432 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 permit for 432 Marlborough, dated October 16, 1885. 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.
By the 1887-1888 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home Richard Tyner and his wife, Margaret (Whitten) Tyner. They previously had lived at 167 Warren. Margaret Tyner is shown as the owner of 432 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.
The Tyners continued to live at 432 Marlborough during the 1890-1891 winter season, but moved thereafter to 134 St. Botolph. They continued to own 432 Marlborough and lease it to others. Margaret Tyner is shown as the owner on the 1895, 1898, and 1908 Bromley maps.
By the 1891-1892 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of Mary Amory Greene, an artist, and her sister, Margaret Greene. They continued to live there during the 1893-1894 winter season, and then moved briefly to live at 371 Marlborough with Mary Louisa (McCulloh) Mayer Upham, the widow of Henry Christian Mayer and Henry Upham. Mary Upham was the mother of Mary Abby (Mayer) Greene, widow of Dr. John Singleton Copley Greene, the brother of Mary and Margaret Greene.
By the 1894-1895 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of William Sanford Butler and his wife, Margaret Jane (McDonald) Folsom Butler. They previously had lived in an apartment at 411 Marlborough.
They continued to live at 432 Marlborough during the 1895-1896 season, but moved thereafter to the Copley Square Hotel (northeast corner of Huntington and Exeter).
During the 1896-1897 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of attorney Benjamin Lowell Merrill Tower and his wife, Eliza Curtis (Kneeland) Tower. They previously had lived in an apartment at 405 Marlborough. By the 1897-1898 season, they had moved to an apartment at 409 Marlborough.
By the 1897-1898 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of Caroline V. (Rich) McGuffey, the widow of Alexander Hamilton McGuffey, and their daughter, Margaret Drake McGuffey, a librarian at the Boston Public Library. Alexander McGuffey had died in June of 1896. He had been a lawyer and educator in Cincinnati, and had collaborated with his brother, William Holmes McGuffey, in creating McGuffeys Readers and Spellers, a series of graded reading and spelling textbooks used widely throughout the United States.
Caroline and Margaret McGuffey continued to live at 432 Marlborough during the 1899-1900 winter season, but moved there after to the Hotel Ludlow (southwest corner of Clarendon and St. James).
By the 1900-1901 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of attorney James Eveleth Maynadier and his wife, Mary West (Wright) Maynadier. They previously had lived in Taunton. James Maynadier’s brother-in-law and sister, Causten Browne and Katharine Eveleth (Maynadier) Browne, lived at 434 Marlborough.
The Maynadiers continued to live at 432 Marlborough during the 1903-1904 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline. The Brownes also moved to Brookline at about that time.
By the 1904-1905 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Harry Chamberlain Low and his wife, Mabel Converse (Chipman) Low. They previously had lived in an apartment at 409 Marlborough. Harry Low was a physician and maintained his office at 432 Marlborough. The Lows continued to live at 432 Marlborough during the 1908-1909 winter season, but had moved to Brookline by 1910.
By the 1909-1910 winter season, 432 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Aurilla Marjorie (Rhodes) Chatfield, former wife of Joseph A. Chatfield. She is shown as the owner of 432 Marlborough on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps.
During the 1911-1912 and 1912-1913 winter seasons, Aurilla Chatfield was living elsewhere and 432 Marlborough was the home of Winfield Scott Shrigley and his wife, Emma (Rolfe) Shrigley. He was a retired dentist who had practiced in Valparaiso, Chile, for thirty years. Their son, Wilfred R. Shrigley, purchasing agent for a wholesale shoe and boot company, lived with them. Also living with them was Emma Shrigley’s brother, Dr. William A. Rolfe, a physician and surgeon. They all previously had lived at 755 Boylston with Emma Shrigley’s and William Rolfe’s mother, Frances (Chambers) Rolfe, widow of Edward Rolfe. She had died in June of 1911.
432 Marlborough was not listed in the 1914 Blue Book.
By the 1914-1915 winter season, Aurilla Chatfield had resumed living at 432 Marlborough, joined by her son, Charles Kenneth Chatfield. He was a printer and later an automobile salesman. He married in 1923 to Helen Maude Whitman. After their marriage, they lived at 432 Marlborough with his mother until about 1925, when they moved to Brookline.
Aurilla Chafield moved at about the same time. In April of 1927, she married to Dr. Walter Livingstone Conwell, a druggist and physician, who had been a lodger at 432 Marlborough in the early 1920s. After their marriage, they lived in Brewster.
In early 1926, 432 Marlborough was acquired from Aurilla Chatfield by attorney Stephen P. Cushman and his wife, Ruth H. (Powers) Cushman. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on January 21, 1926. They previously had lived in Walpole, where they continued to maintain a second home.
The Cushmans continued to live at 432 Marlborough and in Walpole during the 1936-1937 winter season. Thereafter, they made Walpole their year-round home and converted 432 Marlborough into a lodging house (in October of 1942, after having been cited by the Building Department, he applied for, and subsequently received, permission to legalize 432 Marlborough’s occupancy as a lodging house).
By 1940, 432 Marlborough was the home of Carl Samuel Dorr, a salesman for an appliance company, and his wife, Edith M. (Moulton) Dorr, who operated it as a lodging house. They continued to live there in 1945, but had moved to 451 Marlborough by 1946.
In the fall of 1947, 432 Marlborough was acquired from Stephen Cushman (as trustee under his wife’s will) by Mrs. Margaret Frances (Lyons) Garside, the former wife of George H. Garside, who continued to operate it as a lodging house. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on October 5, 1947. She previously had lived briefly at 320 Commonwealth, and before that had operated a lodging house at 208 Commonwealth.
She continued to live at 432 Marlborough until about 1956.
432 Marlborough subsequently changed hands, remaining a lodging house in the 1970s and probably later.
In March of 1992, Walter J. Bornhorst purchased 432 Marlborough from the Winter Hill Federal Savings Bank, which had foreclosed its mortgage to the previous owner, Charles C. Patsos.
In April of 1992, Walter Bornhorst filed for (and subsequently received) permission to change the legal occupancy from a lodging house to five apartments, which he indicated was the existing condition when he purchased the house and had been for at least the past ten years.
432 Marlborough remained an apartment building in 2014.