Index to Deeds: 400-416 Commonwealth

The following is an index to property transfer deeds and party wall, use, and building restriction agreements recorded at the Suffolk County Deed Registry from the original land purchase until conversion of the property 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.

Deeds relating to 425 Newbury are included in the index for 388-390 Commonwealth.

From 1908, 425 Newbury was under the same ownership as 388-390 Commonwealth. It remained a vacant lot. In 1947, 388-390 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury were acquired by Abraham Sonnabend, and in 1951, his Cleveland Hotel Corporation acquired 400-416 Commonwealth. The buildings subsequently were operated as an integrated property.  In 1966, a parking garage was built at 425 Commonwealth.  When the ownership of 388-390 Commonwealth and 400-416 Commonwealth was separated in 1983, 425 Newbury was divided between the two owners.  The property subsequently was converted into a garage condominium.

Transfers of Land and Buildings
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
27May1983 400 Commonwealth Avenue Apartments LP (400-416 Commonwealth) The Somerset Condominium 10381 305
22May1983 400 Commonwealth Avenue Apartments LP (425 Newbury) The Somerset Garage Condominium 10382 1
30Mar1983 400 Commonwealth Avenue Apartments LP (388-390 Commonwealth and 100/326 undivided interest in 425 Newbury parking garage) Frederic W. Rust, III, trustee, Puritan Investment Trust 10279 293
29Jan1982 Naramco (Boston), Inc.; Aquilini Group (US), Inc.; and Commonwealth Heritage Corporation (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) 400 Commonwealth Avenue Apartments LP 9906 464
19Jun1981 Neref South Realty Corp. and Clifton Investments, Inc., doing business as Somerset Associates (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) Naramco (Boston), Inc. and Aquilini Group (US), Inc. (52.22 undivided interes); and Commonwealth Heritage Corporation (47.78 undivded interest) 9790 115
26Aug1980 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Inc. (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) Neref South Realty Corp. and Clifton Investments, Inc., doing business as Somerset Associates 9681 119
25Aug1980 John F. Desmond, trustee in bankruptcy, New Somerset Apartments Co., Inc. (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury; release of interest as trustee in bankruptcy) 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Inc. 9681 116
06Aug1980 Robert E. Barrett, trustee, Somerset Apartments Trust (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury; foreclosure of mortgage given by Robert E. Barrett, trustee, Somerset Apartments Trust, to the Savings Bank Trust Company, which assigned it to the Lincoln Savings Bank, which assigned it to the LSB Realty Trust; the mortgage was assumed by New Somerset Apartments Co., Inc., which subsequently declared bankruptcy; the LSB Realty Trust foreclosed and sold the property to 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Inc.) 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Inc. 9495 250
13Dec1979 Irwin Cantor, trustee, Somerset Apartments Trust (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) New Somerset Apartments Co., Inc. 9334 390
28Jun1977 Savings Banks Trust Company (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) Robert E. Barrett, trustee, Somerset Apartments Trust 8964 713
19Jul1976 The Somerset Building, Inc. (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury; foreclosure of mortgage) Savings Bank Trust Company 8884 13
16Jun1975 Margery B. Shaer, trustee, Westcliffe Realty Trust (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) The Somerset Building, Inc. 8793 603
13Dec1971 S. H. Corp. (388-390-400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) David E. Connell, trustee, Westcliffe Realty Trust 8437 242
31Jan1966 Cleveland Hotel Corporation (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury) S. H. Corp. 8020 717
31Jan1966 Louis Berry, George D. Seyburn, and Benjamin J. Tager (388-390 Commonwealth, 400-416 Commonwealth and 425 Newbury; foreclosure of mortgage) Cleveland Hotel Corporation 8020 713
01Nov1960 Cleveland Hotel Corporation (400-416 Commonwealth) Louis Berry, George D. Seyburn, and Benjamin J. Tager 7518 223
11Oct1951 Somerset Hotel, Inc. (400-416 Commonwealth) Cleveland Hotel Corporation 6730 457
01Dec1944 Boston Five Cents Savings Bank (400-416 Commonwealth) Somerset Hotel, Inc. 6129 301
30Jun1942 Somerset Hotel Company (400-416 Commonwealth) Boston Five Cents Savings Bank 5995 38
07Aug1936 Boston Five Cents Savings Bank (400-416 Commonwealth) Somerset Hotel Company 5617 549
