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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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109 Welland Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1928
12/29/1928
Architect:
Burdo & Boyd
Builder:
Burdo & Boyd
Cost to Build:
$10,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Burdo & Boyd, 12 Stanton Road
First Residents:
Katherine M. Blumpey

One of 10 houses in Blake Park constructed by the builders Burdo & Boyd, 109 Welland was the first of five in a row they built at this end of Welland Road.

The first residents were Katherine M. Blumpey, her sister Marguerite L. Bruni and Marguerite's husband Gino L. Bruni. The sisters did not have any occupation listed. Gino Bruni (born in Italy c1882, came to the U.S. c1900) was shown as an artist. (The 1930 U.S. Census showed him as having his own studio. In the 1920 Census he was listed as a card publisher.)

The 1930 U.S. Census, which showed Katherine Blumpey as the head of household, listed the residents as: Katherine M. Blumpey, 50; Marguerite L. Bruni, 51 (sister); and Gino L. Bruni, 48 (brother-in-law), artist (own studio). The house was valued at $20,000.

Katherine Blumpey (born c1879) was listed at this address in the Street List from1930 to 1933; Marguerite Bruni (born c1880) from 1931 to 1933; and Gino Bruni from 1931 to 1932.

The next residents of this house were Joseph and Augusta Hurwitz, about whom little information is available. No ages were given for them in the four years they were listed at this address in the Street List (1934 to 1937) and no occupation was listed until the last year when Joseph's occupation was shown as "furniture."

Following the Hurwitzes here were Joseph S. and Sadie R. Baram, first listed at this address in 1938. Joseph Baram (1885-1970?) was in the wholesale meat business. He and his wife Sadie (1891-1973?) were listed here until the late 1950s.