470 Beacon was designed by Fehmer and Page, architects, and built in 1891-1892 by B. D. Whitcomb & Co., builders, for James Brown Case, a wholesale dry goods merchant and banker, and his wife, Laura Lucretia (Williams) Case. It was one of two contiguous houses (468-470 Beacon) built for James Case. In 1890, before the houses were built, he received approval to build a 52 foot wide stable behind both houses. He is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for the stables, dated November 4, 1890, and on the applications for 468 Beacon and 470 Beacon, dated June 9, 1891.
After the houses were completed, James and Laura Case moved to 468 Beacon and their son-in-law and daughter, real estate dealer James Goldthwaite Freeman and Caroline Sumner (Case) Freeman, moved to 470 Beacon. The Freemans had previously lived at 457 Beacon. Both the Freemans and the Cases also maintained homes in Weston.
Caroline S. Freeman is shown as the owner of 470 Beacon on the 1895, 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps.
James Freeman died in December of 1912. After her husband’s death, Caroline Freeman sold her Weston estate to her sister, Louisa Case, and continued to live at 470 Beacon until her death in November of 1919.
By the 1923-1924 winter season, 470 Beacon was the home of James Freeman’s nephew and business associate, Harris Hooper Lawrence, and his wife, Theodora Maria (Eldredge) Lawrence. They previously had lived in Brookline and, prior to that, at 441 Marlborough. They also maintained a home in Concord.
The Lawrences continued to live at 470 Beacon during the 1926-1927 winter season, but moved soon thereafter to 376 Marlborough.
By the 1927-1928 winter season, it was the home of Dr. Arthur Ronald Kimpton, a physician and professor at Tufts Medical School, and his wife, Elizabeth Dale (Mann) Kimpton. They previously had lived at 66 Bay State Road and he had maintained his medical offices at 23 Bay State (he continued to maintain his offices there after they moved to 470 Beacon). A. R. and E. D. Kimpton are shown as the owners of 470 Beacon on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps, and Arthur Kimpton was the assessed owner through 1946. They also maintained a home, Meadowlark, in Norwell.
Elizabeth Kimpton died in July of 1936. Arthur Kimpton remarried in April of 1939 to Mrs. Helen Evaline (Thompson) Kedian Ellis,the widow of James Edward Kedian and Alfonso Lee Ellis. After their marriage, they lived at 470 Beacon. He also continued to maintain his offices at 23 Bay State Road.
The Kimptons continued to live at 470 Beacon until about 1946, when they moved to an apartment at 62 Commonwealth.
By 1947, 470 Beacon was the home of Dr. Bernard Appel, a dermatologist, and his wife, Doris (Leavitt) Appel, a sculptor. They previously had lived in Lynn. Bernard Appel et al were the assessed owners of 470 Beacon in 1947 and 1948. They continued to live at 470 Beacon until about 1948.
In about 1948, 470 Beacon became the home of Mrs. Edna Mae (Reynolds) Candage Lovejoy Walsh Grant, who operated it as a lodging house. She previously had lived in Reading. She was the assessed owner of 470 Beacon from 1949 through 1951.
Edna Grant was the former wife of Henry (Harry) Wells Candage, the widow of Everett John Lovejoy and Dr. William Martin Walsh, and the former wife of Wallace Edwin Grant.
Among the lodgers at 470 Beacon with Mrs. Grant in 1949 was Francis (Frank) Greene MacCausland, an automobile salesman, who also previously had lived in Reading. He had moved from 470 Beacon by 1950.
In 1946, before she lived at 470 Beacon, Edna Grant had filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert 220 Commonwealth into apartments. The property was owned by Frank MacCausland, then a resident of Stoneham. He transferred it to her in June of 1947.
Mrs. Grant continued to live at 470 Beacon until about 1951, when she moved to an apartment at 220 Commonwealth
On October 1, 1951, Edna Grant was arrested and charged with arranging for illegal abortions, working with three physicians, who also were arrested.
On November 15, 1951, Edna Grant transferred 470 Beacon and her other properties to a trust she established for her benefit with Anna Louise (Day) Hicks as trustee.
Louise Day Hicks was a real estate investor and operator of lodging houses. She and her husband, John Edward Hicks, an engineer, lived in South Boston. She later would become a well known Boston politician. She was elected to the Boston School Committee in 1961 and was an outspoken opponent of using busing to integrate Boston’s schools. In 1967, she was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor, but in 1969 was elected to the City Council. In 1970, she was elected to the US Congress, but was defeated for re-election in 1972. She was reelected to the City Council in 1973 and 1975, but then lost two successive bids in 1977 and 1981.
By 1952, 470 Beacon was owned by Eugene Venezia. In July of 1952, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into nine apartments.
The property changed hands and in October of 1996 was purchased by real estate broker and investor George P. Demeter, as trustee of the Demeter Realty Trust
470 Beacon remained an apartment house in 2015.