513 Beacon is one of ten contiguous houses (511-529 Beacon) designed by architect Samuel D. Kelley and built in 1887 for Chadwick & Stillings (N. Henry Chadwick and Oscar L. Stillings), a hat block and flange company that became a significant house building firm in the 1880s and 1890s. They are shown as the owners and builders on the original permit applications, all dated March 14, 1887. The next year, Chadwick & Stillings built one more house, also designed by Samuel Kelley, immediately to the west, at 531 Beacon.
The ten houses at 511-529 Beacon are of a similar pattern, all with entrances on the east side and cylindrical bays on the west. The houses furthest east and west in the group (511 and 529 Beacon) have brick bays which extend to the third story, with two windows above the bay on the fourth story. The next two houses from either end (513 and 527 Beacon) have rusticated stone bays which are cylindrical for the first two stories and angled on the third story, with single arched window above surrounded by decorative stonework with a triangular top. The next two houses from either end (515 and 525 Beacon) have brick cylindrical bays to the third story, with three windows above surrounded by decorative stonework with a fan shape at the top. The four houses in the center of the grouping (517-519-521-523 Beacon) are variations on the same themes.
By the 1888-1889 winter season, 513 Beacon was the home of Charles William Sherbourne and his wife Sarah (Damon) Sherburne. They previously had lived in Somerville. He is shown as the owner of 513 Beacon on the 1895, 1898, 1908, and 1912 Bromley maps.
Charles Sherburne was a manufacturer of luggage tags, locks, and other railroad supplies.
Their son, Charles Henry Sherburne, lived with them. He was associated with his father’s firm. He married in October of 1895 to Josephine May Woods. After their marriage, they lived at 513 Beacon with his parents.
Sarah Sherburne died in September of 1906. Charles Sherburne and Charles and Josephine Sherburne continued to live at 513 Beacon.
Charles William Sherburne died in May and 1915. Charles and Josephine Sherburne continued to live at 513 Beacon during the 1919-1920 winter season, but moved thereafter to 419 Beacon. The Heirs of Charles W. Sherburne are shown as the owners of 513 Beacon on the 1917 Bromley map.
By the early 1920s, 513 Beacon appears to have been converted into a lodging house, with various operators.
By the 1924-1925 winter season, the lodging house at 513 Beacon operated by Arthur R. Gray, a railroad conductor, and his wife, Marion Inez (Sawyer) Gray. Their primary residence was at 50 St. Stephen, where they also operated a lodging house. They continued to operate the lodging house at 513 Beacon in 1926.
In 1927, the lodging house at 513 Beacon was operated by Frederick H. Gay, a carpenter, and his wife, Georgina Gay. They previously had lived in Somerville. They had moved by 1928. By 1929. they were living in Somerville again, and by 1930 they were lodgers at 445 Beacon.
By 1928, 513 Beacon was owned by Joseph Y. Schooner, who also owned 515 Beacon and is shown as the owner of both houses on the 1928 Bromley map. He was a note broker and treasurer of the Boston Mirror Company, and lived in Brookline.
By 1930, 513 Beacon was the home of Frank J. Hurson, a watchman in factory, and his wife, Helen M. (Hennessey) Hurson, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 521 Beacon. They continued to live and operate the lodging house at 513 Beacon in 1937, but had moved to 54 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury by 1938.
By 1938, 513 Beacon had become the home of Thomas F. Burke and his wife, Nellie J. Burke, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 533 Bennington in East Boston. Nellie Burke died in the early 1950s and Thomas Burke died in July of 1955.
By 1961, 513 Beacon was owned by Solomon Kolodny, president of Ansko Realty Trust. In September of 1961, he applied for (and subsequently received) persmission to remodel the property from a lodging house into ten apartments. As part of the remodeling, he also received approval to add two stories to the rear ell, making it four stories high.
The property changed hands, including going through foreclosure, and was acquired in November of 1982 by real estate investor George P. Demeter.
513 Beacon remained an apartment building in 2014.