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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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86 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1941
5/10/1941
Architect:
William J. Freethy
Builder:
Harry Sklaver
Cost to Build:
$8,500
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Goldie Sklaver, 7 Harvard Street
First Residents:
Ethel & Harry Lewis

The builder and architect of this house, Harry Sklaver and William J. Freethy, were responsible for five houses on Somerset Road and one on the north side of Welland Road, all of which were on the part of the property retained by Frances Blake in 1916 and not developed until after her death in 1939. Sklaver and Freethy also worked together on 36 Blake Road, the last (or possibly next to last) house built in the earlier stage of development.

85 Somerset Road is a duplicate of 80 Somerset Road and also of 116 Clark Road in Brookline.

The first residents of this house were Ethel (1892-1995) and Harry Lewis (1889-1967?) who moved here from 235 Freeman Street. Their neighbors on Freeman Street, Paul and Bessie Cohen, moved across the street to 80 Somerset Road at the same time the Cohens moved here. The Lewises were owners H. Lewis Co., a children's clothing distributor. The family was listed at this address until the late 1980s.