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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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3 Greenough Street

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1925
4/16/1925
Architect:
John E. Kickham
Builder:
John E. Kickham
Cost to Build:
$14,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
John E. Kickham, 1928 Beacon Street
First Residents:
 John E.,Agnes E., and Edward L. Kickham

Building contractor John Kickham (c1880-1941) designed and built this house at the corner of Washington and Greenough Streets for himself, his sister Agnes, and his brother Edward. The site was part of the Wild House property until it was acquired by the Blakes in the 1880s.

Edward Kickham, a physician, was senior obstetrician and gynecologist at Carney Hospital (from 1924) and St. Elizabeth's Hospital (from 1930.) He was also an instructor in gynecology at Tufts Medical School. He lived in this house with his brother and sister for a few years -- listed in the Brookline street list at this address from 1927 to 1932 -- before moving across Greenough Street to 432 Washington Street. Edward died in 1944. (New York Times obituary 8/12/44.)

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: John E. Kickham, 50, building contractor; Agnes E. Kickham, 45; and Edward L. Kickham, 34, physician. The house was valued at $12,000.

In 1942, after John's death, Alice Kickham was joined by Elizabeth M. Kelly, 74, and Ellen G. Kelly, 76. These may have been aunts of the Kickhams. (Their mother's maiden name was Kelly.) Members of the Kickham family continued to live in the house until 1976 or 1977.