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

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17 Weybridge Lane

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Royal Barry Wills
Maurice Dunlavy
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Maurice Dunlavy
First Residents:
Osborne & Lucia E. Sharples

17 Weybridge Lane, like all four of the houses on this small and still private street (and 21 others in Blake Park), was designed by Royal Barry Wills and built by Maurice A. Dunlavy.

The first residents of this house were Osborne and Lucia Sharples. Osborne Sharples was born in England in 1881 and came to the U.S. in 1913. He was listed as an engineer for most of the years he was in the Street List, but as a chauffer during the war years. (He had also been listed as a chauffer in the 1930 U.S. Census.)

He and his wife Lucia (c1890-1971) had an adopted daughter Dorothy (1908-1977). A teacher, she was art director at Lesley College from 1943 to 1962 and later was art director for the Winthrop School Department until her retirement in 1973. The Sharples family was listed at this address from 1934 until the early 1970s