51 Massachusetts

51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)

51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)

Irregular Lot: 22.93' on Massachusetts Avenue (1,495 sf).

Irregular Lot: 22.93′ on Massachusetts Avenue (1,495 sf).

51 Massachusetts Avenue is located on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue, between Marlborough and Commonwealth, with 49 Massachusetts to the north and 371 Commonwealth (61 Massachusetts Avenue) to the south, across Alley 905.

51 Marlborough was designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1889 by Warren Dexter Vinal, a builder and real estate developer, one of four contiguous houses (424 Marlborough and 47-49-51 Massachusetts Avenue). He is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications, all dated March 1, 1889, and on the final building inspection report, dated November 15, 1889. On the application for 51 Massachusetts Avenue, the address is shown as 440 West Chester Park; it changed to 51 Massachusetts Avenue when West Chester Park was renamed on March 1, 1894.

During the 1890-1891 winter season, 51 Massachusetts Avenue was the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Carpenter.

The house was not listed in the 1892 Blue Book.

By the 1892-1893 winter season, 51 Massachusetts Avenue was the home of Dr. Edward J. Forster and his wife, Anita Damon (Lyon) Forster. They previously had lived at 22 Monument Square in Charlestown. She is shown as the owner of 51 Massachusetts Avenue on the 1895 Bromley map.

Edward Forster was a physician and served as chief of the medical department of the Massachusetts State Militia.

Second floor plan of 424 Marlborough and 47-49-51 Massachusetts Avenue (444-442-440 West Chester Park), bound with the final building inspection report for 51 Massachusetts Avenue, 15Nov1889 (v. 32, p. 78); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

Second floor plan of 424 Marlborough and 47-49-51 Massachusetts Avenue (444-442-440 West Chester Park), bound with the final building inspection report for 51 Massachusetts Avenue, 15Nov1889 (v. 32, p. 78); courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department

He died in May of 1896 and Anita Forster moved soon thereafter.

By the 1896-1897 winter season, 51 Massachusetts Avenue was the home of Dr. Albert Novatus Blodgett. He is shown as the owner on the 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps.

Albert Blodgett was a physician and served as superintendent of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was unmarried.

Dr. Daniel Lawrence Hunt, also a physician, maintained his office at 51 Massachusetts with Dr. Blodgett. He lived at 171 Walnut and then at 5 Mountfort. He married in November of 1898 to Ruth Hancock; after their marriage, they lived in an apartment at 293 Commonwealth where he also moved his office.

In about 1899, Dr. John Hammond Blodgett joined Albert Blodgett at 51 Massachusetts. He is shown in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Censuses as Albert Blodgett’s son, and is also referred to as such in Albert Blodgett’s Boston Globe obituary, published on July 10, 1923. In his passport application dated May 7, 1911, however, John Blodgett states that his father is deceased, and it may be that he was Albert Blodgett’s adopted son.

John Blodgett was an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and maintained his medical office at 551 Boylston. He previously had lived and maintained his office at 148 Chandler. He continued to maintain his office at 551 Boylston until about 1910, when he moved it to the Hotel Puritan at 390 Commonwealth.

By 1910, and possibly before, 51 Massachusetts Avenue also was the home of Miss Anna Charlotte Hanson, who was the Blodgetts’ housekeeper.

Albert Blodgett died in July of 1923. John Blodgett continued to live at 51 Massachusetts Avenue during the 1923-1924 winter season, but moved soon thereafter to an apartment at 7 Exeter and then to 20 Hereford.  Anna Hanson moved to 7 Exeter and then to 20 Hereford at the same time.

51 Massachusetts Avenue no longer was listed in the Blue Books after 1924.

By the late 1920s, it had been converted into offices and one or more apartments.

51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)

51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)

By 1928, 51 Massachusetts Avenue was owned by Edward Calvin Donnelly and his wife, Mary J. (Mahoney) Donnelly. They lived at 63 Commonwealth. E. C. Donnelly is shown as the owner of 51 Massachusetts Avenue on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.

Edward Donnelly was president of John Donnelly & Sons, a major outdoor advertising (billboard) company.

In March of 1937, Mary Donnelly, trustee, applied for (and subsequently received) permission to change the occupancy from a single-family dwelling (with “lodgings” crossed-off from the applications) to four apartments and a store.

In May of 1948, Domenic Salvati and his wife, Genesia (DeBernardi) Salvati, acquired 51 Massachusetts Avenue from Mary J. Donnelly et al. They owned 424 Marlborough, where they lived and operated the Marlboro Market.

Genesia Salvati died in November of 1960 and Domenic Salvati died June of 1961. 51 Massachusetts Avenue became the property of their son, Vincent P. Salvati.

In November of 1976, Carmen Stroscio, Anthony J. Stroscio, and Frank Stroscio purchased 51 Massachusetts Avenue from Victor Salvati.

In April of 1977, Frank Stroscio filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from four apartments and a store into four apartments and a restaurant. Dino’s Restaurant opened in the space and remained there until about 1989, when it became the India Samraat restaurant.

In December of 1984, the Stroscios transferred the property to themselves as trustees of the F. T. C. Realty Trust.

In November of 2012, James F. Keliher, trustee of the 51 Mass Ave Realty Trust, purchased 51 Massachusetts Avenue from the F. T. C. Realty Trust.

51 Massachusetts Avenue continued to be a residential and commercial building in 2014.

424 Marlborough and 47-51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)

424 Marlborough and 47-51 Massachusetts Avenue (2014)