52 Hereford (303-305 Newbury) is located on the NE corner of Hereford and Newbury, with 50 Hereford to the north, 62 Hereford to the south, across Newbury, 301 Newbury to the east, and 53 Hereford to the west, across Hereford.
52 Hereford was designed by Ernest N. Boyden, architect, and built in 1885-1886 by Albion Knowlton, builder, for Edwin B. Horn, Jr., a jeweler and real estate developer who lived at 11 Greenwich Park. It was one of four contiguous buildings (46-48-50-52 Hereford) built for Edwin Horn, designed as a symmetrical group, with 48-50 Hereford a symmetrical pair of single-family dwellings, flanked by 46 and 52 Hereford, each a four-family apartment building. Edwin Horn is shown as the owner on the original building permit applications for 46, 50, and 52 Hereford (the application for 48 Hereford has not been located).
52 Hereford was built as a four-unit apartment house, called The Hereford.
Barthold Schlesinger, an iron and steel merchant and real estate investor, is shown as the owner of 52 Hereford on the 1888 and 1890 Bromley maps.
Anna G. Whittemore is shown as the owner of 52 Hereford on the 1895, 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps, and was the assessed owner through 1922.
James M. Burr was the assessed owner of 52 Hereford in 1923, and Daniel A. McLaughlin was the assessed owner in 1924.
In 1924, 52 Hereford was acquired by David Shikes and Philip B. Long. David Shikes et al were the assessed owners from 1925 through 1927.
In July of 1924, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from four apartments into two retail stores (on the basement and first floor levels) and four apartments. Plans for the remodeling are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN E-9).
By 1928, the property had reverted to Daniel McLaughlin. He is shown as the owner on the 1928 Bromley map and was the assessed owner in 1928 and 1929.
By 1930, David Shikes and Philip Long were the owners once again. David Shikes et al were the assessed owners from 1930 through 1942, and Mrs. D. Shikes and P. B. Long are shown as the owners on the 1938 Bromley map.
On October 14, 1931, the building was damaged by a fire that started on the first floor.
By 1945, 52 Hereford was owned by the Berman family. Tillie Berman was the assessed owner from 1945 through 1953, and W. Berman et al, trustees, were the assessed owners from 1954.
In May of 1949, S. Berman applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from two retail stores and four apartments into two retail stores and eight apartments.
On November 11, 1951, the building was damaged by a fire in a third floor apartment.
The property changed hands and in April of 1966 was acquired by real estate broker and investor Charles Talanian.
In June of 1983, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into two retail stores and six offices.
52 Hereford remained a combined commercial building and multiple dwelling in 2014.