451 Marlborough

451 Marlborough, looking northeast (2016)

Irregular Combines Lot: 102.27' on Marlborough (8,193 sf)

Irregular Combined Lot: 102.27′ on Marlborough (8,193 sf)

451 Marlborough is located on the north side of Marlborough, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, with 449 Marlborough to the east and 10 Charlesgate East to the west, across Alley 908.

451 Marlborough was designed by Hacin and Associates, architects, and built in 2015-2016 by the Holland Development Company, as a five-story, eight unit building.

The building was built on what was originally four lots (451-457 Marlborough) with four townhouses built ca. 1887. They were demolished in 1967 and replaced by a one-story school building.

In November of 2010, the school building was acquired by HD 407-411 LLC, formed by the Holland Development Company. In March of 2013, it received permission to demolish the existing building, and in August of 2013 it received approval to construct the new building.

In September of 2013, HD 407-411 LLC transferred 451 Marlborough to the 451 Marlborough Street LLC (Joseph Holland, manager of record), and in June of 2016, the 451 Marlborough Street LLC converted 451 Marlborough into eight condominium units, the Four51 Marlborough Condominium.

Architect’s design for 451 Marlborough, rendering by Tangram 3DS, courtesy of The Holland Companies and Hacin + Associates.

Architect’s design for 451 Marlborough, rendering by Tangram 3DS, courtesy of The Holland Companies and Hacin + Associates.

451 Marlborough (Demolished)

The school building which 451 Marlborough replaced was built in 1967-1968 by Garland Junior College as an auditorium and classrooms (and later a cafeteria). Garland Junior College also owned 447 and 449 Marlborough, and its original proposal also would have encompassed 449 Marlborough. The final building however, only occupied 451-457 Marlborough; 447 and 449 Marlborough were not demolished and, instead, were used by Garland Junior College for offices.

In the late 1960s, Garland Junior College owned a portfolio of 22 properties in the western portion of the Back Bay: 315, 319, 321, 329, 337, 339, 341, 343, 349, 377, 407, 409, 411, 413415 Commonwealth, 24 Charlesgate East (419 Commonwealth), and 447, 449, and 451 Marlborough (composed of 451-457 Marlborough).

In April of 1976, Garland Junior College announced that, because of financial difficulties, it was merging with Simmons College. It subsequently sold twelve of its properties: 315, 319, 321, 329, 337, 339, 341, 343, 349, and 377 Commonwealth and 447 and 449 Marlborough. The remainder of the properties — those located furthest west (407-415 Commonwealth, 24 Charlesgate East, and 451 Marlborough) — were retained for use by Simmons College.

Garland Junior College/Simmons College building at 451 Marlborough (2012), demolished; courtesy of Hacin + Associates

Simmons College continued to use 451 Marlborough as a lecture hall and cafeteria.

In the early 2000s, Simmons College embarked on a longterm plan to expand its Fenway campus and sell its properties in the Back Bay. In 2002, it moved its School of Social Service from 49-51 Commonwealth, which it sold, and in 2005 it began designing a new School of Management building at the Fenway campus to centralize the programs housed in its buildings in the western portion of the Back Bay.

In June of 2005, Simmons College sold those buildings — 451 Marlborough, 407-415 Commonwealth, and 24 Charlesgate East — to Terra Green II LLC (formed by Terra Mark Development of New York and local partners). The proceeds from the sale were used to finance construction of the new school of management building. The College continued to occupy the several of the Back Bay buildings until the new building was completed.

In November of 2010, HD 407-411 LLC, formed by the Holland Development Company, purchased 451 Marlborough from Terra Green II LLC. It purchased 407, 409 and 411 Commonwealth at the same time.

In 2012, Holland Development received permission to raze the existing school building at 451 Marlborough and construct a new, five-story building with nine dwelling units. A permit authorizing demolition of the existing building was issued in March of 2013, and a permit authorizing construction of the new building was issued on August of 2013.

In September of 2013, HD 407-411 LLC transferred 451 Marlborough to the 451 Marlborough Street LLC.

