435 Beacon

435 Beacon (2013)

435 Beacon (2013)

Lot 78' x 44.75' (3,490 sf)

Lot 78′ x 44.75′ (3,490 sf)

435 Beacon is located on the SW corner of Beacon and Hereford, with 12 Hereford (433 Beacon) to the east, across Hereford, 441 Beacon to the west. 448 Beacon to the north, across Beacon, and 7 Hereford to the south.

435 Beacon (5 Hereford) was designed by Alfred S. Bither, architect, and built in 1879-1880 by Edward E. Chapin, builder, for real estate dealer Henry Whitwell.  It was one of four contiguous houses (435 Beacon and 7-9-11 Hereford). All four houses originally were planned as two-story buildings; however, an additional story was added to 7 and 11 Hereford before they were completed. Henry Whitwell is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated December 13, 1879.

In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting attributes 435 Beacon, 7-9-11 Hereford, 364 Marlborough, 27-29-31 Hereford, and 216-218 Commonwealth – all built in 1879 – to R. S. Bither.  This is a misreading of the handwriting on the permit applications.  It is clearly written as “A. S. Bither” on several of the permit applications, and is less legible on several others. There was no R. S. Bither listed in the Boston City Directories at any time in the 1870s or 1880s, whereas Alfred S. Bither was a practicing architect there from 1870 to 1880.

During the 1880-1881 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of William Henry Talbot, a wool merchant, and his wife, Mary (Andrews) Talbot.  They previously had lived at 2 Guild, and by 1882 were living at the Hotel Bellevue at 17 Beacon.

By 1882, 435 Beacon (5 Hereford) was the home of John Brooks Young, a manufacturer of tanners materials and dyestuffs, and his wife, Elizabeth Woodham (Norton) Young.  They had lived in Newton in 1880 and at the Hoffman House hotel (corner of Berkeley and Columbus) in 1881.  He is shown as the owner of 435 Beacon on the 1883 Bromley map, and Elizabeth W. Young is shown as the owner on the 1888 and 1890 maps.

They continued to live there during the 1888-1889 season, but moved thereafter.

By the 1889-1890 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of banker and stockbroker James F. A. Clark and his wife, Estelle P. (Stuart) Clark.  They previously had lived at the Hotel Vendome. They continued to live at 435 Beacon in 1892, but had moved to 33 Bay State Road by 1893.

435 Beacon was not listed in the 1893 Blue Book.

By the 1893-1894 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of cotton broker and banker Cyrus Gilbert Beebe and his wife Janet Ingliss (Hogg) Beebe.  They previously had lived in Wakefield, where they continued to maintain a home.  He is shown as the owner of 435 Beacon on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.

Cyrus and Janet Beebe continued to live at 435 Beacon in 1899, but had moved to Framingham by 1900, where he died in January of 1901.  Janet Beebe remarried in October of 1902 to Edward Chester Center.  435 Beacon continued to be owned by Cyrus Beebe’s estate and he is shown as the owner on the 1908 Bromley map.

During the 1899-1900 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of banker William Pratt Lyman and his wife Helen (Beeckman) Pratt.  They had lived at 254 Marlborough during the previous season.  They also maintained a home in Nahant.  By the 1901-1902 season, they were living at 353 Commonwealth.

During the 1900-1901 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of boot and shoe dealer Arthur E. Mann and his wife, Eleanor M. (Fairbrother) Mann.  They previously had lived at 308 Beacon.

435 Beacon and 7-11 Hereford, looking south from Beacon (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

435 Beacon and 7-11 Hereford, looking south from Beacon (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By the 1901-1902 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of Richard Spofford Russell and his wife, Mary Gertrude (Sutton) Russell. They had married in October of 1901, and 435 Beacon probably was their first Boston home together.  Soon after their marriage, they also built a home, Oakland, in North Andover.

Richard Russell was associated with his brother, William Augustus Russell, Jr., in the management of the Russell family’s manufacturing and mining interests.

Richard and Mary Russell continued to live at 435 Beacon during the 1902-1903 winter season.  Later in 1903, they made their Boston home at 135 Commonwealth with his mother, Frances Spofford (Hall) Russell, the widow of William Augustus Russell, Sr.

By the 1903-1904 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of Mrs. Abbie Bartlett (Adams) Worthington, widow of Roland Worthington, publisher of The Daily Evening Traveller newspaper.  In 1902, she had lived at 471 Beacon.  She continued to live at 435 Beacon until her death in August of 1906.

