431 Marlborough

431 Marlborough (2014)

Irregular Lot: 30.94' on Marlborough (2,666 sf)

Irregular Lot: 30.94′ on Marlborough (2,666 sf)

431 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, with 429 Marlborough to the east and 433 Marlborough to the west.

431 Marlborough was built in 1885 for Chadwick & Stillings, for speculative sale, one of eight contiguous houses (431-445 Marlborough). Chadwick & Stillings (N. Henry Chadwick and Oscar L. Stillings) was a hat block and flange company that became a significant house building firm in the 1880s and 1890s. They are shown as the owners, architects, and builders on the original building permit application for 431 Marlborough, dated June 16, 1885.

By the 1886-1887 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of David Saxton Watson and his wife, Susan Aldrich (Aborn) Watson. They previously had lived at 5 Rutland Square. Susan Watson is shown as the owner of 431 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.

David Winslow was a wholesale grocer specializing in teas, coffee, and spices.

They continued to live at 431 Marlborough during the 1891-1892 winter season, but moved thereafter to 803 Boylston, where he died in August of 1893.

By the 1892-1893 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of Julius Eichberg and his wife, Sophia (Mertens) Eichberg. They previously had lived at 101 Pembroke.

Julius Eichberg was a composer, violinist, and music educator. The former director of music at the Boston Museum, he was director of the Boston Conservatory of Music and supervisor of music for the Boston Public Schools.

Julius Eichberg died in January of 1893, soon after moving to 431 Marlborough. Sophia Eichberg continued to live at 431 Malrborough. The Heirs of Julius Eichberg are shown as the owners on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.

By the 1896-1897 winter season, she had been joined by their daughter, Annie Philippine (Eichberg) King, the widow of Tyler Bacheller King. In August of 1898, Annie King married again, in England, to publisher John Lane. After their marriage, they lived in England and by December of 1898, Sophia Eichberg had moved there as well. Annie (Eichberg) King Lane subsequently became a novelist.

431 Marlborough was not listed in the 1899 Blue Book.

431 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

431 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By the 1899-1900 winter season, it was the home of boot and shoe dealer Edwin Loring Sprague and his wife, Elizabeth (Davis) Sprague. They previously had lived in an apartment at 409 Marlborough.

They continued to live at 431 Marlborough during the 1900-1901 season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

During the 1901-1902 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of Charles Albert Read, Jr., and his wife, Ellen Arvilla (Hatfield) Read. They had spent the previous winter at 131 Marlborough. Their principal residence was in Manchester. By the 1902-1903 winter season, they were living at 217 Beacon.

By the 1902-1903 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Walter Elijah Reid, an osteopath, and his wife, Abbie J. (Wrisley) Higgins Reid. They had married in July of 1902, and 431 Marlborough probably was their first home together. They continued to live there during the 1903-1904 season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

By the 1904-1905 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of Justus Erhardt, an instructor at MIT, and his wife, Fannie Marie (Doane) Rumsey Erhardt. They previously had lived at 1069 Boylston. Fannie D. Erhardt is shown as the owner of 431 Marlborough on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps.

They continued to live at 431 Marlborough during the 1914-1915 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

By the 1915-1916 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of William Frederick Bentinck-Smith and his wife, Marion (Jordan) Bentinck-Smith. They previously had lived in an apartment at 220 Marlborough. Marion Bentinck-Smith is shown as the owner of 431 Marlborough on the 1917 Bromley map. They also maintained a home in Cotuit.

William Bentinck-Smith was Secretary of the Arctic Coal Company and also served as trustee of the estate of his wife’s grandfather, Eben Dyer Jordan.

William Bentnick-Smith died in August of 1924. Marion Bentinck-Smith continued to live at 431 Marlborough during the 1925-1926 winter season, but moved thereafter to Milton.

431 Marlborough was not listed in the 1927 Blue Book.

By the 1927-1928 winter season, 431 Marlborough was the home of stock and bond broker Prentiss Shepherd and his wife, Ellen Williams (Eldredge) Shepherd. They previously had lived in Wellesley Hills. Prentiss Shepherd is shown as the owner of 431 Marlborough on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.

Prentiss Shepherd died in November of 1962.  Ellen Shepherd continued to live at 431 Masrlborough until her death in the mid-1960s.

By 1967, 431 Marlborough was owned by Milton B. Popkin. In April of 1967, he filed for permission to convert the property into a lodging house. His permit was denied and the Board of Appeal dismissed his appeal.

By 1968, 431 Marlborough was owned by architect Donald L. Stull. In August of 1968, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a single-family dwelling with an office. He subsequently lived and maintained his architect’s office at 431 Marlborough.

In February of 2013, the 431 Marlborough Street LLC purchased 431 Marlborough from Donald Stull. It applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a three-family dwelling.

In June of 2014, it converted the property into three condominium units, the 431 Marlborough Street Condominium.