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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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21 Lowell Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1928
4/20/1928
Architect:
Royal Barry Wills
Builder:
Maurice A. Dunlavy
Cost to Build:
$15,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Maurice A. Dunlavy
First Residents:
The Harrington Family

This house, like all of the houses on Lowell Road with the exception of the pre-development 8-10 and 12-14 Lowell, was built by Maurice Dunlavy and designed by Royal Barry Wills.

21 Lowell Road was home to members of the Harrington family from the time it was built until the early 1960s. Mary D. Harrington (born c1870) moved in initially with her son William and his wife Alice and their three children. William (born c1895) was a manager of a petroleum products company.

The 1930 U.S. Census shows the residents as: Wiliam E. Harringon, 35, office manager (petroleum products); Alice H. Harrington, 31; Paul D. Harrington, 2; William E. Harrington, 6; Joan Harrington, <1; Mary D. Harrington, 60, (mother); and Theresa Foley, 24, a servant, born Irish Free State. The house was valued at $25,000.

Around 1931, William and his family moved away and his brother Francis D. Harrington, together with his wife Anna and their two children, moved in with Mary Harrington.They had been living nearby on Gorham Road. Francis was a salesman, listed as assistant division manager with a truck company in the 1930 U.S. Census. He was later listed in the Street List as a salesman and an executive.