Index to Deeds: 306 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
14Jan1980 Florence G. Cohen 306 Commonwealth Condominium 9360 134
10Sep1962 Edward L. Davock and Florence I. Davock, husband and wife Florence G. Cohen 7678 327
15Jun1959 Herbert C. Graves Edward L. Davock and Florence I. Davock, husband and wife 7403 302
15Jan1958 Frederick E. Farnum and Julia F. Farnum, husband and wife Herbert C. Graves 7288 420
31Aug1955 Frederick L. Arata Frederick E. Farnum and Julia F. Farnum, husband and wife 7087 440
22Jan1945 David C. Percival and Harriette W. Percival, husband and wife Julia Arata and Frederick L. Arata 6137 601
31Jan1925 Edward E. Hardy David C. Percival and Harriette W. Percival, husband and wife 4676 446
31Jan1925 David C. Percival Edward E. Hardy 4676 446
01Jun1905 George M. Weed David C. Percival, Jr. 3047 186
10Aug1904 Henry Hyde Dwight and Alba Webster Dwight, his wife, in her own right (foreclosure of mortgage given by Alba Webster Dwight to Isadore Braggiotti and assigned by him to Edward H. Whorf) George M. Weed 2988 228
06Jul1897 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 Alba Webster Dwight (formerly Mary Alba Webster), wife of Henry Hyde Dwight 2695 100
25Jan1897 Augustus F. Arnold 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 2416 463
25Jan1897 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 19 foot 7.5 inch frontage and dwelling house) Augustus F. Arnold 2416 458
Transfers of Unimproved Land
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
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 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
Party wall agreement with respect to the wall between 306 Commonwealth and 308 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
14Nov1888 Charles W. Pierce (owner of lot at 306 Commonwealth) George W. Nason (owner of lot at 308 Commonwealth) 1849 262
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
Building restrictions included in land transfer deed for the benefit of 308 Commonwealth specifying that (1) no building shall be erected at 306 Commonwealth the main part of which extends further south from Commonwealth Avenue than the following lines: from a point on the western boundary 64 feet 4 inches south of Commonwealth, running southeast at an angle of 45 degrees until intersection with a second line extending west from a point on the eastern boundary of the premises by a line parallel to and 64 feet south of Commonwealth, except that (a) the basement may extend one foot further, and (b) an ell may be constructed on the eastern boundary, being no more than three stories and extending no further than 92 feet from Commonwealth and not more than 12 feet 4 feet from the eastern boundary (but allowing a bay to extend on the rear of the ell one foot); (2) 308 Commonwealth reserves the right to maintain windows in the party wall, subject to the grantees right “to build against and close up any of said windows and restore the party wall the same may become necessary in the erection of any building upon the granted premises or of any addition thereto.”
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
25Jan1897 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) (sellers of 306 Commonwealth; owners of 308 Commonwealth) Augustus F. Arnold (purchaser of 306 Commonwealth) 2416 458
Building restriction agreement modifying prior building restriction agreement for the benefit of 306 Commonwealth (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 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