426 Marlborough

426 Marlborough

426 Marlborough (2014)

Irregular Lot: 24' on Marlborough (1,960 sf)

Irregular Lot: 24′ on Marlborough (1,960 sf)

426 Marlborough is located on the south side of Marlborough, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, with 424 Marlborough to the east and 428 Marlborough to the west.

426 Marlborough was designed by architect Obed F. Smith and build in 1887 by Charles A. Dodge, builder, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale. George Wheatland is shown as the owner on the original building permit, dated February 26, 1887.

By 1888, it was the home of John A. Irwin and his wife, Lucy (Pearson) Irwin. They previously had lived at the Hotel Palmerston at 177 West Chester Park (406 Massachusetts Avenue). Lucy Irwin is shown as the owner of 426 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map. They also maintained a home in Duxbury.

John Irwin had been a tea, coffee, and spice merchant in the mid-1880s and by 1888 was a cigar manufacturer. By 1890, he was president of a lumber company.

The Irwins continued to live at 426 Marlborough during the 1890-1891 winter season, but moved to Duxbury thereafter.

By the 1890-1891 winter season, 426 Marlborough was the home of Philip G. Morrison, a banker, and his wife, Helen Cynthia (Dinsmore) Morrison. They previously had lived at 6 Garrison.

They continued to live at 426 Marlborough during the 1891-1892 winter season, after which they traveled to Europe.

By the 1892-1893 winter season, 426 Marlborough was the home of marine and fire insurance agent Edward Dehon Blake and his wife, Annie A. (Chase) Blake. They previously had lived at 29 West Cedar. Annie A. Blake is shown as the owner of 426 Marlborough on the 1895, 1898, 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.

Edward Blake died in March of 1928 and Annie Blake died in April of 1928.

In the spring of 1928, 426 Marlborough was purchased from the Blakes’ son, Francis Minot Blake, by Dr. Marcellus Reeves and his wife, Irma Fischer/Fisher Reeves. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on May 26, 1928. They previously had lived in Cambridge. Marcellus and Irma Reeves are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map and were the assessed owners through 1943.

Marcellus Reeves was a physician and surgeon. He maintained his office at 426 Marlborough.

Marcellus and Irma Reeves continued to live at 426 Marlborough until 1943, when they moved to 1200 Commonwealth in Allston, where they were living at the time of his death in October of 1944.

In 1943, 426 Marlborough was acquired by Irving James Kennedy and his wife, Louise (McNeil) Kennedy; Irving Kennedy et al were the assessed owners from 1944.  They previously had lived at 24 Haviland.  He was an advertising company salesman and later a real estate agent.

In April of 1948, Irving Kennedy filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the house into six apartments.

They continued to live at 426 Marlborough until the early 1960s.

By 1964, 426 Marlborough was owned by Russell Amaral. In February of 1964, he applied for (and subsequent received) permission to remodel the interior. It remained a six unit apartment building.

In October of 1972, 426 Marlborough was acquired by Edward H. Hall and Robert G. Pettit. In January of 1990, they transferred the property into Robert G. Pettit’s name.

426 Marlborough remained a six unit apartment house in 2014.

424-436 Marlborough, with 416 Marlborough in the distance (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

424-436 Marlborough, with 416 Marlborough in the distance (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership