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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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108 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1941
4/28/1941
Architect:
Joseph Selwyn
Builder:
Jacob Hurwitz
Cost to Build:
$12,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Jacob Hurwitz, Dorchester
First Residents:
Edith & Paul Mannos

This house was one of six designed by Joseph Selwyn and build by Jacob Hurwitz on Somerset Road in 1941. They were among the last houses built in the development of Blake Park (not counting three homes added in the 1950s).

The first residents were Edith and Paul Mannos, who moved here from 69 Baxter Road. They were listed her for just one year (1942). Paul Mannos, a contractor, was convicted in 1941, along with the mayor of Cambridge, of arranging kickbacks from architects and engineers for building contracts with the city. Mannos was sentenced to 3-4 years in prison.

The next residents were Anna and Louis J. Bernstein who moved here from Brighton. Louis Bernstein (born in Canada c1898; his parents were immigrants from Poland) was a merchant, shown as owner of a general store in the 1930 Census when the family lived in Boston. He and his wife Anna (1902?-1987?), who was born in Poland, had a daughter, Estelle. The family was listed at this address from 1943 until the late 1960s.