266 Beacon

266 Beacon (2014)

Lot 40' x 150' (6,000 sf)

Lot 40′ x 150′ (6,000 sf)

266 Beacon is located on the north side of Beacon, between  Dartmouth and Exeter, with 264 Beacon to the east and 270 Beacon to the west.

266 Beacon was designed by Shaw and Hunnewell, architects, and built in 1886 by L. Willcutt and C. E. Clark, as the home of dry goods merchant Francis Skinner and his wife, Eliza Blanchard (Gardner) Skinner.  They previously had lived at 200 Beacon.  Eliza Skinner is shown as the owner of 266 Beacon on the original permit application, dated December 29, 1885, and on the 1888 and 1898 Bromley maps.

Francis Skinner, Jr., their only surviving son, lived with them.

Eliza Skinner died in September of 1898. Francis Skinner and their son continued to live at 266 Beacon.

Francis Skinner, Jr., married in June of 1900 to Sarah E. Carr. After their marriage, they lived in Dedham. Sarah Carr was a saleswoman in a store on Boylston and her father was a tailor, and the marriage was reported in the Boston Globe on July 20, 1900, under the headline “Society Agog, Aristocratic Youth Weds a Salesgirl, He is Nephew of Mrs. ‘Jack’ Gardner, She the daughter of a tailor.” Francis Skinner, Jr., died in May of 1914, and an article on his death (aboard the SS Coronia) noted that “Mr. Skinner’s father, with whom he then lived, and various relatives were much opposed to the marriage…” but “three years after the marriage, the breach between the young husband and his father became healed.”

266 Beacon (ca. 1900), photograph by William Clark, courtesy of Historic New England

266 Beacon (ca. 1900), photograph by William Clark, courtesy of Historic New England

Francis Skinner, Sr., continued to live at 266 Beacon until his death in November of 1905.

By the 1907-1908 winter season, 266 Beacon was the home of Robert J. Edwards, who was unmarried.  He previously had lived at 55 Bellevue in Roxbury.  He is shown as the owner on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.  Living with him were his sisters, Hannah Edwards and Grace Martha Edwards.  They also maintained a summer home in Beverly Farms.

Robert Edwards was treasurer of the Edwards Manufacturing Company, cotton mill operators.  He and his sisters were the children of textile manufacturer and banker Jacob Edwards and his wife, Juliana (Cheney) Edwards.

He died in November of 1924.  Hannah and Grace Edwards continued to live at 266 Beacon.  Hannah Edwards died in March of 1929, and Grace Edwards died in September of 1938.  She is shown as the owner on the 1938 map.

262-266 Beacon (2013)

262-266 Beacon (2013)

By 1940, 266 Beacon was owned by John Hunkins.  In June of 1940, he applied for permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a three-family dwelling.  He subsequently abandoned the application.

By 1941, 266 Beacon was owned by Dr. Marius N. Smith-Petersen, an orthopedic surgeon. In March of 1941, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into medical offices.

In April of 1972, M. Leonard Lewis acquired 266 Beacon from Hilda D. Smith-Peterson.  Lordonie Realty Corporation, which he appears to have owned, had acquired 264 Beacon in 1955, and he had acquired 262 Beacon in 1961.

266 Beacon remained medical offices in 2014.

North side of Beacon, looking east from Exeter, 276 Beacon in the foreground (ca. 1898), courtesy of the Bostonian Society

North side of Beacon, looking east from Exeter, 276 Beacon in the foreground (ca. 1898), courtesy of the Bostonian Society