The four houses which were originally located at 451-453-455-457 Marlborough, and which were razed by Garland Junior College in 1967, were designed by architect Obed F. Smith and built ca. 1887 for building contractor George Wheatland, Jr., for speculative sale. They were four of five contiguous houses (449-457 Marlborough) built in the same style. George Wheatland is shown as the owner on the original building permit for 449 Marlborough, dated February 26, 1887 (the permit applications for 451-457 Marlborough are missing from the Building Department’s on-line files), and as the owner of 449-455 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.

451 Marlborough (Demolished)

By the 1888-1889 winter season, 451 Marlborough was the home of John Huntington Dane and his wife, Sarah Cecilia (Morrill) Dane. They previously had lived in an apartment at 46 Hereford. They also maintained a summer home on Burgess Point in Wareham. Sarah Dane’s brother, Charles James Morrill, is shown as the owner of 451 Marlborough on the 1895 Bromley map. He died in April of 1895, and his (and Sarah’s) sister, Annie Wyman Morrill et al, trustees, are shown as the owners on the 1898 and 1908 maps.

John Dane was president of the India Mutual Insurance Company, a marine insurance company. The company ceased operation in 1898 and he retired.

Sarah Dane died in March of 1905. John H. Dane continued to live at 451 Marlborough until his death in July of 1908.

451 Marlborough was not listed in the 1909 Blue Book.

By the 1909-1910 winter season, 451 Marlborough was the home of the Danes’ son, Dr. John Dane, and his wife, Eunice (Cooksey) Dane. They had married in August of 1909 and 451 Marlborough probably was their first home together. He was an orthopedic surgeon and previously had lived and maintained his office at 29 Marlborough. He continued to maintain his office there after moving to 451 Marlborough.

They continued to live at 451 Marlborough during the 1910-1911 winter season, but moved thereafter to Jamaica Plain.

By the 1911-1912 winter season, 451 Marlborough was the home of Francis Henry Appleton, Jr., a banker and later a trustee of estates, and his wife, Nathalie (Gourlie) Appleton. They previously had lived in an apartment at 259 Beacon. Nathalie Appleton is shown as the owner of 451 Marlborough on the 1912, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in York Harbor, Maine.

During the 1918-1919 winter season, Francis and Nathalie Appleton were living at 251 Marlborough with his father, General Francis Henry Appleton, whose second wife, Mary Spencer (Tappan) Appleton, had died in February of 1918.

During the 1918-1919 winter season, 451 Marlborough was the home of Charles Taylor Lovering, Jr., and his wife, Ellen Brewer (Lyman) Lovering. They previously had lived at 42 Fairfield. Charles Lovering was a stockbroker and was serving in the US Army, including serving in France from June of 1918 to February of 1919. Their usual residence was at 9 Gloucester, which they had leased to others during the war period. They had resumed living at 9 Gloucester by the 1919-1920 season, and Francis and Nathalie Appleton had resumed living at 451 Marlborough.

The Appletons continued to live at 451 Marlborough during the 1932-1933 winter season, but moved thereafter to Brookline.

451 Marlborough was not listed in the 1934 and 1935 Blue Books.

By the 1935-1936 winter season, 451 Marlborough was the home of Richard Emerson Burton, a teacher. His parents, Richard J. Burton and Louise Margaret (O’Connor) Burton, lived with him. Richard J. Burton was a stockbroker and later a real estate broker. They all previously had lived at 638 Beacon. Richard E. Burton is shown as the owner of 451 Marlborough on the 1938 Bromley map.

Richard J. Burton died in July of 1941. By 1944, Richard E. Burton was serving in the US Army. Louise Burton continued to live at 451 Marlborough until her death in March of 1945. By 1947, Richard Burton lived in Leicester.

By 1946, 451 Marlborough was the home of Carl Samuel Dorr, a retired salesman, and his wife, Edith M. (Moulton) Dorr, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 432 Marlborough. Carl Dorr died in 1952 and Edith Dorr moved soon thereafter.

451 Marlborough continued to be a multiple dwelling, either a lodging house or apartments.

By 1964, 451 Marlborough was owned by Barnett N. Samuels, who also owned 455 Marlborough.

