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

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37 Lowell Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Royal Barry Wills
Maurice A. Dunlavy
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Maurice A. Dunlavy
First Residents:
Henry & Grace Rogerson

This house, like all of the houses on Lowell Road with the exception of the pre-development 8-10 and 12-14 Lowell, was built by Maurice Dunlavy and designed by Royal Barry Wills.

Henry Rogerson (1903-1976) joined his brother Francis, 15 years his senior, on Lowell Road in Blake Park. (Francis and his family moved into #22 the same year.) Their father was chairman of the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Henry, like his brother, followed their father into financial services. He was a 26-year old bond salesman in 1930, the first year he and his wife Grace (1904-1985) were listed at this address. He later became vice president and a director of Lee Higginson Corp., an investment firm, before retiring in 1966.

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Henry C. Rogerson, 26, bond salesman (investment firm); Grace Rogerson, 26; Charles E. Rogerson, 2; Mary Gillespie, 21, nurse, born Irish Free State; and Betty Gillespie, 23, maid, born Irish Free State. The house was valued at $24,500.

The Rogersons lived at this address until the late 1940s.