, adding a one-story bay to the south of the entrance, and installing plate glass show windows on the Massachusetts and Marlborough façades. It also included closing the original entrance on Marlborough, and creating a new entrance on Marlborough for the apartment, located to the west of the western bow. In June of 1948, he amended the plans to replace the proposed one-story bay on Massachusetts Avenue with a one-story flat-fronted addition, allowing a larger show window. The remodeling was designed by architect Michael J. Mastrangelo. Plans for the remodeling — including elevations and floor plans — are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN R-9).
In February of 1948, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to build a one story addition in the open space between 424 and 426 Marlborough, to be used as a storeroom for the Marlboro Market. Plans for the remodeling are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN R-86).
In May of 1948, the Salvatis acquired 51 Massachusetts Avenue.
In 1952, the Marlborough Market was acquired by Peter (Pierino) Bergagna, who had worked there since 1939. He and his wife, Virginia (Medici) Bergagna, lived at 72 Commonwealth.
On March 2, 1955, Domenic Salvati filed for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel 424 Marlborough into two apartments and a store. At about the same time, the Salvatis moved from 424 Marlborough, probably to Belmont, where they were living at the time of their deaths, she in November of 1960 and he in June of 1961.
By the mid-1970s, 424 Marlborough was owned by Peter Bergagna and John Constantino.
In May of 1975, Thomas and William Malone purchased 424 Marlborough from Peter Bergagna and John Constantino. They transferred the property to themselves as trustees of the Malone Realty Trust. They also assumed ownership of the Marlboro Market.
In August of 2012, William Malone sold his fifty percent interest in 424 Marlborough to Thomas Malone, as trustee of the TFM Marlboro Market Trust.
424 Marlborough remained a two-family residence and market in 2014.