Index to Deeds: 491 Beacon (21-23 Massachusetts Avenue)

The following is an index to property transfer deeds, easements, and building restriction agreements recorded at the Suffolk County Deed Registry from the original land purchase through December 31, 2017.  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
31May1979 Sidney M. Miller, Eugene M. Miller, and James M. Miller (491 Beacon and 25-27 Massachusetts Avenue) David G. Ricupero 9185 175
26Feb1925 Sam Cohen Bertha Miller 4657 50
26Feb1925 Ira W. Shapira, trustee, Inverness Realty Trust Sam Cohen 4657 46
02Apr1923 Carroll T. Donahue Ira W. Shapira, trustee, Inverness Realty Trust 4454 543
31Mar1923 William A. Gaston, Sidney E. Shuman, and Alexander Steinert, executors of and trustees under the will of Abraham Shuman Carroll T. Donahue 4454 541
31Oct1891 Eugene H. Fay Abraham Shuman 2025 273
01Oct1891 Seth R. Baker (lot with 48 foot frontage and building) Eugene H. Fay 2021 230
Transfers of Unimproved Land
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
03May1890 Oscar L. Stillings (lot with 28 foot frontage) Seth R. Baker 1933 424
25Apr1890 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (corner lot with 44 foot frontage on Beacon and 93 foot frontage on Massachusetts Avenue) Seth R. Baker 1933 161
14Aug1888 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (lot with 28 foot frontage) Oscar L. Stillings 1837 152
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
01Mar1872 Boston Water Power Company Grenville T. W. Braman, Henry D. Hyde, and Frank W. Andrews, trustees 1095 1
Easement to permit continued use of door in southern wall of 495-497 Beacon to  permit access to the 3.5 foot wide passageway leading, to the four foot wide passage way and six foot passageway leading to the alley
Date Party One Party Two Land Court Document
06Mar1967 Edward J. Goodfellow (owner of 495-497 Beacon) Bertha Miller (owner of 25-27 Massachusetts Avenue) 282432
Easement included in land transfer deed providing right of way over and drainage under passageway six feet wide at the rear of 25-27 Massachusetts Avenue for the benefit of 491 Beacon, as shown on plan recorded Book 2002, at end of book (24Jun1891)
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
27Jul1891 Seth R. Baker (seller of 25-27 Massachusetts Avenue) James Edgar Moore (purchaser of 25-27 Massachusetts Avenue) 2010 259
Easement included in land transfer deed providing right of way over and drainage under 3.5 foot wide passageway at the rear of 495-497 Beacon for the benefit of lot to the east, as shown on plan recorded with Book 1955, p. 481 (28Dec1894), connecting with the four foot wide passageway and six foot wide passageway leading to the alley, as shown on plan recorded with Book 1717, p. 17 (15Mar1886)
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
14Oct1890 Seth R. Baker (seller of 495-497 Beacon) Louis J. Elkan (purchaser of 495-497 Beacon) 1961 628
Right of passage over and drainage under the four foot wide passageway and six foot passageway leading to the alley, as shown on plan recorded with Book 1717, p. 17 (15Mar1886)
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
14Aug1888 Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (sellers of lot at 495-497 Beacon) Oscar L. Stillings (purchaser of lot at 495-497 Beacon) 1837 152
Building restriction agreement by the owners of all land on the south side of Beacon between West Chester Park (Massachusetts Avenue) and Ipswich (Charlesgate East) requiring all buildings be set back 10 feet from the line of Beacon Street.  Steps, windows, porticos, and other usual projections are allowed within this reserved space, provided that that (a) projections of any kind other than door steps and balustrades connected therewith and roof cornices may extend no more than five feet into the reserved space, and (b) bays and bows are permitted in the reserved space subject to dimensional limitations set forth in the agreement.
Date Parties Book Page
01Feb1887 Henry Lee, H. H. Hunnewell, Augustus Lowell, Louis Curtis, Francis A. Osborn, G. T. W. Braman, and trustees of Commonwealth Avenue Lands 1762 7
Agreement by the owners of land on Beacon and Marlborough between West Chester Park (Massachusetts Avenue) and Ipswich Street (Charlesgate East) (1) providing for a sixteen foot wide passageway between the lots on Beacon and the lots on Marlborough to a point about 452 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue and then turning south to connect with Marlborough; and (2) establishing a setback requirement for a portion of the north side of Marlborough, specifically requiring that (a) buildings on lots located between Massachusetts Avenue and 125 feet west thereof must be set back 10 feet from Marlborough, and (b) buildings located on lots between 125 feet and 323.66 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue must be set back by a line that is 10 feet north of Marlborough on the east (at a point 125 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue) and 5 feet north of Marlborough on the west (at a point 323.33 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue); and further providing that that steps, porticos, and other usual projections appurtenant to the front wall of a building are permitted in the reserved space, and bays and bows are permitted in the reserved space subject to dimensional limitations.
Date Party One Party Two Party Three Book Page
10Jun1885 Francis W. Palfrey, Francis A. Osborn, and Grenville T. W. Braman, trustees (owners of lot running from Charlesgate East to a point on Beacon 200 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue and to a point on Marlborough 323.66 feet west of Massachusetts Avenue) Henry M. Whitney (owner of lot with 75 foot frontage on Beacon and 198.66 feet on Marlborough) Henry Lee, H. Hollis Hunnewell, and Augustus Lowell (owners of lot with 125 foot frontage on Beacon and Marlborough) 1685 433