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Hill Building Co.
(On Permit Date):
Hill Building Co., 1320 Beacon St.
& Joseph Goldstein
Harry Ramsey, who designed three houses in the first phase of Blake
Park's development (two on Blake Road and one on Stanton Road),
was also the designer of this later house.
was the home for more than 50 years to the family of Anna and Joseph
Goldstein. Joseph Goldstein (1895-1997) was the son of Russian immigrants.
His father Julius owned a shoe business, Julius Goldstein &
Sons, a wholesaler and manufacturer with offices on Lincoln Street
in Boston. As a teenager, according to an obituary in the Boston
Herald, Joseph was a "puller" at his father's shoe
store charged with "pulling" people into the shop by convincing
them that they needed new shoes.
a degree in chemistry from Harvard but missed his commencement in
1918 because he was serving in France with the American Expeditionary
Force which he had joined as a volunteer. He returned in 1919 to
receive his degree and was offered a job with Standard Oil in Venezuela,
according to a 1996 profile in the Harvard Crimson. But
with support from his wife Anna (1897-1990), Joseph's high school
sweetheart who he married after returning from France, he decided
instead to join the family business. Putting his chemistry training
to use, he invented a line of "Nite-Glow" slippers with
glow-in-the-dark patches that made them easy to find at night.
retired from the shoe business in 1985. In 1996, at the age of 101,
he led the commencement parade at Harvard as the University's oldest
living graduate. He died the following year.