By the 1906-1907 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of Dr. Francis Charles Murphy, a physician, and his wife, Anne M. (Scott) Murphy.  They previously had lived at 1609 Tremont in Roxbury, where he continued to maintain his office.  They had moved to 315 Marlborough by 1908.

By the 1907-1908 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of Dr. Edward Clark Streeter and his wife, Alice Martha (Chase) Streeter.  They previously had lived in France, where their daughter, Helen Chase Streeter, was born in March of 1907 in Paris.

Edward Streeter was physician doing bacteriological research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He later became an expert on medical humanists and artist/anatomists of the Renaissance, and in the 1930s taught courses in the history of medicine at Yale Medical School.

By the 1909-1910 winter season, the Streeters had moved to 413 Beacon.

In the fall of 1909, Janet (Hogg) Beebe Center sold 435 Beacon to real estate dealers James Sumner Draper and Mark Temple Dowling.  The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on October 23, 1909.  J. Sumner Draper was the assessed owner through 1914.

435 Beacon was not listed in the 1910-1915 Blue Books, nor was it enumerated in the 1910 US Census.

By the 1915-1916 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of William Lincoln Crosby, general manager of Lewandos dry cleaners.   He previously had lived at 286 Boylston, the same address as Lewandos.  He also maintained a home in Harvard.  He was the assessed owner of 435 Beacon from 1915 through 1923 and is shown as the owner on the 1917 Bromley map.  He  continued to live there during the 1919-1920 season, but moved thereafter to 286 Boylston.

By the 1920-1921 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of leather manufacturer Arthur J. Mulholland and his wife, Eliza B. (Clark) Mulholland.  In January of 1920, at the time of the 1920 US Census, they had lived in Ipswich.  They continued to live at 435 Beacon during the 1922-1923 season, but moved thereafter.

By the 1923-1924 winter season, 435 Beacon was the home of real estate dealer Robert Moore Dobbins, a widower, his brother, Henry Dobbins, Jr., a salesman in Robert Dobbins’s real estate office, and their widowed father, Henry Dobbins, Sr., an optician.  In 1923, they had lived at 338 Commonwealth.  Robert M. Dobbins was the assessed owner of 435 Beacon from 1924 through 1928 and is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map.

Robert Dobbins married in July of 1926 to Agnes Webster and they lived at 435 Beacon after their marriage. Henry Dobbins, Jr., moved in about 1928 to an apartment at 373 Commonwealth and by 1930 was living in New York City.  Henry Dobbins, Sr., moved in about 1929 to the Mayflower Hotel at 1138 Boylston and died in January of 1930.  Robert and Agnes Dobbins continued to live at 435 Beacon in 1929, but had moved by 1930 to 467 Commonwealth.

In 1930, the Beacon Street Building Corporation filed for permission to replace 435 Beacon with a seventeen-unit apartment building.  The application was abandoned.

435 Beacon was not enumerated in the 1930 US Census.  It was not listed in the 1930-1937 Blue Books, and was shown as vacant in the 1930-1941 City Directories.  The S. S. Pierce Company, importers and retail dealers in groceries, was the assessed owner in 1929, A. F. Baker & Co., Inc., bankers, were the assessed owners in 1930 and 1931, and Gertrude L. Victory was the assessed owner from 1932 through 1937.

By 1937, 435 Beacon was owned by Charles Sioris.  In December of 1937, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into three apartments.  He subsequently abandoned the application.

He is shown as the owner of 435 Beacon on the 1938 Bromley map.

By mid-1938, 435 Beacon was owned by Cora Watson.  In May of 1938, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into three apartments.

By 1940, 435 Beacon was owned by real estate dealer  Edward J. Ball.  In August of 1940, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into four apartments, noting that his application was the same as the previous application filed by a former owner, and was intended to finish the “original contemplated job as per old application.”

By 1941, 435 Beacon was owned by Paul Cassell.  In September of 1941, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to build an additional apartment in the basement.

By 1954, 435 Beacon was owned by Louise McKenzie.  In November of 1954, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as five apartments.

Not soon thereafter, the building suffered fire damage and in August of 1955, Louise McKenzie filed for (and subsequently received) permission to repair the damage and establish the occupancy as five apartments.  It appears she sold the property before completing the work.

By 1956, 435 Beacon was owned by Roy E. Ciochetti.  In February of 1956, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to repair the fire damage and convert the property from four apartments to seven apartments, including rebuilding the third floor.

The property changed hands and in June of 1978 was purchased by Marilyn H. Tobey.  In June of 1979, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to reduce the number of apartments from seven to six.

435 Beacon remained an apartment house, assessed as a four- to six-family dwelling, in 2015.