9 Fairfield

9 Fairfield (2014)

9 Fairfield (2014)

Lot 30.08' x 55.33' (1,664 sf)

Lot 30.08′ x 55.33′ (1,664 sf)

9 Fairfield is located on the west side of Fairfield, between Marlborough and Commonwealth, with 7 Fairfield to the north and 21 Fairfield to the south, across Alley 427.

9 Fairfield was designed by Ware and Van Brunt, architects, and built for building contractor George Martin Gibson ca. 1872, probably for speculative sale, one of two contiguous houses (7-9 Fairfield).   At about the same time, Ware and Van Brunt also designed six additional houses for George Gibson, 282 Marlborough (contiguous with 7-9 Fairfield but in a different style) and 284-286-288-290-292 Marlborough.

By 1873, 9 Fairfield was the home of John Torrey Morse, Jr. and his wife, Fanny Pope (Hovey) Morse.  In 1872, they had lived at 100 Beacon with her parents, George Otis Hovey and Mary Ann Leveley (Cotton) Hovey.

John Morse, Jr., is shown as the owner of 9 Fairfield on the 1874 Hopkins map, and Fanny Morse is shown as the owner on the 1883 and 1888 Bromley maps.

John Torrey Morse, Jr., was an attorney, historian, and biographer.  He was a lecturer in history at Harvard in the late 1870s and for two years served with Henry Cabot Lodge as co-editor of the International Review.  He also was editor of the American Statesmen series of biographies.

9 Fairfield (2014)

9 Fairfield (2014)

The Morses continued to live at 9 Fairfield in 1885, but moved soon thereafter to a new home they had built at 16 Fairfield (276 Marlborough).  They continued to own 9 Fairfield and lease it to others.  Fanny Morse is shown as the owner on the 1898, 1908, and 1917 Bromley maps, and the Heirs of Fanny H. Morse are shown as the owners on the 1928 and 1938 maps.

By the 1885-1886 winter season, 9 Fairfield was the home of attorney and mining investor Horatio Ripley Bigelow and his wife Anne Lenthal (Smith) Bigelow.  They had lived at 256 Beacon during the previous season. They also maintained a home in Hanover.

Horatio Bigelow died in October of 1888, and Anne Bigelow continued live at 9 Fairfield.  Their unmarried daughter, Adeline, lived with her.

By 1892, William Alliston Ley Bazeley was living at 9 Fairfield as a boarder with Anne Bigelow.  He was a clerk in the offices of her son, Albert Smith Bigelow, a mining investor and developer.

9 Fairfield (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

9 Fairfield (ca. 1942), photograph by Bainbridge Bunting, courtesy of The Gleason Partnership

Anne Bigelow died in August of 1897.  William Bazeley continued to live at 9 Fairfield until his marriage in September of 1899 to Margaret Chapin.  After their marriage, they lived at 306 Beacon.  He subsequently became a real estate investor and later served as a member of the State Legislature.

Adeline Bigelow continued to live at 9 Fairfield until about 1915.

By the 1915-1916 winter season, it was the home of Mrs. Anita (Jones) Pratt, the widow of real estate broker William Pratt, and Miss Lucia B. Cutts, a lodger with her. They previously had lived at the Hotel Agassiz at 191 Commonwealth.

They continued to live there until Anita Pratt’s death in February of 1931, after which Miss Cutts moved to an apartment at 250 Commonwealth.

7-9 Fairfield and Fairfield façade of 282 Marlborough (2013)

7-9 Fairfield and Fairfield façade of 282 Marlborough (2013)

By 1932, 9 Fairfield was the home of Robert James Clark, a real estate and insurance broker, and his wife, Harriet (FitzGerald) Clark. In 1931, they had lived at the Hotel Royal at 295 Beacon.  They continued to live at 9 Fairfield until his death in August of 1960.

The property changed hands and in October of 1961 was acquired by Edwin Conant Bacon and his wife, Adelaide (Smoki) Ruth (Ginepra) Bacon.  In October of 1961, they applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert the property from a single-family dwelling into a two-family dwelling.

Edwin Bacon was an insurance broker.  He died in July of 1974.

In March of 1999, Jeffrey O. Nyweide purchased 9 Fairfield from Smoki Bacon.  In July of 1999, he applied for (and subsequently received) permission to remodel the property, including removing the fire escapes, and convert it from a two-family dwelling back into a single-family dwelling.

9 Fairfield remained assessed as a single-family dwelling in 2014.

7-9 Fairfield and 282 Marlborough, with 5 Fairfield in distance (ca. 1902); courtesy of the Boston Athenaeum