Index to Deeds: 304 Commonwealth

The following is an index to property transfer deeds and party wall and building restriction agreements recorded at the Suffolk County Deed Registry from the original land purchase until conversion of the building into condominium units.  Mortgages, trust agreements, and other similar recorded documents are not included.  This index is intended as a guide only; actual deeds should be reviewed for details.

Transfers of Land and Buildings
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
13Nov2009 304 Commonwealth Avenue LLC The Clark Weld House Condominium 45727 27
03Apr2007 Mary Dobrov, trustee, The 304 Commonwealth Avenue Trust 304 Commonwealth Avenue LLC 41617 160
17May1978 Josephine D’Amore Josephine D’Amore, trustee, The 304 Commonwealth Avenue Trust 9058 340
12Apr1951 Thomas J. Diab, Abraham J. Harris, Harold Karp, and Robert Noonan, trustees, General Realty Trust Josephine D’Amore 6685 503
13Dec1946 Thomas J. Diab Thomas J. Diab, Abraham J. Harris, Harold Karp, and Robert Noonan, trustees, General Realty Trust 6292 496
13Dec1946 Hazel M. Sawyer, widow of Fred R. Sawyer Thomas J. Diab 6292 492
19Apr1926 Lewis A. Crossett Fred R. Sawyer and Hazel M. Sawyer, husband and wife 4779 569
26Sep1904 Ralph B. Williams and Ruth Williams Sears, wife of George Sears Lewis A. Crossett 2992 397
30Apr1897 Ruth Williams (one-third undivided interest) Ralph B. Williams 2440 610
30Apr1897 Ruth Williams (one-third undivided interest) Louise H. Williams 2440 609
Transfers of Unimproved Land
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
11May1895 David L. Webster (one-half undivided interest) and Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (one-half undivided interest) (lot with 35 foot frontage) Ruth Williams, minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld 2276 251
01Oct1892 Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (one-half undivided interest; lot with 54 foot 7.5 inch frontage) Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster 2087 449
01Oct1892 Mary Moulton Webster and Andrew G. Webster, trustees under the will of John G. Webster (one-half undivided interest; lot with 54 foot 7.5 inch frontage) Mary Alba Webster, to the use of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster 2087 449
09Dec1891 David Greer (lot with 54 foot 7.5 inch frontage) David L. Webster (one-half undivided interest) and Andrew G. Webster and Mary M. Webster, trustees under the will of John G. Webster (one-half undivided interest) 2032 543
29Jun1891 William A. Pierce, Mary F. Pierce, and George A. Pierce, executors of the will of Charles Wilder Pierce (lot with 54 foot 7.5 inch frontage) David Greer 2011 333
11Mar1881 William D. Pickman and Jacob C. Rogers (lot with 104 foot 7.5 inch frontage) Charles W. Pierce 1518 581
18Jun1880 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (two-sixths undivided interest in lot with 226 foot 7.5 inch frontage) Jacob C. Rogers 1495 553
01Aug1879 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (one-sixth undivided interest in lot with 226 foot 7.5 inch frontage) Jacob C. Rogers 1464 251
01Aug1879 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (three-sixths undivided interest in lot with 226 foot 7.5 inch frontage) William D. Pickman 1464 250
04Jan1877 Edwin Tufts Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees 1362 133
23Oct1876 Albert J. Fernald Edwin Tufts 1360 188
21Oct1876 David N. Skillings (foreclosure of mortgage from Nathan Matthews to David Sears, assigned to David Skillings) Albert J. Fernald 1350 250
02Jun1876 Nathan Matthews Boylston National Bank 1329 38
19Nov1875 Harvey N. Shepard Nathan Matthews 1303 207
19Nov1875 Nathan Matthews, Henry D. Hyde, and Grenville T. W. Braman, trustees Harvey N. Shepard 1303 157
16Oct1873 Harvey N. Shepard Nathan Matthews, Henry D. Hyde, and Grenville T. W. Braman, trustees 1182 271
16Oct1873 Nathan Matthews Harvey N. Shepard 1182 270
30May1873 David N. Skillings, trustee of an indenture between David N. Skillings, Charles Whitney, David Whitney, Jr., and Lawrence Barnes Nathan Matthews 1163 259
02Jan1871 Nathan Matthews David N. Skillings, trustee 1029 238
02Jan1871 David Sears, Jr., Frederick R. Sears, and Knyvet Sears Nathan Matthews 1029 233
Agreement modifying the party wall stipulations included in land transfer deed (Book 2276, p. 251) with respect to the wall between 304 Commonwealth and 306 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
25Jul1896 David L. Webster and Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (owners of lot at 306 Commonwealth) Ruth Williams, a minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (owner of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2325 99
Party wall stipulations included in land transfer deed with respect to the wall between 304 Commonwealth and 306 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
11May1895 David L. Webster and Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (seller of lot at 304 Commonwealth; owner of lot at 306 Commonwealth Ruth Williams, minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (purchaser of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2276 251
Party wall agreement stipulating that the wall between 302 Commonwealth and 304 Commonwealth, which was mistakenly built by Uriah Coffin so that more of the wall rests on the land of 302 Commonwealth than on the land of 304 Commonwealth, shall be considered as resting evenly on the boundary between the two premises and shall be considered a party wall
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
05Sep1895 Uriah H. Coffin; Samuel P. Mandell and Ann E. Mandell, his wife, in her own right; and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ann Mandell owner of 302 Commonwealth) Ruth Williams, a minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (owner of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2325 97
Party wall stipulations included in land transfer deed with respect to the wall between 302 Commonwealth and 304 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
15Sep1880 William D. Pickman and Jacob C. Rogers (sellers of lot at 300-302 Commonwealth and owners of lot at 304 Commonwealth) Uriah H. Coffin (purchaser of lot at 300-305 Commonwealth) 1502 401
 
