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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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114 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1941
5/7/1941
Architect:
Joseph Selwyn
Builder:
Jacob Hurwitz
Cost to Build:
$12,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Edith Gerson, Roxbury
First Residents:
Samuel & Lena Heller

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 Samuel and Lena Heller who moved here from Dorchester. Samuel Heller was a leather merchant. Born in Russia c1893, he came to the U.S. in 1908. He and his wife Lena (born in New York c1900) had two children. Their daughter Trudy and her husband Myer H. Shuman were listed with them at this address in 1946. Myer Shuman, who had been in the Army Air Corps in World War II, worked for his father-in-law's business, Heller Leather.

Membes of the Heller family were listed at this address from 1942 until the early 1970s.