425 Marlborough was designed by architect Obed F. Smith and built in 1886-1887 by Charles A. Dodge, builder, one of three contiguous houses (425-427-429 Marlborough) built for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale. He is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications for all three houses, all dated October 14, 1886.
As originally built, all three were three stories in height, probably all of the design which survives at 429 Marlborough. By the mid-1890s, and possibly even before they were occupied, additional stories had been added to 425 and 427 Marlborough. All three houses show as three story houses on the original permit application and on the 1887 Sanborn map, but 425 and 427 Marlborough show as having four stories on the 1897 Sanborn map and 1898 Bromley map.
By the 1887-1888 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Edward Burgess and his wife, Caroline Louisa (Sullivant) Burgess. They had lived at 443 Marlborough during the previous season. He is shown as the owner of 425 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.
Edward Burgess was secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History and an instructor of entomology at Harvard. In the mid-1880s he became a designer of sailing yachts. Among the yachts he designed were the Puritan, which won the America’s Cup in 1885, and the Mayflower, which won the Cup in 1886.
The Burgesses had moved by the 1888-1889 winter season, and by the 1889-1890 season were living at a new home they had built at 503 Beacon.
By the 1888-1889 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of attorney Amos Lawrence Hatheway and his wife, Cora L. (Moulton) Hatheway. They previously had lived at 263 West Newton. Cora Hatheway is shown as the owner of 425 Marlborough on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.
They continued to live at 425 Marlborough during the 1896-1897 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.
The Hatheways continued to own 425 Marlborough and to lease it to others. Cora Hatheway is shown as the owner on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.
By the 1899-1900 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Sarah H. (Robbins) Crosse, the widow of Charles W. Crosse. She previously had lived at 845 Boylston and before that at 6 Marlborough. She continued to live at 425 Marlborough during the 1900-1901 season, but moved thereafter to The Wadsworth (Newbury, corner Kenmore).
Also during the 1899-1900 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Henry W. Foster and his wife, Emma G. (Brooks) Foster. They previously had lived at Exeter Chambers (southeast corner of Exeter and Blagden). He was a wholesale grocer. They had moved by the 1900-1901 season, and by 1902 were living at 2 Louise Park.
By the 1901-1902 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Sarah Frances (Miller) Richardson Mason Firmin, the widow of Joseph E. Richardson, Aaron Mason, and David Holley Firmin, and the former wife of Joseph B. Turner (whose name she did not keep). She continued to live there during the 1903-1904 winter season, but moved thereafter.
During the 1904-1905 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. L. Katharine Wright. She previously had lived at 11 Albemarle Chambers.
425 Marlborough was not listed in the 1906 Blue Book.
By the 1906-1907 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Frederic Jay Cotton, a physician, and his wife, Jane (Baldwin) Cotton. He also maintained his medical office there. They previously had lived (and he had maintained his office) at 416 Marlborough.
Frederic Cotton was an orthopedic surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgery, and a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He was a founder and regent of the American College of Surgeons.
They continued to live (and he to maintain his office) at 425 Marlborough during the 1908-1909 winter season. In 1909, they moved to an apartment at 224 Marlborough and he moved his office to the Hotel Cambridge at 483 Beacon. By 1913, they had moved to Brookline, and in 1915 they purchased and moved to 239 Beacon.
By the 1909-1910 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Nellie Louise (Macomber) Lawrence, the former wife of David Ellis Lawrence.
N. Louise Lawrence was a physician. She maintained her office at 425 Marlborough and also operated it as a lodging house for nurses. She previously had lived and maintained her office at 18 Huntington.
By 1911, she also sublet office space to at least two other physicians, Dr. Leo V. Friedman and Dr. Henry Tolman, Jr. They both lived in Allston.
N. Louise Lawrence continued to live and maintain her office at 425 Marlborough during the 1912-1913 winter season, but moved thereafter.
