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A. and Mary L. Singer
150 Gardner Road was
one of three Blake Park houses, all on Gardner Road, developed by
the Inter-City Trust and designed by the Trust's architect Clarence
Thayer McFarland. A sketch of McFarland's design, together with
a description of the house, was shown in an ad for Blake Park in
the Brookline Chronicle in December 1921. (See below).
Ground had been broken for the house by then, according to the ad,
although it seems likely actual construction did not begin for some
time after. (The building permit was issued in September 1922.)
was built for John L. Bates, Governor of Massachusetts from 1903
to 1904 and, before that, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the
House. Bates, however, never lived in the Gardner Road house. Construction
was apparently still incomplete when the Inter-City scandal put
a halt to development, and didn't resume until 1925.
became home, instead, to the family of Samuel A. and Mary L. Singer.
Samuel, born in Poland, was a real estate investor prominent in
that field in Boston for 35 years. He was one of the founders of
Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, and also served as a
vice president of the Grove Hall Savings Bank. The Singers lived
here until 1949 or 1950. He died in 1961.
second son Bernard later became prominent in real estate as well.
He served as chairman of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
in the 1980s. Bernard died in 1996.
U.S. Census listed the residents as: Samuel A. Singer, 45, broker
(real estate), born in Poland; Mary L. Singer, 43, born in Russia;
Harold Singer, 20; Bernard Singer, 13; Sylvia F. Singer, 9; and
Thekla Job, 25, cook, born in Germany. The house was valued at $30,000.