Index to Deeds: 377 Commonwealth

The following is an index to property transfer deeds and party wall and passageway agreements recorded at the Suffolk County Deed Registry from the original land purchase until the property was converted 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
05Jun1981 (recorded 13Jul1981) Judith S. Schwartz, trustee. Seofon Trust 377 Commonwealth Condominium 9803 324
27May1980 (recorded 9Jun1981) Glen G. Grant, trustee, Commonwealth College Trust Judith S. Schwartz, trustee, Seofon Trust 9775 158
04Jan1977 Garland Junior College Glen G. Grant, trustee, Commonwealth College Trust 8927 347
17Feb1964 David S. Abrahamson and Virginia M. Abrahamson, husband and wife Garland Junior College 7822 424
13May1952 Emerson College David S. Abrahamson and Virginia M. Abrahamson, husband and wife 6784 13
11Aug1948 Marion Luse Chenery Emerson College 6453 430
14Feb1921 Albert F. Converse and Michael L. Sullivan, special administrators of the estate of Mary S. Knowlton Marion Luse Chenery, wife of William E. Chenery 4274 535
Transfers of Unimproved Land
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
25Apr1889 Katharine H. Andrews (lot with 23.40 foot frontage) Mary S. Knowlton, wife of Albion Knowlton 1873 47
25Apr1889 Albion Knowlton (lot with 23.40 foot frontage) Katharine H. Andrews 1873 46
20Mar1889 Josiah B. Kendall (lot with 23.40 foot frontage) Albion Knowlton 1867 49
12Mar1889 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (lot with 30 foot frontage) Josiah B. Kendall 1867 35
20Feb1883 Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Henry M. Whitney, trustees (Lot with 125 foot frontage on Beacon and 246.77 frontage on Massachusetts Avenue) Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell 1588 434
01Jun1880 Boston Water Power Company Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Henry M. Whitney, trustees 1495 35
01Jun1880 Dwight Foster, Gilman Collamore, and George Richardson, trustees under indenture with Boston Water Power Company dated 1Jun1874 (release) Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Henry M. Whitney, trustees 1495 33
01Mar1872 Boston Water Power Company Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Frank W. Andrews, trustees 1095 1
Party Wall Agreements
Date Party One Party Two Book Page
12Mar1889 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (owner of lot at 375 Commonwealth) Josiah B. Kendall (owner of lot at 377 Commonwealth) 1867 37
21Nov1887 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (owners of lot at 377 Commonwealth George Wheatland, Jr. (owner of lot at 379 Commonwralth) 1839 293
Agreement modifying earlier building restriction included in Book 2034, p. 537 (19Dec1891), specifying that until December 19, 1911, (a) any building built at 375 Commonwealth shall be a single dwelling house not more than four stories in height with the depth limited to not more than 62 feet north from the front line of 377 Commonwealth, but allowing for “the usual projections” in the front and for a bay window in the rear projecting from the second and third not more than 2.5 feet, the west side of which shall be no closer than 11 feet from the boundary line between 375 Commonwealth and 377 Commonwealth; and (b) a triangular parcel of land at the rear of 375 Commonwealth shall be kept open to the sky to provide light and air for 377 Commonwealth, that parcel beginning at a point on the western boundary between 375 and 377 Commonwealth 58 feet 8 inches north of the front of 377 Commonwealth, running north 3 feet 4 inches, thence east 3 feet 4 inches, thence southwest  4 feet 8 inches to the point of beginning.
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
15Jun1892 Mary S. Knowlton, wife of Albion Knowlton (owner of 377 Commonwealth) Holmes M. Jernegan (owner of 375 Commonwealth) 2066 400
Building restriction included in land transfer deed, specifying that until December 19, 1921, any building built at 375 Commonwealth shall be a single dwelling house not more than four stories in height with the depth limited to not more than 62 feet north from the front line of 377 Commonwealth
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
18Dec1891 Albion Knowlton and Mary S. Knowlton, his wife, in her own right (seller of lot ay 375 Commonwealth and owner of 377 Commonwealth) Holmes M. Jernegan (purchaser of 375 Commonwealth) 2034 537
Agreement with by owners of land between the south side of Marlborough and north side of Commonwealth, west of West Chester Park: (1) establishing (a) a 16 foot  wide passageway running west from Massachusetts Avenue between the lots at 424-428 Marlborough and 47-51 Massachusetts Avenue to the north and the lots at 371-377 Commonwealth to the south; (b) a 14 foot wide passageway running south from Marlborough and connecting with the 16 foot passageway; and (c) a five foot wide passageway running west from the intersection of the 16 foot wide passageway and the 14 foot wide passageway, ending at the eastern boundary of 391 Commonwealth; and (2) specifying that owners of properties on either side of 14 foot passageway (i.e., 428 Marlborough and 430 Marlborough) may “project bay windows and other similar projections at height not less than thirteen feet above the ground and not extending beyond to center of the way.”
15Mar1886 George Wheatland, Jr. (owner of land west of lots at 428 Marlborough and 377 Commonwealth) Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (owners of lots at 424-428 Marlborough, 47-51 Massachusetts Avenue, and 371-377 Commonwealth 1717 17