Dr. Tolman continued to maintain his office at 425 Marlborough until about 1914, when he moved it to 543 Boylston. Dr. Friedman, who also was a professor at Tufts Medical School, continued to maintain his office at 425 Marlborough until about 1923, when he moved it to 15 Bay State Road.
After Dr. Lawrence moved from 425 Marlborough, the lodging house was operated by Miss Ellen A Stowe, a nurse, who had lived there as a lodger from about 1910. It continued to be a lodging house for nurses.
Ellen Stowe continued to live there and operate it as a lodging house for nurses until about 1927. In about 1928, she resumed her nursing career. She continued to live at 425 Marlborough.
By the 1927-1928 winter season, 425 Marlborough was the home of Miss Helen Goodell Medbury, who assumed responsibility for operating the lodging house. She previously had lived at 839 Boylston, where she was registrar of the Boston Nurses Club and Registry.
The ownership of 425 Marlborough had changed hands several times in the 1920s, and in early 1928 it was acquired by William D. Gage. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on February 19, 1928. He is shown as the owner on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
In 1928, Helen Medbury moved to 427 Marlborough, where she continued to operate a lodging house for nurses. Ellen Stowe, and many of the other nurses who had lived at 425 Marlborough, moved there with her.
In 1928, 425 Marlborough became the home of Clyde Eugene Hipple and his wife, Eva Pearl (Nosker) Hipple. They previously had lived at 272 Newbury. Eva Hipple’s sister, Luella (Nosker) Clinton, the widow of John Clinton, lived with them. The Hipples operated 425 Marlborough as a lodging house.
The Hipples separated in the early 1930s. Clyde Hipple moved to Pompano, Florida, and Eva Hipple moved to Allston. Luella Clinton moved with her.
By 1931, 425 Marlborough was the home of William J. Mills and his wife, Sadie B. Mills, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived in Georgia. William Mills died in September of 1931. Sadie Mills moved soon thereafter.
By 1933, 425 Marlborough was the home of John (Jack) J. Mills and his wife, Hazel Beatrice (McIntyre) Mills, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived in an apartment at 421 Marlborough, where they also accepted lodgers. In 1928, they had lived and operated a lodging house at 441 Marlborough.
Jack Mills either died or they separated by the mid-1930s. She continued to live at 425 Marlborough until her death in December of 1952.
In 1953, 425 and 427 Marlborough were acquired by Albert Leo Hollingdale. Albert L Hollingdale et al were the assessed owners from 1954.
In June of 1953, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to cut openings between the two houses on the basement and first floors. They both continued to be operated as separate lodging houses.
By the late 1950s, 425 and 427 Marlborough were being operated jointly as the Tabor Hall Dormitory, named for Albert Hollingdale’s wife, Margaret E. (Tabor) Hollingdale (the Hollingdales also operated Hollingdale Hall dormitory at 517 and 519 Beacon). 425 Marlborough is not listed in the 1957-1960 City Directories.
By the early 1960s, 425 and 427 Marlborough were owned by real estate dealer Hugh Richardson Farrington and his wife, Clara Marcellina (Cormier) Farrington, who operated the buildings as dormitories for Boston University. Hugh Farrington also had acquired 517 and 519 Beacon and operated them, along with 521 Beacon, as BU dormitories.,
In April of 1969, Frank L. Shaw purchased 425 and 427 Marlborough from the Farringtons. He continued to operate the properties as lodging houses.
In January of 1973, Alfred J. Greenwood and William Vinal purchased 425 and 427 Marlborough from Frank Shaw. They continued to operate the properties as lodging houses. In April of 1977, William Vinal’s interest the properties was acquired by Alfred Greenwood.
In May of 1986, 425 and 427 Marlborough were purchased from Alfred Greenwood by Edgard Puente, Gary L. Schechtman, and Sidney Kreitzer.
In June of 1986, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 425 Marlborough and 427 Marlborough into five apartments each,
In June of 1987, they converted both buildings into condominium units, five in each building, the 425-427 Marlborough Street Condominium.