452 Beacon was designed by John H. Sturgis, architect, and built in 1887-1888 by George Eldridge, builder, as the home of Dr. Henry Parker Quincy and his wife, Mary Gardner (Adams) Quincy. They previously had lived at 86 Marlborough. Henry Quincy is shown as the owner of 452 Beacon on the original building permit application, dated December 15, 1887, and on the final building inspection report, dated May 30, 1889 (bound with the report, located in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department, is a water-damaged drawing of the second floor plan). He also is shown as the owner on the 1895 and 1898 Bromley maps. They also maintained a home in Dedham.
Henry Quincy was a physician and an instructor of histology at Harvard Medical School.
He died in March of 1899. Mary Quincy continued to live at 452 Beacon until about 1921, when she made Dedham her year-round home. Henry P. Quincy’s Heirs are shown as the owners of 452 Beacon on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.
By the 1921-1922 winter season, it was the home of shoe manufacturer Albert J. Sweet and his wife, Maude (Webster) Sweet. They previously had lived at 269 Beacon. They continued to live at 452 Beacon in 1923, but had moved to Swampscott by 1924.
By the 1923-1924 winter season, 452 Beacon was the home of Frank Herbert Thayer and his wife, Alice Augusta (Waterman) Thayer. They previously had liuved at The Charlesgate at 535 Beacon. He was a shoe manufacturer with his father’s firm, N. B. Thayer & Co. They continued to live at 452 Beacon during the 1926-1927 season, but moved thereafter to an apartment at 282 Beacon.
By late 1927, 452 Beacon was the home of Alexander Lynde Cochrane and his wife, Vivian Hervey (Wessell) Cochrane. Alexander Lynde Cochrane was a retired executive formerly associated with his father’s chemical business; Vivian Wessell Cochrane was a former stage actress. Their daughter, Lucy Douglas Cochrane, became an actress and author under the name C. Z. Guest.
Alexander Cochrane died in January of 1928. Vivian Cochrane moved soon thereafter and remarried in November of 1930 to Dudley Leavitt Pickman, Jr.; after their marriage, they lived briefly at 127 Beacon and then at 303 Commonwealth.
Mary (Adams) Quincy died in August of 1928 in Dedham. Charles F. Adams (probably Mary Quincy’s brother, Charles Francis Adams, Jr.), et al, are shown as the owners of 452 Beacon on the 1928 Bromley map.
By 1929, 452 Beacon was owned by William Emery Nickerson. He and his wife, Nellie R. (Partridge) Nickerson, lived at 454 Beacon. He was the assessed owner of 452 Beacon from 1929. He died in June of 1930 and his heirs were the assessed owners through 1934.
By 1934, 452 Beacon had been acquired by Reconstruction Clinic Associates. In December of 1934, it applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into doctor’s offices.
From 1935, 452 Beacon was the location of the Boston Evening Clinic and Hospital.
The Reconstruction Clinic and Hospital is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map and was the assessed owner through 1939. The Boston Evening Clinic was the assessed owner from 1940 through 1953..
The Boston Evening Clinic and Hospital continued to be located at 452 Beacon until about 1953, when it moved to 397 Commonwealth.
By 1956, 452 Beacon had been acquired by George Irwin Rohrbough, president of Chandler School for Women, for use in conjunction with Chandler School’s facilities at 448 Beacon.
In January of 1956, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from doctor’s offices into a school.
In June of 1975, the Shawmut Community Bank foreclosed its mortgages on 448 and 452 Beacon and took possession of the properties.
In November of 1975, Alfred L. Kuehn, II, and Donald V. Baker, III, purchased 452 Beacon from the Shawmut Community Bank.
In April of 1978, Kevin O’Reilly, trustee of the 452 Beacon Street Trust, purchased 452 Beacon from Alfred L. Kuehn, II, and Donald V. Baker, III.
In March of 1978, prior to finalizing its purchase of the property, the 452 Beacon Street Trust applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into seven apartments.
In July of 1978, it converted the property into seven condominium units, the 452 Beacon Condominium.