Blake Park: Brookline, Massachusetts
History of a Neighborhood, 1916-2005

The Houses and People of Blake Park

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10 Hancock Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Fred H. Gowing
Mr. Bodge (no first name given)
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Henry Spencer Moody, Jr., 772 Washington Street
First Residents:
Margaret F. & Henry Spencer Moody

10 Hancock Road, situated at the top of the Gardner Path steps leading up from Washington Street, was the first of six houses built on this cul-de-sac street near the highest point of the Blake Park development. The architect was Frederick H. Gowing, author of "Building Plans for Modern Houses." Gowing had designed 9 Greenough Street in Blake Park two years earlier. See 9 Greenough Street for more about him.

The residents of this house from 1929, when they were first listed in the Street List, until the early 1960s were Margaret and H. Spencer Moody. Spencer Moody was in the real estate business with his Brookline-based H.S. Moody Company.

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Henry S. Moody Jr., 29, operator (real estate); Margaret F. Moody, 28; and Marilyn E. Moody, <1. The house was valued at $20,000.