In March of 1964, Garland Junior College acquired 451 and 455 Marlborough from Barnett Samuels. In April of 1964, it acquired 453 Marlborough from Edward McGrath and 457 Marlborough from Jack Aifer. Garland Junior College subsequently razed all four houses and constructed a one-story school building in their place.

453 Marlborough (Demolished)

By the 1888-1889 winter season, 453 Marlborough was the home of Miss Annie E. Bursley and her sister, Miss Caroline Wright Bursley. They operated a private school in the house. They previously had lived at 96 Chestnut and operated their school at 106 Chestnut. Annie E. Bursley is shown as the owner of 453 Marlborough on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.

Annie and Caroline Bursley were daughters of Captain Ira Bursley of Barnstable. He went down with his ship, the Hottinguer, which was wrecked off the Irish Coast on January 14, 1850.

453-457 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

453-457 Marlborough (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

By the mid-1890s, the Bursley sisters had ceased operating their school at 453 Marlborough. It continued to be their home.

During the 1900-1901 winter season, they were living elsewhere and 453 Marlborough was the home of Arthur Marsh Merriam and his wife, Margaret Elizabeth (Coleman) Merriam. They previously had lived at 17 Hereford. They also maintained a home in West Manchester. By the 1901-1902 season, they had moved to 393 Marlborough and 453 Marlborough was once again Annie and Caroline Bursley’s home.

During the 1903-1904 winter season they were traveling abroad and 453 Marlborough was the home of Richard Walden Hale, an attorney, and his wife, Mary Newbold (Patterson) Hale. They had married in May of 1903 and 453 Marlborough probably was their first home together. They also maintained a home in Dover which they made their year-round residence later in 1904.

Annie and Caroline Bursley resumed living at 453 Marlborough during the 1904-1905 winter season. Annie Bursley died ca. 1905 and Caroline Bursley moved soon thereafter.

By the 1905-1906 winter season, 453 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Harvey Parker Towle and his wife, Alice M. (Buswell) Towle. They previously had lived in an apartment at 409 Marlborough. Alice Towle is shown as the owner of 453 Marlborough on the 1908, 1917, 1928, and 1938 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in West Harwich.

Harvey Towle was a physician and dermatologist. He maintained his office at 453 Marlborough.

In 1935, the Towles were joined by their daughter, Mrs. Alison Umbsen, the widow of Gustave Henry Umbsen. She previously had lived in San Francisco, where her husband died in March of 1935. The Towles’ unmarried daughter, Elizabeth Towle, also lived with them.

Harvey Towle died in October of 1937, and Alice Towle and her daughters moved soon thereafter to Newton.

453 Marlborough was shown as vacant in the 1939 and 1940 City Directories.

By 1941, 453 Marlborough was the home of Joseph Luther Moulton, a real estate broker, and his wife, Alice W. (Hopkinson) Moulton, an artist. They previously had lived in Newton. They had moved by 1942.

By 1942, 453 Marlborough was the home of Mrs. Edna Walsh, widow of William M. Walsh, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived at 57 Westland. She continued to live at 453 Marlborough until about 1944.

453 Marlborough continued to be a multiple dwelling, either a lodging house or apartments during the 1940s and 1950s.

By 1960, 453 Marlborough was the home of Edward McGrath. It continued to be a multiple dwelling.

In April of 1964, Garland Junior College acquired 453 Marlborough from Edward McGrath. On the same day, it also acquired 457 Marlborough from Jack Aifer. It previously had acquired 451 and 455 Marlborough from Barnett Samuels. Garland Junior College subsequently razed all four houses and constructed a one-story school building in their place.

455 Marlborough (Demolished)

By the 1889-1890 winter season, 455 Marlborough was the home of wholesale coal dealer Francis Stanley Parker and his wife, Harriet Amory (Anderson) Parker. They had married in December of 1888, and 455 Marlborough probably was their first home together. Harriet Parker’s maternal uncle, Charles Walter Amory, trustee, is shown as the owner of 455 Marlborough on the 1895 Bromley map.

By the 1893-1894 winter season, the Parkers were joined at 455 Marlborough by Harriet Parker’s mother, Ellen Sears (Amory) Anderson. She and her husband, John Francis Anderson, a dry goods merchant, had lived at 185 Beacon during the 1892-1893 winter season, after which they lived apart.

