9 Gloucester

9 Gloucester (2013)

9 Gloucester (2013)

Irregular Lot 44.75' on Gloucester, 61.5' on Marlborough, with 6

Irregular Lot 44.75′ on Gloucester, 61.5′ on Marlborough, with 6″ outset for portion of Eastern boundary (2,763 sf)

9 Gloucester is located on the SE corner of Gloucester and Marlborough, with 7 Gloucester to the north, across Marlborough, 11 Gloucester to the south, 322 Marlborough to the east, and 334 Marlborough to the west, across Gloucester.

9 Gloucester (324 Marlborough) was designed by architect Willard Thomas Sears (of the firm of Cummings and Sears) and built for him ca. 1872, one of four contiguous houses (9-11-13-15 Gloucester) designed as a single symmetrical unit.  At about the same time, he also designed 322 Marlborough on the adjoining lot to the east.

Willard and Marianne (Mott) Sears made 15 Gloucester their home.  He sold 322 Marlborough to his brother-in-law and sister, Charles W. Seabury and Elizabeth Willard (Sears) Seabury, who lived there, and sold 9-1113 Gloucester to his first cousin, Joshua Montgomery Sears, who owned them as rental property.  Joshua M. Sears is shown as the owner of all three houses on the 1883, 1888, and 1898 Bromley maps.

By 1878, 9 Gloucester was the home of wine importer and wholesale liquor merchant John Eliot Atkins.  He previously had lived at the Hotel Pelham (southwest corner of Boylston and Tremont).  He and his wife, Helen M. (Eastman) Atkins were separated (and were divorced by 1900).  He continued to live at 9 Gloucester during the 1884-1885 winter season, but moved thereafter to 306 Beacon.

By the 1885-1886 winter season, 9 Gloucester was the home of Robert F. Clark and his wife, Marguerita C. (Jones) Clark.  They previously had lived at 38 Chestnut.

Robert Clark was a stockbroker and served as Chairman of the Boston Police Commission.  He was the founding president of the Boston Athletic Association, formed in 1887.

Marguerita Clark died in June of 1904.  Robert Clark continued to live at 9 Gloucester.  Their son, Robert Jones Clark, a real estate and insurance broker, lived with him.

In September of 1906, Robert Clark married again, to Susan Day Kimball.  Prior to their marriage, she had lived at 317 Beacon with her brother-in-law and sister, William and Mary (Kimball) Kehew.  After their marriage, Robert and Susan Clark lived at 9 Gloucester.

9 Gloucester, Marlborough façade (2014)

On March 13, 1907, the Boston Globe reported that Robert Clark had entered into an agreement with the Estate of J. Montgomery Sears (who had died in June of 1905) to purchase 9 Gloucester.  The agreement apparently was not finalized, however, and on August 7, 1907, the Globe reported that the Sears Estate had sold the house to Donald Gordon.

By 1908, the Clarks had purchased and moved to 317 Beacon, probably buying the house from William and Mary Kehew.

Donald Gordon, an attorney, and his wife, Louisa Raynor (Ayer) Gordon, lived at 9 Gloucester from soon after their purchase of the house in 1907. They previously had lived next door, at 11 Gloucester.  He is shown as the owner of 9 Gloucester on the 1908 and 1912 Bromley maps.  They continued to live there during the 1914-1915 winter season, after which they moved to Lincoln.

In mid-1915, Charles Taylor Lovering, Jr., a stockbroker, and his wife, Ellen Brewer (Lyman) Lovering, purchased 9 Gloucester from Donald Gordon.  They previously had lived in an apartment at 371 Commonwealth.  The June 16, 1915, Boston Globe article reporting the sale noted that the Loverings would occupy the house “after extensive improvements.”  These included the construction of a two-story rear addition between 9 Gloucester and 322 Marlborough.  The remodeling was designed by architects Bigelow and Wadsworth.

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

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

Charles Lovering is shown as the owner of 9 Gloucester on the 1917 Bromley map.

From mid-1917 to mid-1919, Charles Lovering was serving in the US Army, including serving in France from June of 1918 to February of 1919.  During this period, the Loverings leased 9 Gloucester to others, and they lived at 42 Fairfield during the 1917-1918 winter season and at 451 Marlborough during the 1918-1919 season.

During the 1917-1918 winter season, 9 Gloucester was the home of Philip Stockton, president of the Old Colony Trust Company, and his wife, Margaret (Head) Stockton.  They also maintained a home in Manchester.   They previously had lived at 173 Commonwealth, and by the 1918-1919 season, they had moved to 278 Beacon.

During the 1918-1919 winter season, 9 Gloucester was the home of leather and wool merchant Louis Rosenthal and his wife, Mabel (Rothschild) Rosenthal.  They previously had lived at 7 Marlborough, and by the 1919-1920 season had moved to 261 Clarendon.

The Loverings resumed living at 9 Glocuester in 1920.  They continued to live there during the 1924-1925 winter season but moved thereafter to an apartment at 8 Gloucester; they divorced soon thereafter and he moved to New York City.

9-11 Gloucester (2013)

9-11 Gloucester (2013)

During the 1925-1926 winter season, 9 Gloucester was the home of bond broker Eben Shearman Doolittle and his wife, Alice Watson (Lowery) Doolittle.  They previously had lived at 12 Charles River Square.  In the spring of 1926, they purchased and moved to 321 Marlborough.

By the 1926-1927 winter season, 9 Gloucester was the home of investment banker Franklin Haven Clark and his wife, Frances (Sturgis) Clark.  They previously had lived at 31 Hereford.  Frances Clark is shown as the owner of 9 Gloucester on the 1928 Bromley map.  They also maintained a summer home in Nahant.

In June of 1930, the Clarks applied for (and subsequently received) permission to add a third floor to the ell between 9 Gloucester and 322 Marlborough.  The remodeling was designed by architects Perry, Shaw, and Hepburn.

The Clarks continued to live at 9 Gloucester until his death in July of 1936.

By 1937, 9 Gloucester was owned by Bessie Everett (Griffin) Norris, the wife of real estate and insurance broker Forris Wood Norris.  In March of 1938, she applied for (and subsequently received) permission to convert it into four apartments.  She is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.

In October of 1940, Forris W. Norris, received permission to repair fire damage to the basement and first floor of the house, which at that point contained five apartments.

The house changed hands, remaining apartments until 1983.

In August of 1983, 9 Gloucester was acquired by Daniel and Robert Mullin, trustees of the Mullin Family Realty Trust.  In November of  1983, they converted it into five condominium units, the Nine Gloucester Street Condominium.