Building restriction agreement modifying prior building restriction agreement (Book 2276, p. 251) to permit a one story ell at 304 Commonwealth which, with roof and ventilators, is no higher than 25 feet 10 inches and has no chimneys, provided that the roof of the ell shall not be used for the drying of clothes nor any other activity objectionable to the abutters
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
25Jul1896 David L. Webster, and Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (owners of lot at 306 Commonwealth) Ruth Williams, a minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (owner of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2325 99
Building restriction included in land transfer deed for the benefit of 306 Commonwealth, to continue for thirty years from May 1, 1895, specifying that (1) no building may be constructed at 304 Commonwealth that extends further south than 94 feet from Commonwealth Avenue, nor more than 74 feet from the front ashlar line of such building constructed at 304 Commonwealth; and (2) no windows may be placed by either 304 Commonwealth or 306 Commonwealth that overlook each other’s premises other than windows in bays or octagon fronts projecting from the rear face (this prohibition does not include any windows west of a line 86 feet east of Hereford)
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
11May1895 David L. Webster and Andrew G. Webster and Arthur Reed, trustees for the benefit of Mary Moulton Webster, Ella E. Hill, Clara E. Webster, Frances Maria Webster, and Mary Alba Webster (seller of lot at 304 Commonwealth; owner of lot at 306 Commonwealth Ruth Williams, minor under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (purchaser of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2276 251
Building restriction agreement (1) modifying prior building restriction agreement (Book 2037, p. 549) to (a) permit the eastern wall of a one story rear ell at the rear of 304 Commonwealth to be sixteen feet from the western line of 302 Commonwealth (the permitted line previously being twenty feet from 302 Commonwealth), and (b) permit construction of a rear bay at 304 Commonwealth, the eastern line of which is thirteen feet from the western line of 302 Commonwealth; and (2) permitting 302 Commonwealth to install three windows (two on the first story and one on the second story) in the portion of the party wall not being used by 304 Commonwealth, said windows to remain “at the pleasure of” 304 Commonwealth.
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
01Sep1895 Samuel P. Mandell and Ann E. Mandell, his wife, in her own right (owner of 302 Commonwealth) Ruth Williams, a minor child under the guardianship of Benjamin C. Clark and Otis E. Weld (owner of lot at 304 Commonwealth) 2325 103
Building restriction agreement entered into for the benefit of 302 Commonwealth specifying that (1) no building may constructed on the vacant lot at 304-306 Commonwealth within twenty feet of the western line of 302 Commonwealth that extends further south than the building at 302 Commonwealth (about 62 feet from front ashlar line to rear), but permitting a bay or other projection further back within specified limits; and (2) no building may be constructed on the remainder of the land at 304-306 Commonwealth beyond twenty feet from 302 Commonwealth that extends further than 74 feet deep from front ashlar line of 302 Commonwealth to rear, except for buildings of one story in height.
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
28Dec1891 David L. Webster, Mary M. Webster, and Andrew G. Webster, surviving trustees under the will of John G. Webster (owners of lot at 304-306 Commonwealth and of 308-310 Commonwealth) Samuel P. Mandell and Ann E. Mandell, his wife, in her own right (owner of 302 Commonwealth) 2037 549
Building restriction agreement included in land transfer deeds specifying that no buildings other than dwelling houses and the usual buildings appurtenant thereto, including stables for private use, will be built on the land on Newbury Street across the alley from 294-310 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
18Jun1880 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (sellers of two-sixths undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) Jacob C. Rogers (purchaser of two-sixths undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) 1495 553
01Aug1879 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (sellers of one-sixth undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) Jacob C. Rogers (purchaser of one-sixth undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) 1464 251
01Aug1879 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees (sellers of three-sixths undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) William D. Pickman (purchaser of three-sixths undivided interest lots at 294-310 Commonwealth) 1464 250
Building restriction agreement by the owners of the property between the south side of Commonwealth between Gloucester and Hereford, and the north side of Newbury between Gloucester and Hereford, establishing setback requirements for Commonwealth and Newbury, and reserving land for a sixteen foot wide passageway running parallel with Commonwealth and Newbury
Date Parties Book Page
04Mar1878 Caleb H. Warner and Charles F. Smith, trustees, Edwin Pope, and Boylston National Bank 1420 282