The Parkers continued to live at 455 Marlborough during the 1893-1894 winter season, after which they moved to Bedford. Ellen Anderson continued to live at 455 Marlborough during the 1895-1896 season, after which she moved to 391 Commonwealth.

455 Marlborough was not listed in the 1897 Blue Book.

By the 1897-1898 winter season, 455 Marlborough was the home of Cyrus Turner Clark, a painting and decorating contractor, and his wife, Hannah M. (Tirrell) Clark. They previously had lived in an apartment at 421 Marlborough. Hannah Clark is shown as the owner of 455 Marlborough on the 1898 Bromley map.

Cyrus Clark died in March of 1899. Hannah Clark continued to live at 455 Marlborough with their younger children, Arthur Tirrell Clark and Helen M. Clark. Their older son, David Oakes Clark, lived in Hingham with his wife, Fanny W. (Bassett) Clark. David Clark was treasurer of Cyrus Clark’s painting and decorating company; Arthur Clark was president and also was treasurer of the Tenney Manufacturing company, confectioners.

Helen Clark married in May of 1905 to William Atkinson Nye. After their marriage, they lived at 455 Marlborough with her mother and brother. William Nye was employed with the Old Colony Trust Company. In late 1909, Hannah Clark transferred 455 Marlborough to Helen Nye. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on December 10, 1909.

Hannah Clark died in 1917. Arthur Clark and the Nyes continued to live at 455 Marlborough.

Arthur Clark died in March of 1923.

William and Helen Nye continued to live at 455 Marlborough until his death in October of 1952. Helen Nye moved soon thereafter.

By 1954, 455 Marlborough had become a multiple dwelling, either a lodging house or apartments.

By 1964, 455 Marlborough was owned by Barnett N. Samuels. He also owned 451 Marlborough.

In March of 1964, Garland Junior College acquired 451 and 455 Marlborough from Barnett Samuels. In April of 1964, it acquired 453 Marlborough from Edward McGrath and 457 Marlborough from Jack Aifer. Garland Junior College subsequently razed all four houses and constructed a one-story school building in their place.

457 Marlborough (Demolished)

By 1888, 457 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Elisha Mann White and his wife, Sarah E. (Fisk) White. They had married in February of 1886 and probably previously had lived at 7 Forest, where Elisha White’s first wife, Amelia (Hopkins) White, died in May of 1885. Sarah E. White is shown as the owner of 457 Marlborough on the 1888 Bromley map.

Elisha White was a physician and surgeon. He was affiliated with his brother’s firm, Charles W. White & Company, dealers in trusses, supporters, and other surgical supplies.

Elisha White died in July of 1890 in Yellowstone Park. Sarah White moved soon thereafter but continued to own 457 Marlborough. She is shown as the owner on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps.

By the 1890-1891 winter season, 457 Marlborough was the home of Hayward Pierce Hall and his wife, Sarah B. D. (Bates) Hall. The previously had lived at the Hotel Cluny at 543 (233) Boylston.

Hayward Hall had owned and operated Orchard Farm in Burke, Wisconsin, from the late 1850s until the 1870s. By 1880, they had moved to Boston, where he became a coal merchant and later a real estate dealer. He died in June of 1892 and Sarah Hall moved thereafter.

457 Marlborough was not listed in the 1893 Blue Book.

By the 1893-1894 winter season, 457 Marlborough was the home of attorney Charles Neave and his wife, Elizabeth (Farraday) Neave. They continued to live there during the 1894-1895 season, but moved thereafter to New York City.

By the 1895-1896 winter season, 457 Marlborough was the home of Dr. William Thomas Councilman and his wife, Isabella (Coolidge) Councilman. They previously had lived in an apartment at 224 Marlborough following their marriage in December of 1894.

William Councilman was a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School.

They continued to live at 457 Marlborough during the 1897-1898 winter season, but moved thereafter to 78 Bay State Road.

