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

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55 Welland Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Ralph I. Williams
Simon S. Black
Cost to Build:
(On Permit Date):
Simon S. Black, Allston
First Residents:
Edith & William Reiser

55 Welland Road was one of first houses built after Frances Blake's death and the addition to Blake Park of that part of the estate that she had retained in 1916. It was the work of the builder/architect team of Simon Black and Ralph I. Williams who were also responsible for the next three houses on the north side of Welland Road and four others on Blake Road.

The first residents of this house were Edith and William Reiser. William Reiser was born in Pennsylvania c1894, the son of immigrants from Russia. He was listed as a furniture broker in the 1930 U.S. Census when he and Edith lived with her parents in Boston. The Brookline Street List showed him as a salesman. Edith Reiser was born in Russia c1905 and came to the U.S. in 1906.

The Reisers were listed at this house from 1941 until the late 1940s.