8 Gloucester is located on the NW corner of Gloucester and Marlborough, with 6 Gloucester to the north, 334 Marlborough to the south, across Marlborough, 7 Gloucester to the east, across Gloucester, and 337 Marlborough to the west.
8 Gloucester was designed by Parker, Thomas, and Rice, architects, and built in 1912 for the Gloucester Trust. It was built as a 7-unit apartment building, The Gloucester, replacing a house built ca. 1871.
Plans for the building — including elevations, floor plans, and framing plans — are included in the City of Boston Blueprints Collection in the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department (reference BIN A-75).
Frederick Lewis Dabney is shown as the owner of 8 Gloucester on the 1912 and 1917 Bromley maps. He also is shown as the owner of 6 Gloucester, which was a single-family dwelling.
By 1928, A. Lawrence Lowell was the owner of 6 Gloucester and 8 Gloucester. He is shown as the owner on the 1928 and 1938 Bromley maps.
In about 1955, 8 Gloucester was purchased by real estate dealer Thomas J. Diab. In March of 1957, he filed for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as nine apartments, which he indicated was the occupancy when he acquired the building “about one and one-half years ago” and “shows every evidence of having been used as such for at least the past ten years.”
By 1962, 8 Gloucester was owned by the Lister Realty Corporation. In May of 1962, it filed for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property into 17 apartments.
In August of 1963, 8 Gloucester was acquired from the Lister Realty Corporation by Jack Eadie Molesworth. Jack E. Molesworth was a philatelic dealer specializing in Confederate stamps. A leader of the ultra-conservative Young Americans for Freedom and a Republican State Committee member, he was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1964. He and his wife, Phyllis (Carpinteri) Molesworth, lived in an apartment at 166 Beacon in the early 1960s, but had moved to an apartment at 88 Beacon by 1964.
In 1973, Niceno Mastrobuono and Robert W. Zimmerman, trustees of the Eight Gloucester Street Realty Trust, purchased 8 Gloucester from Jack Molesworth. In October of 1973, they converted the property into 17 condominium units, the 8 Gloucester Street Condominium.
8 Gloucester (Demolished)
The original house at 8 Gloucester was built ca. 1871 for investment banker Henry Chapman Wainwright, one of three contiguous houses (4-6-8 Gloucester), probably for speculative sale.
By 1873, 8 Gloucester was the home of John Adams Blanchard, Jr., and Laura Smith (Dove) Blanchard. In 1872, they had lived at 58 Beacon with his father. Laura Blanchard’s father, John Dove, is shown as the owner of 8 Gloucester on the 1874 Hopkins map. He was the founder of the Smith and Dove Manufacturing Company of Andover, which built the first flax mill in the United States.
John Blanchard was a shipping merchant in the Calcutta trade and later a cotton commission merchant. He had retired in 1872.
John Dove died in November of 1876. 8 Gloucester continued to be owned by his estate, as shown on the 1883 and 1888 Bromley map. The estate also owned 4 Gloucester, where Laura Blanchard’s brother-in-law and sister, William Phillips Walley and Clara Lyell (Dove) Walley, lived. By the time the 1890 map was prepared, the ownership of the two houses had been divided, and Laura Blanchard is shown as the owner of 8 Gloucester and Clara Walley as the owner of 4 Gloucester.
The Blanchards continued to live at 8 Gloucester during the 1880-1881 winter season.
By the 1882-1883 winter season, 8 Gloucester was the home of cotton merchant Francis Williams Sargent and his wife, Jane Welles (Hunnewell) Sargent. They had been married in November of 1881, and 8 Gloucester may have been their first home together. They continued to live there during the 1884-1885 season, after which they lived in Wellesley while awaiting completion of their new Boston home at 40 Hereford, where they were living by the 1887-1888 season.
John Blanchard died in March of 1885 while traveling in Florence, Italy, and by the 1885-1886 winter season, 8 Gloucester was once again Laura Blanchard’s home. She married again, in February of 1888, to George Alexander Philips Duncan (later Duncan-Haldane).
George Duncan was an engineer (thirty years later, in June of 1918, he would become the 4th Earl of Camperdown of Lundie upon the death of his brother, Robert).
During the 1888-1889 winter season, 8 Gloucester was the home of Daniel Denny and his wife, Mary DeForest (Bigelow) Denny. They previously had lived at 287 Beacon. They also maintained a home in Milton. Daniel Denny was a dry goods commission merchant in the firm of Denny, Poor & Co., doing business in Boston and New York. Daniel Denny’s unmarried brother, Clarence Holbrook Denny, lived with them. He was a wool dealer. By the 1889-1890 season, they had moved to 401 Marlborough.
During the 1890-1891 season, George and Laura (Dove) Duncan were living at 8 Gloucester. For the next two season, they were again living elsewhere.
During the 1891-1892 winter season, it was the home of wholesale dry goods merchant Joseph Stevens Kendall and his wife, Ellen (King) Kendall. They had previously lived at 315 Dartmouth. By the 1892-1893 season, they had moved to 316 Beacon.
8 Gloucester was not listed in the 1893 Blue Book.
By the 1893-1894 winter season, George and Laura (Dove) Duncan had resumed living at 8 Gloucester They continued to live there during the 1894-1895 season, but were again living elsewhere for the next two season.
During the 1895-1896 winter season, 8 Gloucester was the home of Mrs. Anna Smith (Miller) Bigelow, the widow of former Massachusetts Chief Justice George Tyler Bigelow, their daughter, Caroline Miller (Bigelow) Amory, the wife of George Washington Amory (who was living separately at 10 Charles), and Mrs. Amory’s daughters, Caroline and Constance Amory. Mrs. Bigelow and Mrs. Amory previously had lived at 234 Beacon. They continued to live at 8 Gloucester during the 1896-1897 season, but moved thereafter. Caroline Amory and her daughters moved to the Hotel Victoria at 273 Dartmouth and then to 228 Beacon. Anna Bigelow moved elsewhere and by 1900 was living in Quincy.
During the 1901-1902 winter season, 8 Gloucester was the home of note broker Frederick Strong Moseley and his wife, Helen (Carpenter) Moseley. They previously had lived in Newburyport. By the 1902-1903 season, they had moved to 144 Beacon.
By the 1902-1903 winter season, 8 Gloucester was the home of Amy Gore (Walker) Iasigi, the widow of shipping merchant Oscar Iasigi. She previously had lived at 333 Commonwealth.
The Duncans continued to live there during the 1905-1906 winter season, but during the 1906-1907 season it was the home of paper manufacturer Charles Ellis Mason and his wife, Elizabeth (Andrew) Mason. They had been married in July of 1905. Prior to their marriage, he had lived at 347 Commonwealth with his parents, Mortimer Blake Mason and Mary Emma (Phillips) Mason, and she had lived at 32 Hereford with her aunt, Edith Andrew. Charles and Elizabeth Mason continued to live at 8 Gloucester during the 1907-1908 season, after which they moved to 25 Exeter.
The Duncans were again living at 8 Gloucester by the 1908-1909 winter season. They continued to live there in until her death in August of 1910. George Duncan moved soon thereafter, and by the 1911-1912 season, he was living at 62 Commonwealth.
8 Gloucester was razed soon thereafter.