443 Marlborough

443 Marlborough (2017)

Irregular Lot: 23.15' on Marlborough (2,248 sf)

Irregular Lot: 23.15′ on Marlborough (2,248 sf)

443 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, with 441 Marlborough to the east and 445 Marlborough to the west.

443 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 443 Marlborough, dated June 16, 1885, and on the final building inspection report, dated November 13, 1886.

During the 1886-1887 winter season, 443 Marlborough was the home of Edward Burgess and his wife, Caroline Louisa (Sullivant) Burgess. They previously had lived at 300 Beacon.

Edward Burgess was secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History and an instructor of entomology at Harvard. In the mid-1880s he became a designer of sailing yachts. Among the yachts he designed were the Puritan, which won the America’s Cup in 1885, and the Mayflower, which won the Cup in 1886.

By the 1887-1888 winter season, they had moved to 425 Marlborough.

By the 1887-1888 winter season, 443 Marlborough was the home of Ward Brooks Frothingham and his wife, Mary Ann (Barney) Frothingham. They previously had lived at 26 Appleton. Mary Frothingham is shown as the owner of 443 Marlborough on the 1888, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps.

First floor plan of 443 Marlborough, bound with the final building inspection report, 13Nov1886 (v. 16, p. 50); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

First floor plan of 443 Marlborough, bound with the final building inspection report, 13Nov1886 (v. 16, p. 50); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

Ward Frothingham died in November of 1893. Mary Frothingham continued to live at 443 Marlborough during the 1896-1897 winter season, but moved thereafter and leased the house to others.

443 Marlborough was not listed in the 1898 Blue Book.

During the 1898-1899 winter season, 443 Marlborough was the home of Herbert Putnam and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth (Monroe) Putnam. They previously had lived in an apartment at 199 Marlborough.

A lawyer and librarian by training, Herbert Putnam was Librarian of the Boston Public Library. In March of 1899, he was appointed by President McKinley as Librarian of the Library of Congress, and the Putnams moved to Washington DC.

By the 1899-1900 winter season, 443 Marlborough was the home of retired boot and shoe manufacturer Channing Lilly and his wife, Frances Eleanor (Ballister) Lilly. They previously had lived at 53 Gloucester.

Channing Lilly died in February of 1912. Frances Lilly continued to live at 443 Marlborough during the 1922-1923 winter season, but moved thereafter to an apartment at 290 Commonwealth.

By the 1923-1924 winter season, 443 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Charles Leonard Overlander and his wife, Ruth Lillian (Fitchett) Overlander. They previously had lived in an apartment at 520 Beacon, where he also had maintained his medical office. He is shown as the owner of 443 Marlborough on the 1928 Bromley map, and he and his wife are shown as the owners on the 1938 map.

443 Marlborough (2014) before removal of ailanthus tree in front yard

443 Marlborough (2014) before removal of ailanthus tree in front yard

Charles Overlander was a physician and pathologist. He served as director of the Pathological Laboratory of Brooks Hospital and also was an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a lecturer at Tufts Medical School. He maintained his office at 443 Marlborough.

In March of 1935, Charles Overlander applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the rear of 443 Marlborough to add a “one car garage to be built in part of the basement and an addition to building for another car.”

Charles Overlander died in December of 1948 and Ruth Overlander moved soon thereafter.

In mid-1949, 443 Marlborough was acquired from Charles Overlander’s estate by Paul Verne Shaffer, an engineer and instrument maker at MIT, and his wife, Margaret E. (Hamilton) Shaffer. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on June 26, 1949. They previously had lived in an apartment at 387 Beacon, and before that at 351 Beacon. They continued to live at 443 Marlborough until about 1971.

In July of 1971, Gerald J. Burnett and his wife, Marjorie J. Burnett, acquired 443 Marlborough from Paul and Margaret Shaffer. He was a systems consultant and later would co-found Avistar Communications, manufacturers and marketers of information technology network products.

In January of 1975, Thomas P. Garrity, Jr., purchased 443 Marlborough from Gerald and Marjorie Burnett.

In November of 1978, Jorge Silvetti and Rodolfo Machado, architects in the firm of Machado and Silvetti Associates, purchased 443 Marlborough from Thomas Garrity.

In February of 1979, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling with garage to a two-family dwelling with garage.

443 Marlborough remained a two-family dwelling in 2014.

443-445 Marlborough (2017)