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Knowlton & J.M. Hartwell
(On Permit Date):
D. Pike, 93 Evans Road
D. & Mabel
Road was one of three houses built in Blake Park by the Inter-City
Trust before its collapse in scandal. At $30,000, it was the most
expensive house built in the development. The design was by Clarence
Thayer McFarland, who also designed 112 and 150 Gardner Road for
the Trust and was in line to design other houses as well.
of the house first appeared in a November 1921 ad for Blake Park
in the Brookline Chronicle. (A portion of the ad is shown
here). A building permit was issued the following April. The house
may not have been completed and occupied until 1924. It first appeared
in the Brookline Street List in 1925.
was built for George and Mabel Pike. Their daughter, Elsie Pike
Whitney, lived there with them beginning in 1929 or 1930. George
Pike was president of the Boston Blacking Company, a manufacturer
of polish and adhesives for the shoe industry. Founded in Chelsea
in 1889, Boston Blacking was sold to the United Shoe Company in
Census lists the residents as: George D. Pike, 68; Mabel G. Pike,
69; Elsie P. Whitney, 39; and three servants, Eva Johnson, 33, a
waitress (presumably for the family); John D. Johnson, 30, chauffer;
and Vivian Foster, 32, cook. The Johnsons and Foster were all born
in Sweden. The house was valued at $45,000.
were listed at this address in the Street List through 1934. They
were followed by Joseph and Clara Goldman, owners of this house
for more than 50 years. (They were listed in the Street List from
1935 to 1987.) A physician, born in Russia, Joseph Goldman was assistant
chief of the allergy clinic at Beth Israel Hospital. He was a professor
at the Boston University School of Medicine and an instructor at
Tufts University. He died in 1984.
years beginning around 1937, the Goldmans apparently rented a separate
apartment in the house. Listed as 80A Gardner Road, its residents
changed just about every year.