430 Marlborough was designed by architect Obed F. Smith and built in 1885-1886 by Charles H. Dodge, mason, for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale, one of six contiguous houses (430-432-434-436-438-440 Marlborough), arranged in a symmetrical group, the three to the east (430-434 Marlborough) with bays on the eastern side, and the three to the west (436-440 Marlborough) with bays on the western side. The peaks of the bays have varied designs. George Wheatland, Jr., is shown as the owner on the original building permits for 432-440 Marlborough, dated October 16, 1885 (the permit application for 430 Marlborough is missing from the Boston Building Department’s on-line files). At the same time, George Wheatland, Jr., was having six more houses built at 381-391 Commonwealth on the lots to the south, behind 430-440 Marlborough, also designed by Obed Smith and built by Charles Dodge.
George Wheatland, Jr., purchased the land for 430-440 Marlborough and 381-391 Commonwealth on June 20, 1885, from Henry M. Whitney. It was part of a parcel Henry Whitney had acquired in two transactions, on November 24, 1882, and on March 20, 1885, all part of a tract of land originally purchased from the Boston Water Power Company on June 1, 1880, by a real estate investment trust formed by Francis W. Palfrey, Francis A. Osborn, and Grenville T. W. Braman.
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On October 11, 1886, 430 Marlborough was purchased from George Wheatland, Jr., by Ruth Anne (Page) Freeman, the wife of Horace Vinton Freeman, an insurance broker. They had married in March of 1886. Prior to their marriage, he had lived at 9 Tremont Place.
Horace Freeman died in March of 1894. Ruth Freeman continued to live at 430 Marlborough. During the 1894-1895 and 1895-1896 winter seasons she was joined by her parents, Edward Page and Elizabeth D. (Adams) Page. He was an importer and dealer in iron, steel, and rails. Their usual residence was in Weston, where they had moved in about 1893; prior to that, they had lived at 82 Commonwealth.
Ruth Freeman continued to live at 430 Marlborough until about 1918.
On July 17, 1919, 430 Marlborough was purchased from Ruth Freeman by Mary Jane (Flynn) Doherty, the wife of Joseph E. Doherty. They lived at 114 Bay State Road. He was a wholesale liquor dealer and, after Prohibition, a dealer in soft drinks.
The Dohertys converted 430 Marlborough into a two-family dwelling.
By the 1919-1920 winter season, one of the units at 430 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Frederick W. O’Brien (whom the Boston Globe erroneously reported on July 25, 1919, as being the purchaser of the building) and his mother, Margaret T. (Quinlan) O’Brien, widow of Jeremiah J. O’Brien. They previously had lived at the Hotel Cambridge at 483 Beacon.
Frederick O’Brien was a physician and radiologist, and also was a professor of radiology at Tufts College Medical School. He maintained his medical office at 430 Marlborough.
Frederick O’Brien married in October of 1921 to Sarah A. Green. After their marriage, they lived briefly at 430 Marlborough, but by the 1922-1923 winter season had moved to 465 Beacon. His mother continued to live at 430 Marlborough until her death in December of 1922.
From the 1919-1920 winter season, the other unit at 430 Marlborough was the home of Myles Standish and his wife, Frances E. (Wright) Standish. He was a commercial traveler and in the late 1920s became financial advertising manager for the Boston Post. They continued to live at 430 Marlborough during the 1925-1926 winter season, but moved thereafter.
On May 1, 1923, 430 Marlborough was purchased from Mary Doherty by Warren Franklin Freeman, a real estate broker, auctioneer, and appraiser. He lived in the unit previously occupied by Frederick O’Brien. He previously had lived in Brighton. He does not appear to have been a close relative of Horace Vinton Freeman, the original owner of 430 Marlborough.
Warren Freeman was twice widowed and in 1925 he married again, to Rose (Roslyn/Rosalind) Saunders. After their marriage they lived at 430 Marlborough. On June 22, 1926, he transferred the property into both of their names, and on December 29, 1928, they transferred it into her name.
The Freemans increased the number of units at 430 Marlborough, and several other residents lived there with them and the Standishes in 1923 and later years.
Among the longer-term residents was Miss Josephine Abbott, who lived at 430 Marlborough from the 1924-1925 winter season. She previously had lived in an apartment at 421 Marlborough. She continued to live at 430 Marlborough during the 1934-1935 winter season, after which she moved to an apartment at 406 Beacon.
Also among the longer-term residents with the Freemans were Thomas Winslow Rich, a real estate broker, and his wife, May M. (Telfer) Rich, who lived there from the 1929-1930 winter season. They previously had lived in Buzzard’s Bay. They continued to live at 430 Marlborough during the 1934-1935 winter season, but moved thereafter and by 1940 were living in Newton.
On April 5, 1939, Mary Doherty foreclosed on a mortgage given by Warren Freeman when he purchased 430 Marlborough and took possession of the property.
The Freemans continued to lived at 430 Marlborough.
Warren Freeman died in December of 1944, and Joseph Doherty died in May of 1945. On July 18, 1945, 430 Marlborough was acquired back from Mary Doherty by Rose Freeman, who continued to lived there until about 1972. She subsequently moved to Cochituate.
On July 12, 1972, Rose Freeman transferred 430 Marlborough to Louise McKenzie, who lived in an apartment at 465 Beacon. On February 24, 1976, Louise McKenzie transferred the property back to Rose Freeman.
On October 22, 1976, 430 Marlborough was acquired from Edward J. Barshak, guardian of Rose S. Freeman, by W. E. Steele, trustee of the Corey-Washington-Egremont Nominee Trust.
On May 8, 1981, 430 Marlborough was purchased from W. E. Steele by the 430 Marlborough Street Corporation (Harvey Wilk, president). In conjunction with the sale, the Corey-Washington-Egremont Nominee Trust filed for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as six units, which was the existing condition.
On March 14, 1983, the 430 Marlborough Street Corporation converted 430 Marlborough into four condominium units, the 430 Marlborough Street Condominium.