29May1936 Henry M. Williams and V. Stoddard Bigelow, successor trustees, Somerset Hotel Trust (400-416 Commonwealth) Boston Five Cents Savings Bank 5602 30
29May1901 Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Trust (416 Commonwealth) Harvey H. Baker, to the use of Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Hotel Trust 2758 50
Transfers of Unimproved Land – 400 Commonwealth: Lot with 100 foot frontage
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
27May1901 John C. Haynes Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Hotel Trust 2756 463
08Feb1893 Charles E. Perkins John C. Haynes 2114 358
13Feb1886 Frederic Amory Charles E. Perkins 1711 609
28Dec1885 Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees,The Park Entrance Lands trust Frederic Amory 1707 401
15Oct1880 Boston Water Power Company Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees,The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 195
15Oct1880 Dwight Foster, Gilman Collamore, and George Richardson, trustees for bonds issued by the Boston Water Power Co. Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 193
Transfers of Unimproved Land – 416 Commonwealth: Parcel with 133 foot frontage on Commonwealth, 231 foot frontage on Charlesgate East, and 125 feet on Newbury.  Parcel composed of a northern lot at the corner of Commonwealth and Charlesgate East, and a southern lot at the corner of Newbury and Charlesgate East
Transfers of Unimproved Land: Northern portion of parcel at 416 Commonwealth with 133 foot frontage on Commonwealth and 133 foot frontage on Charlesgate East
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
18Sep1897 Nathaniel Thayer and Eugene V. R. Thayer Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Trust 2475 524
25Aug1897 J. Whitman Bailey Nathaniel Thayer and Eugene V. R. Thayer 2465 286
25Aug1897 George S. Daniell (foreclosure of mortgage given by George Daniel to Nathaniel Thayer and Eugene V. R. Thayer; foreclosed by them and sold to J. Whitman Bailey J. Whitman Bailey 2465 282
01Jan1897 Nathaniel Thayer and Eugene V. R. Thayer George S. Daniell 2414 411
21Nov1893 Albert Geiger Nathaniel Thayer and Eugene V. R. Thayer 2165 635
16Nov1893 Augustus F. Arnold Albert Geiger 2164 474
16Nov1893 Frank E. Simpson Augustus F. Arnold 2164 469
16Jun1890 S. Endicott Peabody Frank E. Simpson 1941 536
13Jun1883 Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust S. Endicott Peabody 1604 33
15Oct1880 Boston Water Power Company Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 195
15Oct1880 Dwight Foster, Gilman Collamore, and George Richardson, trustees for bonds issued by the Boston Water Power Co. Henry M, Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 193
Transfers of Unimproved Land: Southern portion of parcel at 416 Commonwealth, with 125 foot frontage Newbury and 98 foot frontage on Charlesgate East
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
18Sep1897 J. Whitman Bailey Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Trust 2475 523
18Sep1897 John Lawrence, Francis Peabody, Jr., and Reginald Foster, trustees under the will of Abbott Lawrence J. Whitman Bailey 2475 519
30Jan1886 Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust Abbott Lawrence 1711 321
15Oct1880 Boston Water Power Company Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 195
15Oct1880 Dwight Foster, Gilman Collamore, and George Richardson, trustees for bonds issued by the Boston Water Power Co. Henry M. Whitney, Grenville T. W. Braman, and Henry D. Hyde, trustees, The Park Entrance Lands trust 1506 193
Party wall agreement
Date of Deed Party One Party Two Book Page
01Nov1897 Francis Peabody, Jr., and Henry M. Williams, trustees, Somerset Trust (owner of lot at 416 Commonwealth) John C. Haynes (owner of lot at 400 Commonwealth) 2489 1
Building restriction agreement by owners of property on the south side of Commonwealth and north side of Newbury between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East, allowing bay windows to extend into the alley, provided that they extend no further than three feet and are at least 19 feet above the surface of the passageway
Date Parties to Agreement Book Page
01Jul1908 Henry M. Williams individually and as co-trustee, Somerset Hotel Trust; John D. Hardy, trustee, Avenue Realty Trust; Cambridgeport Savings Bank; A. L. K. Volkmann; Charles H. Rutan, Schuyler S. Bartlett, and Henry B. Cabot, trustees under the will of Henry Lee; Charles R. Batt and Walter R. Dyer, trustees, 399 Newbury Street; Benjamin D, Hyde, executor of the estate of H. D. Hyde; E. Florence Macconnell; Louisa P. Russell; Robert L. Winkley, conservator of the estate of Albert Pope; and Frank D. Ellison 3518 48