457 Marlborough was not listed in the 1899 and 1900 Blue Books.

By the 1900-1901 winter season, 457 Marlborough was the home of George Howland Stoddard and his wife, Eoline (Sheffield) Stoddard. They previously had lived at the Hotel Berkeley (southeast corner of Berkeley and Boylston) and in Hamilton.

George Stoddard was manager (and later treasurer and manager) of the Quincy Market Cold Storage Warehouse. According to his May 20, 1925, obituary in the Boston Globe, he was known as the “dean of the cold storage men in America.”

The Stoddards continued to live at 457 Marlborough during the 1902-1903 winter season, after which they moved to 197 Beacon.

457 Marlborough was not listed in the 1904 and 1905 Blue Books.

By the 1905-1906 winter season, 457 Marlborough was the home of Dr. Edward Wyllys Taylor and his wife, Elsie Brewster (Howe) Taylor. They previously had lived in an apartment at 416 Marlborough. Elsie Taylor is shown as the owner of 457 Marlborough on the 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in Ipswich.

Edward Taylor was a physician and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. He maintained his office at 457 Marlborough until about 1920, when he moved it to 527 Beacon. He continued to maintain his office there until about 1926, when he moved it back to 457 Marlborough.

By 1918, they had been joined by Miss Mary Reed Howe, Elsie (Howe) Taylor’s first cousin (Elsie Taylor’s father, William Wirt Howe, was the brother of Mary Howe’s father, Albert R. Howe).

During the 1922-1923 winter season the Taylors (and probably Miss Howe) were abroad and 457 Marlborough was the home of John Osborne Sumner, a professor of history at MIT, and his wife, Margaret Paulding Sumner. They previously had lived at The Charlesgate at 535 Beacon.

The Taylors had resumed living at 457 Marlborough by the 1923-1924 winter season.

Charles Taylor died in August of 1932. Elsie Taylor continued to live at 457 Marlborough with their unmarried daughter, Katherine Brewster Taylor, and her cousin, Mary Howe.

By 1936, Mrs. Taylor had begun to accept lodgers, and by 1937 she had moved to Cambridge. Katherine Taylor and Mary Howe moved with her.

In the summer of 1936, 457 Marlborough was purchased from Elsie Taylor by Albert Benjamin Durell and his wife, Katherine (Van Tine) Durell. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on August 24, 1936. Living with them were their son and daughter-in-law, Van Albert Durell and Margery (Hart) Durell. They all previously had lived in Brookline. Katherine Van T. Durell et al are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map.

Albert and Van Durell were business brokers in the firm of Durell & Durell.

They continued to live at 457 Marlborough in 1939, but had moved to 452 Park Drive by 1940.

In the spring of 1940, 457 Marlborough was purchased by Mrs. Corinne (La Brecque) Campagna-Pinto, the widow of Leonardo Campagna-Pinto. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on May 5, 1940. She converted the property into a multiple dwelling, either a lodging house or apartments.

Corinne Campagna-Pinro was a teacher of foreign languages at Beaver Country Day School. She lived at 457 Marlborough with her son, Dante Francesco Campagna Pinto, a student who later would become a physician in San Francisco. They previously had lived in Cambridge.

By 1941, she had been joined at 457 Marlborough by Samuel Thal and his wife, Jeanette (Eyre) Thal. They previously had lived at 115 Berkeley. Samuel Thal was an artist, etcher, and architectural sculptor, and Jeanette Eyre Thal was an author and Russian expert. They moved to Cambridge the next year and then to 354 Marlborough by 1944.

Corinne Campagna-Pinto continued to live at 457 Marlborough until about 1947, when she moved to 254 Commonwealth. In about 1953, she moved back to 457 Marlborough and continued to live there until about 1957, when she moved back to 254 Commonwealth.

457 Marlborough continued to be a multiple dwelling, either a lodging house or apartments, in the early 1960s.

By 1964, 457 Marlborough was owned by Jack Aifer.

In April of 1964, Garland Junior College acquired 457 Marlborough from Jack Aifer. On the same day, it also acquired 453 Marlborough from Edward McGrath. It previously had acquired 451 and 455 Marlborough from Barnett Samuels. Garland Junior College subsequently razed all four houses and constructed a one-story school building in their place.