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

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91 Blake Road

95 Blake Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Ralph I. Williams
Simon S. Black
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Simon Black
First Residents:
Mitchel & Rose Fries

This house was one of four built in 1940 on the south side of Blake Road, on land that had remained part of the Blake Estate after the rest of the estate was sold for the earlier stage of development. All were built by the builder/architect team of Simon Black and Ralph I. Williams. (The two were also responsible for four houses on Welland Road built after the death of Frances Blake and the sale of the remaining property.)

The first owners were Mitchel and Rose Fries, who moved here from Brighton. Mitchel was a leather merchant. Both were born in Russia and came to the U.S. in 1914. They had two adult children living with them: a daughter, Bernice, and a son, Eliot, a salesman who entered the army shortly after moving to Blake Road. The family was listed here in the Street List until 1962.