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

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15 Hancock Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1926 or 1927
Royal Barry Wills
Maurice A. Dunlavy
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
First Residents:
Thomas and Elizabeth G. Wilbor

15 Hancock Road was the first of two houses on this street -- #16 across the street is the other -- designed by Royal Barry Wills and built by Maurice Dunlavy.

The first residents of this house were a sister and brother, Elizabeth and Thomas Wilbor, first listed in the Street List in 1927. Thomas' occupation is shown as "rancher", which seems unusual for Brookline in the 1920s, but no further information is available.

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Elizabeth G. Wilbor, 75; Thomas Wilbor, 70 (brother); and a servant, Bertha Colburne, 54, born Canada. The house was valued at $17,000. Thomas was last listed in the Street List in 1932 and Elizabeth in 1935.

The next residents were Winslow and Emily Crowell. Wislow Crowell was in the advertising industry. They were listed at this address in the Street List from1936 to 1944. Harry and Ryah Goodman were next, first listed in 1945. Both were born in Russia. Harry, an accountant (born c1902), emigrated in 1908 and Ryah (1905-2002) in 1914.