464 Beacon was designed by Rotch and Tilden, architects, and built in 1891-1892 by Whidden & Co., builders, as the home of Louis Curtis and his wife, Fanny Leland (Richardson) Curtis. While the house was being built, they had lived at 299 Beacon.
Louis Curtis is shown as the owner on the original building permit application, dated September 22, 1891, on an October 10, 1892, application to build a storage building at the rear of the property, and on the final building inspection report, dated November 17, 1892. Fanny L. Curtis is shown as the owner on the 1895, 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.
The Curtises also maintained a home in Nahant.
Louis Curtis was an investment banker, the resident partner in Boston of Brown Brothers & Co.
In June of 1911, Louis Curtis applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a story to the house at the rear, designed by architect George T. Tilden.
In May of 1919, Fanny Curtis applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a garage at the rear, designed by architects Bellows and Aldrich.
The Curtises two children — Louis Curtis, Jr., and Laurence Curtis, II — lived with them at 464 Beacon.
Louis Curtis was an investment banker with his father’s firm, Brown Brothers & Co. In about 1921, he moved to New York City to join the firm’s office there. In June of 1921, he married to Mary Sloan Colt. They returned to Boston by the 1922-1923 winter season and lived at 447 Beacon. He rejoined the Boston office of Brown Brothers & Co. and became resident partner in 1925 following his father’s retirement.
Laurence Curtis, II, was a lawyer. He moved to Washington DC in the fall of 1921 to serve for a year as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. He returned to Boston by the 1922-1923 winter season and resumed living at 464 Beacon with his parents.
Louis Curtis died in March of 1931. Fanny Curtis and Laurence Curtis continued to live at 464 Beacon during the 1935-1936 winter season, after which they moved, Fanny Curtis to Brookline and Laurence Curtis to the Hotel Lincolnshire at 20 Charles.
By the 1936-1937 winter season, 464 Beacon was the home of Dr. Austin Walter Cheever and his wife, Willette Marie (McKeever) Cheever. They previously had lived in Brookline. Willette M. Cheever is shown as the owner of 464 Beacon on the 1938 Bromley map.
Austin Cheever was a dermatologist. A pharmacist by training, Willette Cheever was a dance teacher.
In December of 1936, Austin Cheever applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a dwelling and doctor’s offices.
The Cheevers continued to live at 464 Beacon — and he continued to maintain his medical offices there — until about 1962.
By 1964, 464 Beacon was owned by Kenneth L. Shaw. In January of 1964, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a dwelling and doctor’s offices into ten apartments.
In December of 1965, 464 Beacon was acquired from Kenneth Shaw by Abbot M. Peterson, III, and his wife, Barbara E. (Pease) Peterson. They previously had lived at 213 Beacon, which she continued to own and operate as a lodging house. They lived in one of the apartments at 464 Beacon until about 1971, when they moved to Wellesley.
In July of 1979, the Petersons transferred the property to Abbot Peterson, III, and Kenneth Shaw.
In November of 1981, Kenneth Shaw applied for (and subsequently received) permission to increase the number of apartments from ten to eleven.
In January of 1984, Abbot Peterson, III, and Kenneth Shaw transferred the property back to Abbot and Barbara Peterson.
In December of 1987, Abbot and Barbara Peterson converted 464 Beacon into eleven condominium units, the 464 Beacon Street Condominium.