445 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 445 Marlborough, dated June 16, 1885.
By the 1887-1888 winter season, 445 Marlborough was the home of Charles Herbert Watson, a banker, and his wife, Georgiana Alice (Hathaway) Watson. They had married in December of 1886 and 445 Marlborough may have been their first home together. G. Alice Watson is shown as the owner on the 1888 Bromley map.
They continued to live at 445 Marlborough during the 1893-1894 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.
By the 1894-1895 winter season, 455 Marlborough was the home of Henry Austin Clapp and his wife, Florence (Clarke) Clapp. They previously had lived at the Hotel Eliot in Roxbury. Henry Clapp is shown as the owner of 445 Marlborough on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.
Henry Clapp was a lawyer and Clerk of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He also was an author and journalist. While serving as Clerk of the Court, he also was dramatic and music editor for the Boston Daily Advertiser. He left the Daily Advertiser in May of 1902 and became a drama critic for the Boston Herald.
During the 1902-1903 winter season, the Clapps were living elsewhere and 445 Marlborough was the home of retired merchant Melancthon Woolsey Borland. He was a widower and previously had lived at 253 Marlborough, where his wife, Julia (Gibson) Borland, had died in April of 1901. By the 1903-1904 season, he had moved to 393 Marlborough and the Clapps were living at 445 Marlborough once again.
Henry Clapp died in February of 1904. Florence Clapp and their son, Roger Clapp, a lawyer, continued to live at 445 Marlborough during the 1904-1905 winter season, but moved thereafter to 249 Berkeley.
The Clapp family continued to own 445 Marlborough and lease it to others. The Heirs of Henry A. Clapp are shown as the owners on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.
By the 1905-1906 winter season, 445 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (Noyes) Whipple, widow of George Whipple, and her son, George Noyes Whipple. They previously had lived at 129 Marlborough.
George Whipple was an advertising agent, having been owner of a public storage warehouse until about 1905.
Elizabeth Whipple and George Whipple continued to live at 445 Marlborough during the 1908-1909 season, but moved thereafter to 459 Beacon to live with Elizabeth Whipple’s brother, George Edward Noyes.
445 Marlborough was not listed in the 1910-1918 Blue Books.
By the 1918-1919 winter season, 445 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Frederick Lincoln Emerson and his wife, Teckla Metta (Hilbert) Emerson. They previously had lived in an apartment at 416 Marlborough, where he also had maintained his medical office. Teckla Emerson is shown as the owner of 445 Marlborough on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
Frederick Emerson was a homeopathic physician and obstetrician; he maintained his office at 445 Marlborough.
Frederick Emerson died in November of 1940. Teckla Emerson continued to live at 445 Marlborough until her death in June of 1944.
By 1945, 445 Marlborough was the home of Alfred W. Hommel, a machinist, and his wife, Frances (Rossi) Hommel, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived in Winthrop. They continued to live at 445 Marlborough until about 1947.
By 1948, 445 Marlborough was the home of Anthony Herman Weyand, an electrician. He was a widower. Living with him were his sister-in-law, May (Walker) Weyand, the estranged wife of Anthony Weyand’s brother, Fred John Weyand, and May Weyand’s daughter by her first marriage, Mrs. Mae (Perley) McGovern, a cashier. They all previously had lived at 484 Brookline.
May Weyand died in July of 1948. May Weyand’s husband, Fred J. Weyand, died in October of 1954. He was a private investigator and, in the 1920s, had been a Secret Service investigator with the US Department of Justice. At the time of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, he and another former Secret Service investigator, provided affidavits that, in their professional opinion, Sacco and Vanzetti had not participated in the crime.
Anthony Weyand and Mae McGovern continued to live at 445 Marlborough until his death in February of 1958. After his death, Mae McGovern moved to an apartment at 366 Commonwealth.
By mid-1958, 445 Marlborough was owned by Harry Goode. In July of 1958, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into six apartments.
By late 1960, 445 was owned by James D. Kelleher and Bridget P. Kelleher. In November of 1960, they filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into seven apartments, noting on their application that they “purchased this property as a seven family dwelling” and had been “informed that the building had been used for that purpose for many years.”
445 Marlborough subsequently changed hands, remaining an apartment building.
In February of 2006, 445 Marlborough was purchased by Kenneth S. Frieze, a business consultant and investment banker. In May of 2006, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the property and convert it into a two family dwelling. After the remodeling was completed, he and his wife, wedding and special event planner Tamar Salter Frieze, made it their home.
In September of 2009 and August of 2012, Kenneth Frieze acquired the two condominium units on the third floor of 447 Marlborough. They applied for (and subsequently received) permission to combine the two units and cut a door in the party wall, providing access between 445 Marlborough and the third floor of 447 Marlborough.